When did crossword puzzles start?

Word Formation

Do you like to work crossword puzzles?  Crosswords are among the most popular forms of word puzzles people play today.

To work a crossword, the puzzle solver must guess words from given clues, and then write the letters of these words into a pattern of numbered squares.

The words read both across and down in the finished puzzles.

The earliest crosswords appeared in children’s puzzle books during the 19th century.  Crosswords, such as those we work today, however, are a more recent invention.

The first modern crossword puzzle appeared in the New York World in December 1913.  It was designed by Arthur Wynne, on the staff of the paper.

Today, crosswords are found around the world.  They appear in newspapers, in magazines and in puzzle books that have nothing but crosswords in them.

Did you know that the largest crossword ever published contained 6,334 clues? – Dick Rogers



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