The Crossword Century

The Crossword Century

100 Years of Witty Wordplay, Ingenious Puzzles, and Linguistic Mischief

Book - 2014
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A British comic writer at The Guardian explores the history of the crossword puzzle, which made its debut in 1913 and went from being considered a menace to productivity to being used to recruit codebreakers by the military.
Publisher: New York, New York :, Gotham Books,, [2014]
ISBN: 9781592408580
Branch Call Number: 793.732 Connor 07/2014
Characteristics: xi, 191 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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FindingJane Feb 14, 2016

This book sums up everything that is fun, amusing or baffling about crosswords. A puzzle that challenges people’s literary knowledge of things common and obscure, the crossword has been a fixture of various newspapers practically since its incarnation. If any newspaper held out, they soon found that including crosswords was a sure way to boost sales.

Other word forms have existed throughout the years to tickle human fancy and prod cogitation. The clerihew, spoonerisms, acrostic, etc., have all proven challenging and amusing. But crosswords get people coming back again and again, providing sources of entertainment for people as diverse as Stephen Sondheim, Frank Sinatra and P. G. Wodehouse.

Lest you fear that the crossword may disappear with the printed word, fear not. This book holds out hope that the crossword will continue in one form or another. Until then, grab your pen and pencil, keep your dictionary in sight and start with 1 Across.


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