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    Recreation of Arthur Wynne's original crossword puzzle from December 21, 1913. The phrase "cross word puzzle" was first written in 1862 by Our Young Folks in the United States. Crossword-like puzzles, for example Double Diamond Puzzles, appeared in the magazine St. Nicholas, published since 1873.

  2. May 19, 2023 · Modern-day crossword puzzles are said to have been invented in 1913 by Arthur Wynne, a British-born journalist who worked in the United States. He created the first crossword puzzle for the “New York World” newspaper, and it was initially called a “word-cross puzzle” due to a typographical error.

  3. Mar 27, 2020 · In fact, the crossword puzzle was born in December 1913, on the eve of World War I. Arthur Wynne, an editor at the New York World, needed a new game for that paper’s FUN section. So he printed...

  4. Thus Arthur Wynne is credited as the inventor of what is arguably the first mobile game—the American-style crossword puzzle, notable for its intellectual challenge and definitional yet amusing ...

  5. May 6, 2024 · The first modern crossword puzzle was published on December 21, 1913, in the New York World’s Sunday supplement, Fun. It appeared as only one of a varied group of mental exercises, but it struck the fancy of the public.

  6. Jul 21, 2015 · Crossword puzzles, like so many things I love, originated in England in the 19th century, although they were first widely published in the United States. They were a derivation of the “word square,” a children’s puzzle that looks exactly how you imagine it looking.

  7. Feb 5, 2018 · The history of crossword puzzles dates back to 1913 with the first crossword puzzle. 100 years later, Crossword Hobbyist launches the first in-browser crossword puzzle creation software for newspaper-style puzzles.

  8. Dec 17, 2022 · Two months later, on Feb. 15, 1942, the first crossword puzzle ran in the Sunday Magazine. It was constructed by Charles Erlenkotter (1881-1948) on a 23-by-23 grid; a tear sheet of the original...

  9. Dec 21, 2023 · The Origins of the Crossword Puzzle. The first crossword puzzle was published in the New York World newspaper on December 21, 1913. Editor Arthur Wynne wanted a new game to add to the “FUN” section of the newspaper, so he designed a diamond-shaped grid along with a series of clues that readers could use to fill in the grid with words.

  10. May 15, 2020 · The current boom can be traced back to the "crossword craze" of the 1920s, when there were "crossword dances, crossword songs [and] millions of people just doing the crossword on their commute", Dr Raphel says. But they didn't take off without resistance.

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