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The New York Times Crossword Editor Will Shortz.
Saturday, December 21, marks the 100th anniversary of the crossword. Created by Arthur Wynne, it first appeared in the New York World in 1913.
Merl Reagle writes about Wynne's creation in the Washington Post:
Remembering the small word squares he’d solved as a young Brit in Liverpool, he drew a diamond-shaped grid with numbered squares and numbered clues. It contained 32 words, and his simple instruction read: “Fill in the small squares with words which agree with the following definitions.”
The 1913 crossword puzzle was an immediate success. And, one century later, it continues to entertain folks around the world.
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