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  1. 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.

  2. 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...

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    The earliest crosswords that resemble their modern form were popularized by the New York World in the 1910s. Many variants of crosswords are popular around the world, including cryptic crosswords and many language-specific variants. American-style crosswords. A person works on a crossword puzzle in the New York City Subway, 2008.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Feb 14, 2017 · The New York World publishes the world’s first crossword puzzle by the newspaperman Arthur Wynne. It is instantly popular with readers and becomes a craze in 1924 when Simon & Schuster...

  7. Sep 25, 2022 · Crossword puzzles got their start in 1913, when Arthur Wynne was putting together the Christmas edition of “Fun,” the jokes and puzzles supplement he managed for the New York World.

  8. Mar 17, 2020 · The first “Word-Cross Puzzle” was invented out of desperation by Arthur Wynne, the British-born editor of the Sunday color supplement (titled, simply, “FUN”) for Joseph Pulitzer’s New York World....

  9. 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...

  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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