Crossword Puzzles Celebrate 100th Anniversary

Friday, 20 Dec 2013 02:12 PM

By Ken Mandel

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The crossword puzzle, which serves as both mental stimulation and a giant time killer, turns 100 on Saturday.

The first "word cross" puzzle appeared in the "Fun" section of New York World on Dec. 21, 1913, and was credited to a "cruciverbalist" (crossword puzzle author) named Arthur Wynne, according to Publisher's Weekly. It was diamond shaped and offered clues like "What this puzzle is" and "A river in Russia."

Urgent: Do You Approve Or Disapprove of President Obama's Job Performance? Vote Now in Urgent Poll

"There's a certain amount of satisfaction when you complete the puzzle," 92-year-old Al Bogart of Wayne, N.J., told North "It's hard to explain to somebody. You had a goal, you accomplished it."

Wynne's creation spread to other papers, and quickly became a staple of American culture.

"In the beginning, I guess it was just something that caught people's attention, like Sudoku did in recent years," R. Wayne Schmittberger, editor-in-chief of Games magazine, told North

Today, crossword puzzles have their own subculture beyond the casual way to pass time on a flight. Enthusiasts compete in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, vying for prizes.

Google has also found a way to celebrate with a "doodle" on its search page. Users can click on the image and solve the puzzle.

Editor's Note: ObamaCare Is Here. Are You Prepared?

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved