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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...
The New York Times finally began to publish a crossword puzzle on 15 February 1942, spurred on by the idea that the puzzle could be a welcome distraction from the harsh news of World War II. The New York Times 's first puzzle editor was Margaret Petherbridge Farrar , who was editor from 1942 to 1969. 
A 1924 editorial in the Times called crosswords “a primitive sort of mental exercise.”. But the war that began for America in 1941 gave crossword puzzles an important new function: escaping ...
The first crosswords appeared in England during the 19th century. They were of an elementary kind apparently derived from the word square, a group of words arranged so the letters read alike vertically and horizontally, and printed in children’s puzzle books and various periodicals.
- The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica
Apr 24, 2019 · While the exact origins are often disputed, the first iteration of what we typically consider the first crossword puzzle dates back to December 21, 1913. In 1913, a Sunday newspaper titled The New York World tasked staff writer Arthur Wynne with creating a brand new game to include in the paper.