The Curious History Of The Crossword: 100 Puzzles From Then And Now by Ben TausigThe Curious History Of The Crossword: 100 Puzzles From Then And Now by Ben Tausig

The Curious History Of The Crossword: 100 Puzzles From Then And Now

byBen Tausig

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2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. Journalist Arthur Wynne had wanted to devise a new game for the back of the newspaper back in 1913, so he created a diamond grid and called it a “Word-Cross,” and thus the first crossword puzzle was born.
Editor and crossword constructor Ben Tausig examines the curious history of the world’s most addictive game and its unusual upbringing. Accompanied by 100 unique and challenging puzzles from the past 100 years, he examines the evolution of grid shape, how basic expected knowledge of the reader has changed, the puzzles that break the “breakfast table rule” and more. Featuring puzzles from top constructors like Will Shortz, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Matt Jones, Cathy Millhauser, Maura Jacobson, and more. Try your pen or pencil on the crosswords your parents, grandparents, or great grandparents did decades ago!

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Ben Tausig is the author of Penguin Classics Crossword Puzzles, Gonzo Crosswords, and Crosswords from the Underground: 72 Puzzles from Alternative Newspapers.ÿHe is a freelance puzzle constructor living in New York City.ÿHe creates a weekly feature called "Ink Well" distributed in alternative weeklies across the continent in addition t...
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Title:The Curious History Of The Crossword: 100 Puzzles From Then And NowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9 × 8.5 × 0.75 inPublished:November 27, 2013Publisher:Race Point PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1937994457

ISBN - 13:9781937994457

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Basic Expected Knowledge, Then & Now
Chapter 2 – Transcendent Puzzle Themes, Then & Now
Chapter 3 – Esoteric Words, Then & Now
Chapter 4 – Humor in Crosswords, Then & Now
Chapter 5 – The Breakfast Table Rule, Then & Now
Chapter 6 – The Rise of Indie Puzzles
Chapter 7 -  How Puzzles Pass through Generations
Chapter 8 – Technology in Puzzles
Chapter 9 – The Great Constructors, Then & Now
Chatper 10 - Puzzle Economies
Chapter 11 - The Future of the Crossword