Posted by: Author | December 20, 2013

Friday Facts- December 20, 2013- Crosswords

As anyone who knows me knows, I am a crossword puzzle hound. I love, love them. One might even say I am obsessed with them. Well, tomorrow, December 21, 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. Arthur Wynne, an editor at New York World, a newspaper, was asked to create a game for the comic section of the paper and he came up with a grid of white squares with definitions at the bottom and the readers were to fill in the words. It was called a “word-cross” initially.

Other papers began to publish them as well. In 1921, Margaret Petherbridge came up with the rules about the letters being part of the across as well as the down sections of the grid.

The Google doodle today is a crossword puzzle you can actually work. I did it and the first clue is what word was the first used as both across and down. Answer? Fun. And it’s been fun ever since- at least for me.


  1. I’ve always wondered how they design crossword and word search puzzles. It looks pretty complicated to me, but in this day and age of computers, it’s probably easier than I think.

    • I read a book once about a couple that do them for several papers and it is very complicated. They have all kinds of research books they use to design the clues. It’s funny though how many of the answers are used over and over- especially the words with lots of vowels.

  2. Interesting fact. I use to do cross word puzzles but not so much anymore.

  3. Yet another unexpected thing we have in common! I love word puzzles and adore crosswords. I blew a couple of people away by making up a few when I was a kid.I never thought they were particularly hard.
    My niece has me reading the Puzzle Lady books by Parnell Hall. I don’t know if you are amused by them or not. He makes me laugh.

    • Haven’t tried those books. Will check out.


      • I think you’d like them.They also include the puzzles that are used for clues…well-written humor,with mystery and cross-word puzzles, need I say more?

  4. I do three a day, to keep my mind quick and strong. 🙂

    • Awesome. I do at least three, too.

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  6. Ahh, happy anniversary, Crossword Puzzle! I enjoy them, but they aren’t my first form of entertainment. I like jigsaws better. But my step-Dad LOVED them. He had unfinished ones by his chair, his bed, in the car, even in the loo. 🙂

    • I love jigsaws too. I think that’s so funny about your stepdad. Lol.


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