That's how a friend from Europe characterized the American Crossword. If you've ever solved (or attempted to solve) a cryptic crossword like you find in UK newspapers, you know what he means. Personally, I need a week to solve an easy cryptic, but I've been told that your brain will eventually accustom itself to cryptic clues.
The best defense of the American crossword that I could muster at the time was that creating a filled grid for an American crossword is much more challenging (but most solvers are not constructors, so it's not much of an argument). I'd also point out that, though words do cross in a cryptic, the lack of crossers for every letter (as found in an American puzzle) make some cryptics too cryptic for even the most-expert solver.
An American-style crossword is a true crossword; a crytpic (or UK-style) crossword is a word puzzle where the answers happen to be written into a partially-crossed fill-in-the-blank form. Or at least that's what I'll tell myself as long as I am unable to solve the Sunday Times (London) crossword...
Don't forget that the first volume of the best from year one of "Monday Fills" is available on Amazon. For a mere $7.95 (or less, depending upon Amazon's dynamic pricing for books), you'll get 84 top-quality crosswords in a finely-bound paperback book. It makes a great gift and is a terrific way to show support for Monday Fills.
Back next week with another fill...