The Crossword Century

The Crossword Century

100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief

eBook - 2014
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A journalist and word aficionado salutes the 100-year history and pleasures of crossword puzzles Since its debut in The New York World on December 21, 1913, the crossword puzzle has enjoyed a rich and surprisingly lively existence. Alan Connor, a comic writer known for his exploration of all things crossword in The Guardian, covers every twist and turn: from the 1920s, when crosswords were considered a menace to productive society; to World War II, when they were used to recruit code breakers; to their starring role in a 2008 episode of The Simpsons; and to the continuing influence of people like Will Shortz, the iconic New York Times crossword editor. He also profiles the colorful characters who make up the interesting and bizarre subculture of crossword constructors and competitive solvers, including a ninety-year-old vicar who still creates devious puzzles for some of the top newspapers, and a man who boasts that he can solve a...
Publisher: 2014
ISBN: 9780698157019
Branch Call Number: E-Book


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FindingJane Feb 14, 2016

This book sums up everything that is fun, amusing or baffling about crosswords. A puzzle that challenges people’s literary knowledge of things common and obscure, the crossword has been a fixture of various newspapers practically since its incarnation. If any newspaper held out, they soon found that including crosswords was a sure way to boost sales.

Other word forms have existed throughout the years to tickle human fancy and prod cogitation. The clerihew, spoonerisms, acrostic, etc., have all proven challenging and amusing. But crosswords get people coming back again and again, providing sources of entertainment for people as diverse as Stephen Sondheim, Frank Sinatra and P. G. Wodehouse.

Lest you fear that the crossword may disappear with the printed word, fear not. This book holds out hope that the crossword will continue in one form or another. Until then, grab your pen and pencil, keep your dictionary in sight and start with 1 Across.


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