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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: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #210,640 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.

Customer Reviews

I love the puzzles.
Bonnie Bell
Also includes the very first crossword ever made which was in 1913.
Betsy
Wife loved surprise gift.
Ted

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

19 of 19 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dawn Richardson on June 24, 2014
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The clues are very wide ranging and some of the puzzles are not easily figured. Some squares require more than one letter per box, some puzzles aren't blocked out to know where one word ends and another begins. Still others have multi word phrases that don't always make much sense. Even my father, who loves the NY Times puzzle, had a difficult time not looking in the back!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phrawm47 on June 17, 2014
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Rating crossword puzzle books is tricky. My concept of good / hard may well differ from yours.

I can almost always work my way through a Sunday sized puzzle from the New York Times or the like. So my opinion is that "100 Years, 100 Crosswords" contains a good collection of "snack sized" crossword puzzles. The puzzles aren't Sunday sized, and in most cases weren't all that difficult to solve, but they are well constructed and challenging. Just right for a quick puzzle fix without committing to a Sunday-sized amount of time or effort.

However, I never really made sense out of the "100 Years" bit, though. Some of the historical puzzles did obviously come from a particular (bygone) era. And they were fun to do on that basis. But other puzzles that claimed to be from the 1950s or 60s seemed to include clues and references that were much more modern. This wasn't a problem — the puzzles were generally worth doing — but the dates on the margins of the puzzle pages never provided me with any useful information.

Long story short, I found this to be a worthwhile collection of puzzles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betsy on January 20, 2014
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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 Emily Z. on July 13, 2014
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Mom loves it and can't wait to get started.
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