Monday, February 24th, 2014

Crossword Puzzles



Did you know that crossword puzzles have a relatively short history? Per Wiki: On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne, a journalist from Liverpool, England, published a “word-cross” puzzle in the New York World that embodied most of the features of the genre as we know it. This puzzle is frequently cited as the first crossword puzzle, and Wynne as the inventor. Later, the name of the puzzle was changed to “crossword”.

Are you a fan of crossword puzzles? Do you have a favorite?

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6 thoughts on “Crossword Puzzles

  1. WSJ Friday crossward. I do it as much I can. Sometimes a weekend local crossward suffices.(when the brain gets tired.)

  2. Back in the day, I was a subscriber to GAMES Magazine, which featured some awesome crosswords… including some from Mike Shenk, who would go on to become the famed editor of the NY Times crossword.

  3. I love crossword puzzles. My favorite is the New York Times Saturday puzzles, which are supposedly the hardest. NYT Sunday is my second-favorite. Saturday’s takes several days to finish, but I never consult a dictionary or other helps.

    I often wonder how the heck people construct the puzzles.
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  4. I love crossword puzzles, but I’ve actually been using the NY Times crossword puzzles app on my iPad. The app is pretty good, and I get to play all year long for $16 per year! I still can’t do anything but Monday’s puzzle by myself, though.

    I’ve been considering buying the Retro 51 crossword puzzle pencil. I gave it as a gift to a crossword loving friend, as well as a crossword puzzle book by his favorite crossword creator. He said the pencil is actually really great to use on his newspaper. Plus, it’s gorgeous :-)

  5. I like the puzzles in the Daily Telegraph. English puzzles are slightly different from American ones. They don’t have words that lie side by side. The words do actually cross so they only one letter in common so there are far fewer check letters.

  6. I LOVE crossword puzzles, I’ve been doing them since I was like 8 years old and my mother showed me how to do them (now in my late 40’s).

    My favorites are the Chicago Tribune Sunday puzzles, they are not “easy” but they are quite possible to solve with out any help. I’ll do the NY Times puzzles often as well but I normally need some kind of help with them especially the ones later in the week.

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