The Crossword Century: 100 Years of Witty Wordplay, by Alan Connor

By Alan Connor

A journalist and notice aficionado salutes the 100-year historical past and pleasures of crossword puzzles

Since its debut within the ny global on December 21, 1913, the crossword puzzle has loved a wealthy and strangely energetic life. Alan Connor, a comic book author recognized for his exploration of all issues crossword within the mum or dad, covers each twist and switch: from the Nineteen Twenties, while crosswords have been thought of a risk to efficient society; to international warfare II, once they have been used to recruit code breakers; to their starring function in a 2008 episode of The Simpsons.

He additionally profiles the colourful characters who make up the attention-grabbing and peculiar tradition of crossword constructors and aggressive solvers, together with Will Shortz, the long-lasting ny occasions puzzle editor who created a artful crossword that looked as if it would are expecting the result of a presidential election, and the legions of aggressive puzzle solvers who descend on a Connecticut lodge every year in an try to be topped the yank puzzle-solving champion.

At a time whilst the broadcast notice is in decline, Connor marvels on the crossword's seamless transition onto Kindles and iPads, protecting the puzzle certainly one of America's favourite hobbies. He additionally explores the best way the human mind procedures crosswords as opposed to pcs which are mostly stumped via clues that require wordplay or an easy snatch of humor.

A interesting exam of our so much liked linguistic amusement—and jam-packed with tantalizing crosswords and clues embedded within the text—The Crossword Century is bound to draw the eye of the readers who made note Freak and simply My style bestsellers.

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Com Interior design by: Renee Brady Library of Congress PCN Data Pictures of America / J. Jean Robertson (Symbols of Freedom) ISBN 978-1-62717-736-8 (hard cover) ISBN 978-1-62717-858-7 (soft cover) ISBN 978-1-62717-969-0 (e-Book) Library of Congress Control Number: 2014935661 Printed in the United States of America, North Mankato, Minnesota 32 Also Available as: Symbols of Freedom In early America, pictures were not as prevalent as they are today. Throughout history, people have come to recognize certain places and things by the symbols that represent them.

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What must be attached to all businesses in Times Square in order to meet the zoning regulations? Why did farmers travel Route 66 to California in the 1930s? How did Ford Motor company effect American history? What is the official bird emblem of the United States? htm 31 ABOUT THE AUTHOR J. Jean Robertson, also known as Bushka to her grandchildren and many other kids, lives in San Antonio, Florida with her husband. She is retired after many years of teaching. She loves to read, write books for children, and travel.

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