2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the original crossword puzzle. Arthur Wynne was a British journalist working for a NY newspaper in 1913. He wanted to do a new game for the back of the newspaper, so he devised a diamond grid with black squares. He called it a Word Cross, and thus the first crossword puzzle was born. In this book, crossword constructor Ben Tausig takes examines the curious history of the crossword and its evolution in the past 100 years. Each chapter compares puzzles from then and w and are accompanied by one hundred challenging puzzles for readers complete (classic early puzzles will also be included). Chapters include: Chapter 1 - Basic Expected Kwledge to Finish a Crossword, 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 - Techlogy in Puzzles Chapter 9 - The Great Constructors, Then & Now Chatper 10 - Puzzle Ecomies Chapter 11 - The Future of the Crossword
BEN TAUSIG is the author of Penguin Classics Crossword Puzzles, Gonzo Crosswords, and Crosswords from the Underground: 72 Puzzles from Alternative Newspapers. He is a freelance puzzle constructor living in New York City. He creates a weekly feature called Ink Well distributed in alternative weeklies across the continent in addition to editing a puzzle for The Onion AV Club. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology.