This day in the Yesteryear: INTRODUCTION OF THE MODERN CROSSWORD PUZZLE (1913)

Introduction of the Modern Crossword Puzzle (1913)

Though a type of crossword puzzle has been traced back to the ancient Egyptians, 20th-century British-American journalist Arthur Wynne is generally credited with the invention of the modern form of the crossword. Within a decade, such puzzles were being published in most leading US newspapers. The word game was further popularized when Simon & Schuster published a crossword puzzle book in 1924. The craze soon spread to England and beyond. What name did Wynne initially give his word game? More… Discuss

 

2 responses to “This day in the Yesteryear: INTRODUCTION OF THE MODERN CROSSWORD PUZZLE (1913)

  1. There was a program on the TV today, and one of the questions was about all the clocks in Sandringham Palace being set 30 minutes out so the monarch in 1910 could finish what? The answers were breakfast, watching the troops or doing the crossword. I don’t remember what the correct answer was, but the contestant said it was crosswords. The “chaser” – the brainbox he was up against – stated that the crossword celebrated its centenary in 2013 🙂 I didn’t realise it was on the same day as the quiz. How bizarre

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