I love a good crossword, don’t you?
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.
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.
Crosswords have a come a long way. From this…
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.
Here’s one from the archives, GL~ http://www.nytimes.com/crosswords/game/daily/2013/10/19