The crossword puzzle at 100: “A primitive form of mental exercise” according to the New York Times

The First Crossword Puzzle

The First Crossword Puzzle

Today in 1913, journalist Arthur Wynne published the first crossword puzzle in the New York World. According to Jen Carlson, a New York Times editorial in 1924 called it “a primitive form of mental exercise.” See also NPR’s “100 Years Of Solvitude” and the Atlantic’s interview with Deb Amlen, writer of Wordplay, the official crossword blog of The New York Times.


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