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Children's Word Games and Crossword Puzzles Volume 1: For Ages 7-9 (Other) Paperback – October 12, 1986
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With this first-rate volume, your child will share the pleasures known to crossword puzzle fans of all ages. Here are thirty-five of the best, most imaginative word games and crossword puzzles for children ages seven to nine. Eugene T. Maleska, crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times and a former English and Latin teacher with the New York City school system, has brought together these original puzzles and games by the country's most illustrious puzzle constructors. This collection will introduce children everywhere to the fun and challenge of word games!
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___ Derek is a famous actress. Was not the movie "10", for which Bo is (was!) famous, rated R?
___ Asner is a famous actor. That's for all the 9 yr-old fans of Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant reruns, or what?
____ With the Wind is a famous movie. 3-hour Civil War sagas are big among the 8 year old set.
Here's Johnny!: TV Star. Carson has not been on the air for two 7-year old lifetimes, and when he was, he was on at 11:30, a bit past the bedtime of most 7 yr olds.
__ Pacino is a famous actor. Yes, in Dog Day Afternoon, kids, about a guy who robs a bank to pay for his gay lover's sex change operation. Oh, and he was a murderous figure in the wonderful kids' movie "The Godfather".
What is the first name of actor Selleck? I loved Magnum PI. 25 years ago. When I was [...]
"We ___ the World" is a song. Barely!
As for the clues that are not outdated, many of them are way, way too easy, certainly for an average 9 year old, and probably for a 7 yr old who is strong enough with reading to be able to do a crossword puzzle in the first place. How about:
AR_ "What ___ little boys made of?"
AR _ You use this to throw a ball
as if those aren't easy enough already, solvers are given a list of the answers. So basically all that is required for this puzzle is to be able to read the words "war", "car", "arm", "are" and other words with "ar" and know what these 3-letter words mean. That is first grade reading, or probably kindergarten for the kids whose parents are shopping for word puzzle books. 7 year olds are in second grade, 9-yr olds are in fourth.
Will Shortz, where are you?