I love a good crossword, don’t you?

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In print and online, right now, there’s a plenitude of crossword puzzles being left half-filled in with frustration completed.

We cruciverbalists are indebted to Liverpool guy Arthur Wynne.

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He abandoned onion farming for journalism (some career move, why didn’t I think of that?), became editor of the New York World, and on December 21, 1913 filled a spare space in his paper with a device that he called a word cross.

 

My mother and father-in-law were avid crossworders. Respect the ink.

 

Crosswords have a come a long way.   From this…

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to this.

NYT app
NYT app

 

The inspired tricks are bespoke, and more sophisticated than in 1913.  You have to be completely distrustful of a word like flower, which can mean a petunia or peony, but also a river (rivers flow: geddit?)

Ah, the ingenuity and invention that is the language of crosswords today. Arthur Wynne would surely marvel at them. I know I do.

 

Toni 7/7/16

Here’s one from the archives, GL~   http://www.nytimes.com/crosswords/game/daily/2013/10/19

 

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