The Curious History of the Crossword

100 Puzzles from Then and Now

The Curious History of the Crossword
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Format: Paperback / softback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781937994457
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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. Journalist Arthur Wynne had wanted to devise a new game for the back of the newspaper back in 1913, so he created a diamond grid and called it a “Word-Cross,” and thus the first crossword puzzle was born.
Editor and crossword constructor Ben Tausig examines the curious history of the world’s most addictive game and its unusual upbringing. Accompanied by 100 unique and challenging puzzles from the past 100 years, he examines the evolution of grid shape, how basic expected knowledge of the reader has changed, the puzzles that break the “breakfast table rule” and more. Featuring puzzles from top constructors like Will Shortz, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Matt Jones, Cathy Millhauser, Maura Jacobson, and more. Try your pen or pencil on the crosswords your parents, grandparents, or great grandparents did decades ago!

The author

Ben Tausig is the author of Penguin Classics Crossword Puzzles, Gonzo Crosswords, and Crosswords from the Underground: 72 Puzzles from Alternative Newspapers. He is a freelance puzzle constructor living in New York City. He creates a weekly feature called "Ink Well" distributed in alternative weeklies across the continent in addition to editing a puzzle for The Onion AV Club. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology.

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Format: Paperback / softback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781937994457
Illustrations: 100 crossword puzzles
Size: 8.5 in x 9 in x 0.75 in / 215.9 mm x 228.6 mm x 19.05 mm