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Centenary of the Crossword: The Story of the World's Most Popular Puzzle Hardcover – December 1, 2013
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The history of the the world's favorite word puzzle, alongside 50 example puzzles to solve
Forget riddles, conundrums, or that modern usurper Sudoku, the crossword is the original and best word puzzle and it has truly stood the test of time. A decade-by-decade history of the world's favorite word puzzle, this book starts from its beginnings in December 1913 in the New York World newspaper and traces its path to total global domination, with each chapter including puzzles from that era for readers to solve. Next it examines the myriad of different puzzle types, and again provides examples. Following that it discusses different crossword setters, offering their words of wisdom as well as example puzzles. The history concludes with a consideration of future solving and the next 100 years.
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"fascinating snippets of crossword history." —L.A. Times Crossword Corner
"...a quick and informative read, peppered with puzzles to engage and challenge." — PuzzleNation.
About the Author
John Halpern is a crossword setter. He writes crosswords for the Financial Times, the Guardian, and the Independent, and has written cryptic crossword books for the Guardian and the Times. Richard Browne is the crossword editor for the Times. Will Shortz is the crossword editor of the New York Times, the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
- Publisher : André Deutsch; Csm edition (December 1, 2013)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0233003967
- ISBN-13 : 978-0233003962
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.8 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,755,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #3,589 in Crossword Puzzles (Books)
- #31,663 in Historical Study (Books)
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I did like the author's enthusiasm, though, and I do like tackling his puzzles as Paul in the Guardian!
Lots of anecdotes and history of the crossword, plus information on some of nthe people who torment you every day.
Written by one of the nicest guys in crosswordland!