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100 Years, 100 Crosswords: Celebrating the Crossword's Centennial Spiral-bound – November 6, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Spiral-bound: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Puzzlewright; Spi edition (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402796390
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402796395
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Peter Gordon is the Editorial Director of Puzzlewright Press. His crosswords have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, Newsday, and numerous puzzle magazines, including Games, where he was an editor for seven years. Gordon was a member of the winning US teams at the 1990 International Crossword Marathon in Bjelovar, Yugoslavia. His titles include Hall of Fame Crosswords, Yahtzee Scratch & Play, Match Wits With Mensa: Test Your Trivia Smarts, and Verbiage for the Verbose; he is also the coauthor of Solitaire Battleships, Scrabble-doku, and the Puzzlewright Guide to Solving Sudoku. He writes a weekly current-events crossword for The Week.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By PuzzleMAT on November 20, 2012
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Actually the book contains 101 puzzles. First up, is the 1913 puzzle that made history by Arthur Wynne (which is regarded as the world's first crossword). The next 100 puzzles that follow celebrate the crossword's centennial.

The 100 puzzles are divided into ten chapters of ten puzzles. Each chapter is divided into ten years and contains themes that are related to an important event in that timeframe. So after the first puzzle, the first chapter is 1913-1922, then 1922-1932 and so on all the way to 2003-2012.

Three random themes from the book:
-There's a puzzle devoted to the 1953 proposed description of DNA's structure.
-Premiere of `The Simpsons' in 1989
And the more recent stock market crash in 2000.
There are a lot of gimmicks throughout the book (think Thursday NYT crosswords).

The puzzles are written by well-known crossword names: Elizabeth Long, Brendan Emmett Quigley and Patrick Blindauer... to name a few. The 100 puzzles are never-before published and I would say the difficulty lingers around the Wednesday-Thursday NYT mark, experiences may vary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor F. Mastrandrea on September 7, 2013
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My wife who is beautiful as well as very smart loves this crossword book. She does crosswords in ink. I can't.
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By Robert Thomas Macrery on March 6, 2014
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Aside from the very first crossword, I don't think any of the others are genuine reproductions of crosswords from the past one hundred years.
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By Open Mind on February 8, 2014
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A compilation of crosswords which are all new, except the first crossword by Arthur Wynne (Dec. 21, 1913). The book is broken into various time periods with each crossword having at least one referral to an event in the corresdponding time period. I found it fun, but not terribly challenging.
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By Elise on January 29, 2014
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Crosswords for every decade since they began. Most are challenging and themed to remind you of the decade they were published.
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Not only are the puzzles fun and a good combo of easy and difficult but the intro about the history of crosswords is great. Also includes the very first crossword ever made which was in 1913.
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By Ennie on December 6, 2013
The crossword was born a few days after my father in December, 1913. My father made it to exactly 90 (died on his birthday!) and crosswords are still going strong. This collection contains all-new puzzles related to each era. Very nice.
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