CROSSWORDS: History. Milestones and MediaCROSSWORDS: History. Milestones and Media webadmin Sat, 01/15/2011 - 19:21
- There have been many word puzzles through the ages, some sharing aspects of our modern "crossword" (though none developed or distributed further)
- 79: SATOR square [Roman Empire]
- 1605: Newspapers [Germany]
- 1890: Airoldi's "Per passare il tempo" [Italy]
- 1150 BC: 'Crossword Stela' of Paser, a 20th Dynasty Egyptian limestone stele, constructed by Paser, during the reign of Ramesses VI. It is constructed to be read horizontally, vertically and around its perimeter, therefore three times
- 1st Millenium BC: In the Hebrew version of Psalm 119, each group of eight verses is an alphabetical acrostic (or abecedarius). "Subsections are named after the letters of the Hebrew alphabet, 'Aleph', 'Beth', etc. -- Acrostics prove that the texts in question were originally composed in writing, rather than having existed in oral tradition before being put into writing."
- 169 BC: an acrostic poem by Quintus Ennius; the first letters of each line spelled out, 'Quae Q. Ennius fecit' (Q. Ennius wrote this).
- 140: Paper China. display device and strorage medium
- 1440: Printing press w/ metal movable type Gutenberg in Europe; other types of type and materials earlier in other countries
- 1599: Hymns to Astraea by Sir John Davies; each hymn (verse) spelled out ELISABETHA REGINA (Queen Elizabeth).
- 1605: Newspapers printed, for general public
- 1806: A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster
- The Definition of a Dictionary Merriam-Webster is revising its most authoritative tome for the digital age. But in an era of twerking and trolling, what should a dictionary look like? (and do we even need one?); 1/12/2015
- 1846: A Valentine by Edgar Allen Poe; poem spelled out the name of Frances Sargent Osgood in the 1st letter of the 1st line, 2nd letter of the 2nd line, etc.
- 1850s: acrostics evolved from poems to puzzles. "A flood of British acrostic books were published which not only praised kings and conquerors but were also intended to educate children in history and geography. The double acrostic was a fad in the latter part of the 19th century. Queen Victoria was believed to be very fond of the double acrostic which, by this time, had evolved from a verse-form into a type of puzzle. This double acrostic was supposedly written by her royal hand."
- 1862: a "cross word puzzle" in Our Young Folks in US
- 1870s: A Boat Beneath a Sunny Sky by Lewis Carroll: poem from Through the Looking Glass; a "master of acrostics", Carroll was also famous for "word links" (doublet, aka word ladder)
- 1872: Planche's Guess Me word puzzle
- 1876: Diamond and other shape word 'squares' American magazine, St. Nicholas; page
- 1883: National Puzzlers' League founded; site
- 1890: "Per passare il tempo" ("To pass the time") by Giuseppe Airoldi in Il Secolo Illustrato della Domenica (on right)
- 1899: 19th Century French Artists Predicted the World of the Future in this Series of Postcards 10/15/2012
CROSSWORDS: 1900sCROSSWORDS: 1900s webadmin Thu, 10/19/2017 - 11:54
- People's Home Journal blended squares
- Hydrox cookie Oreo not produced until 1912
- The Sad History of Hydrox Cookies, Which Were Probably Doomed Because They Were Called Hydrox 5/17/2017
- Wikipedia: 1900s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 1: 1900-1910 Theory of Relativity; Toaster Heating Element; Football's Forward Pass; Tanks; Vacuum Tube; Gas-Powered Mercedes; Nintendo (playing cards); A Trip to the Moon; Bakelite; Radio; FBI; Kodak Brownie; 10/8/2012
- Paleofuture (predictions): 1900s
CROSSWORDS: 1910sCROSSWORDS: 1910s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:23
- 1913: Wynne's "FUN Word-Cross"
- Besides New York World, other US newspapers begin to add cross words: Pittsburgh Press (1916), Boston Globe (1917)
- Oreo introduced by National Biscuit Company (Nabisco); 3/6/1912
- OREO: popular vowel-rich crossword fill; black-and-white
- see: many OREO definitions and some classic OREO-themed puzzles and definitions; [Refs:Oreo]
- "FUN's Word-Cross Puzzle" (Sun, 12/21/1913) by Arthur Wynne in New York World
- The only directions:...
- "Four weeks after the puzzle first appeared,...
- "Wynne asked The World to pay to patent the crossword,...
- Crossword centennial: 2013 many articles & puzzles
- Crossword inventor honored with puzzling Google doodle 12/20/2013
- Searching for the crossword inventor: a Clearwater connection 11/1/2013
- History of the Crossword Puzzle video: 2:13; How did Arthur Wynne go from musician and journalist to inventing crossword puzzles?
- Boston Globe; the puzzle; 3/4/1917
- Happy 100th birthday, crossword puzzle! the Globe's earliest puzzle -- and a century of gaming obsession; 12/22/2013
- section: Oreo
- Wikipedia: 1910s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 2: 1910s Flip-Flop Circuit; Panama Canal; Golf in US; Fighter Planes; Prohibition; Erector Set; First Crossword Puzzle; Electric Household Refrigerator; Modern Assembly Line; Superconductivity; Nikon; Snap-On Wrench; 10/25/2012
- Paleofuture: 1910s
- 10 Lifehacks from 100 Years Ago How To: Make a Fire Extinguisher; Extract a Splinter;Preserve Eggs; Fell a Tree; Stop a Mad Dog; Keep Plants Watered While Away on Holiday; Light a Match in the Wind; Make a Chair to Cross a Stream; Rescue Someone from Electric Shock; Make a Water Filter -- from Gallaher's Cigarettes; 7/21/2013
- What May Happen in the Next Hundred Years The Ladies' Home Journal; What the Future Looked Like 100 Years Ago -- and 5 Predictions That Came True; 2/24/2012
- Wikipedia: OREO (disambiguation) novel, spider, operating system (Android), ...
- Belted Galloways: the 'Oreo-cookie' cow; Wikipedia
- Android 8.0 Oreo is official, starts rollout to devices 8/21/2017
- When Just Vanilla Won't Do, How About a Blueberry Pie Oreo? 7/3/2017
- Fireworks Oreos? A Reporter Digests 7/3/2017
- Oreo debuts new flavor, offers $500K for next cookie Firework Oreo ('pop rocks' in the creme); 5/9/2017
- How to Cheat at the Oreo Twist Game: Lab Tested, Engineer Approved 10/16/2016
- The World Spent $2.5 Billion on Oreos in 2014 2/13/2015
- Is it true that Oreos are more addictive to lab rats than cocaine? more sensational than scientific; 10/16/2013
- The "Oreo" -- An "Awakening" sculpture at Villanova U.; 8/13/2013
- On Oreo's 101st Birthday, 13 Facts About The Cookie That Will Blow Your Mind 3/6/2013
- The Oreo Turns 100, With a Nod to the Past 2/27/2012
- Getting the lard out: The koshering of the Oreo cookie in 1997; original recipe called for pig lard; 2/26/2008
CROSSWORDS: 1920sCROSSWORDS: 1920s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:27
- "Crossword puzzles became a way of life in the 1920s...
- "Another reason for the extraordinary success of crossword puzzles...
- "The Pennsylvania Railroad...
- "A New York man was arrested because...
- "Pickpockets in hotel lobbies,...
- Many "firsts" for crosswords in publications and culture. Much debate about fads and obsessions.
- 1921: first dictionary
- 1922: UK magazine: Pearson's
- 1924: The Cross Word Puzzle Book -- 1st book by Simon & Schuster
- UK newspaper Daily Express
- song: "Crossword Mama You Puzzle Me (But Papa's Gonna Figure You Out)"
- New York Herald-Tribune's National All Comers Cross Word Puzzle Tournament
- crossword rules, e.g., rotational symmetry
- 1925: musical revue: "Puzzles of 1925"
- animated short Disney film: "Alice Solves the Puzzle"
- mystery story: "The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will"
- 1926: cryptic crossword in UK
- A Budapest man committed suicide,...
- Margaret Farrar (later, at Simon&Schuster, then even later, 1st NYT editor) is hired by The New York World as a secretary, but soon finds herself assisting Arthur Wynne with proofreading puzzles. Her puzzles soon exceed Wynne's in popularity.
- "The latest craze to strike libraries is the crossword puzzle...
- In the 1920s, as now, there were 2 schools of puzzle solution fans:...
- Colonel H.W. Hill publishes the first "Quickway" Crossword Dictionary.
- Pearson's [1st UK magazine w/ crossword]
- Morning Oregonian and other newspapers published a comic strip...
- Simon & Schuster found a company to publish The Cross Word Puzzle Book...
- "The cross word solver becomes a collector,...
- "All ages, both sexes, highbrows and lowbrows,...
- "Some folks were driven over the edge by the craze...
- Crossword Mama You Puzzle Me (But Papa's Gonna Figure You Out) (song) (audio: 2:32); Will Shortz on NPR On the Media: Life Squared (interview; excerpts; 4:07-4:40;9:20-12:54); MayasMix @ 13:24; lyrics:
"You treat me like an orphan in a storm / Crossword books won't keep my tootsies warm.
Crossword Mama, you puzzle me / But Papa's gonna figure you out.
Washington, he crossed the Delaware / Columbus crossed the ocean blue
If there's any more crossing to be done / Papa's gonna double-cross you..."
- Cross-word puzzle blues (song) (audio; 2:37)
- Rotational symmetry was one of many crossword conventions established by the Amateur Crossword Puzzle League of America
- Daily Express [1st UK newspaper w/ crossword]
- Ruth Franc Von Phul won the New York Herald-Tribune's National All Comers Cross Word Puzzle Tournament the age of 20; NYT obituary
- The Crossword Puzzle: Where'd The Women Go? 8/21/2013
- "[The crossword] has grown from the pastime of a few ingenious idlers...
- Puzzles of 1925 (musical revue); crossword sanitarium scene: solvers who had lost their minds. "Since Ma's Gone Crazy Over Cross Word Puzzles" (lyrics):
"The house has gone to ruin / Since all that Mother's doin' /
Is putting letters in the little squares /
We live on canned tomatoes / And old cold boiled potatoes
No wonder when he comes home / Father swears"
- I've Got the Crossword Puzzle Blues (song) by D. J. Michaud and Marguerite A. Bruce; performed by jazz clarinettist Bob Fuller; "I'm feeling awfully down, and cross. I spend all day solving, but I still don't have a clue"
- Alice Solves the Puzzle animated short Disney film
- Cross-Words (Between Sweetie and Me) (song; 3:48);
"Sorrow has torn at my heart strings / I wonder who is to blame
My sweetie never has time for me / She's deep in love with a game
Crosswords have made me blue as can be, / Cross, crosswords between my sweetie and me,
She's been puzzling, don't seem to care / Whether I'm near her or taking the air
I'm jealous. How can I win sympathy? I'm hoping she'll soon need L-O-V-E.
Every night in our little home / We sit together, but I'm all alone.
She's so contrary / Her old dictionary and crosswords are sweeter than me."
- even more songs: Cross word papa you sure' do puzzle me;
Cross-word puzzle of love; Cross words; Crosspuzz;
Crossword (The) puzzle glide; Do you do cross-word puzzles;
I'm a cross word puzzle fan; My cross-word puzzle girl;
They're doing cross word puzzles now; Your cross-words are making me blue
- That Guiltiest Feeling cartoon; Clare Briggs; cross word craze, covering earth
- Felix All Puzzled Felix the Cat cartoon directed by Otto Messmer; Flash: 2:50
- The Fascinating Problem of Uncle Meleager's Will (story; Lord Peter Wimsey) by Dorothy L. Sayers
- Puzzled by Crosswords (movie; comedy)
- "Judging from the number of solvers in the subway...
- Range of opinions about crossword longevity:...
- "Fortunately, the question of whether the puzzles are beneficial or harmful...
- "A New York Telephone Co. employee shot his...
- (at right) 100-year old Ambrose Hines solving a puzzle in 1925
- Popular interest in the 1920s is shown by aids which were marketed to help puzzle-solvers...
- The main interest among fans in the 1920s was in the puzzle as an aid to language development...
- Crossword suicide, latest update 4/1/2013
- Budapest crossword suicide, revealed!(Mostly) 2/20/2013
- Budapest crossword suicide? 10/30/2009
- "A woman who has small children...
- Crossword film; Japan
- "Helen Keller did Braille crosswords and recommended them to the blind."
- "The cryptic crossword is invented by Edward Powys Mathers, who uses the pseudonym of Torquemada. He devises them for The Observer newspaper."
- The Roaring 20s crossword; NYT Learning Network
- Saucy "Crosswords" Postcards by Donald McGill in 1920s
- Roaring Twenties: Fads The Charleston; 1st Miss America Pageant; Flagpole Sitting; Mah-Jongg; Crossword Puzzlel Book-of-the-Month Club; Time; Reader's Digest
- Wikipedia: 1920s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 3: 1920s R.U.R. (robots); IBM 80-Column Punch Card; Amphibious Warfare; Art Deco; Babe Ruth; Tri-motor Airplane; Leica I and the 35mm Standard; Polygraph; Scopes Monkey Trial; McKinsey and Company; Traffic Light; Mickey Mouse; 11/2/2012
- Paleofuture: 1920s
CROSSWORDS: 1930sCROSSWORDS: 1930s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:29
- "Together with The Times of London, yours [NYT] is...
- 1931: Dell Crossword Puzzle Magazine
- 1938: Scrabble; Bletchley Park
- 1939: Frank Lewis
- "By the late 1930s, the crossword puzzle boom...
- the term "crossword" first appeared in a dictionary
- Dell (Crossword Puzzle) Magazine; longest running crossword magazine
- Criss-Crosswords => Lexiko => "Scrabble"
- Can You Solve a UK Intelligence Agency's Christmas Puzzle? 12/10/2015
- Turing's Spirit Hovers at a Restored Estate Bletchley Park, where the Real 'Imitation Game' Happened; 11/28/2014
- At Bletchley Park, a Reminder About the History of Cracking Codes 8/9/2014
- Happy birthday, Crossword: a very efficient aptitude test 12/6/2013
- Wikipedia: Bletchley Park; cryptanalysis
- Bletchley Park: Home of the CodeBreakers Google Cultural Institute; slideshow
- World War II: 1939-1945; Frank Lewis US Army code breaking; later NSA
- The Women Who Helped America Crack Axis Codes review of Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II; "Did they like doing crossword puzzles?"; 11/6/2017
- NSA Uses Twitter Puzzle To Recruit Computer Hackers 5/16/2014
- Can You Crack the NSA's Top-Secret Crossword Puzzles? the National Security Agency Just Released Archive Editions of its In-House Magazine, Cryptolog; 3/28/2013
- Frank Lewis, US Codecracker, Ingenious Puzzle Designer 12/2/2010
- NSA's Puzzle Periodical: 2017; 2016; 2015; NSA Cryptochallenge: Puzzle of the Week
- CryptoKids: America's Future Codemakers & Codebreakers Codes & Ciphers; Games & Activities
- The Winter Murder Case. A Philo Vance Story Van Dine, S. S.; "A detective story is a grim business, and the reader goes to it, not for literary furbelows and style and beautiful descriptions and the projection of moods, but for mental stimulation and intellectual activity -- just as he goes to a ball game or to a cross-word puzzle? Dissertations on etymology and orthography interspersed in the definitions of a cross-word puzzle would tend only to irritate the solver bent on making the words interlock correctly."
- First Times Crossword UK; 2/1/1930
- Wikipedia: 1930s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 4: 1930s Radar; Works Progress Administration; Schrödinger's Cat; Pop Culture Characters; Nylon; Z1 computer by Zuse; Ballpoint Pen; Kodachrome; Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias; War of the Worlds; Electric Pinball; Volkswagen Beetle; 11/9/2012
- Paleofuture: 1930s
CROSSWORDS: 1940sCROSSWORDS: 1940s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:31
- "The Herald Tribune runs the best puzzle page in existence so far, but...
- NYT inaugurates a puzzle page; 2/15/1942; "There will be two puzzles each Sunday --...
- Sunday NYT later becomes popular stereotype of 'most difficult' puzzle
-- even though NYT Fri & Sat are harder; it's like a hard Wed or easy Thu NYT crossword
- The Quick 10: The New York Times Crossword Puzzle trivia about NYT crossword; 8/20/2009
- History of the NYT Crossword: Wikipedia; Barry Haldiman
- The New York Times Celebrates 75 Years of Crosswords a brief history;
1913: The World's First Crossword Puzzle Sparks a Craze; 'The granddaddy of crossword puzzles';
1924: The New York Times Refuses to Join in the Fun; 'The utterly futile finding of words';
1941: Bombing of Pearl Harbor Leads to Changed Minds; 'We ought to proceed with the puzzle';
1942: Margaret Farrar and the First New York Times Crossword; 'Profession and passion';
1950: The Daily Crossword Begins;
1969: Will Weng Becomes Second Crossword Editor; 'Good company on lazy Sunday mornings';
1977: Eugene T. Maleska, the Third Crossword Editor; 'Exactitude with puckishness';
1978: First American Crossword Puzzle Tournament;
1993: Will Shortz Becomes Fourth Editor of the Crossword; 'A tradition of culture and quality';
1996: First New York Times Crossword on the Web; 'Less blood, fewer erasures';
1998: First (and Only) Marriage Proposal in the Crossword -- Although we still get requests;
2006: Crossword Documentary 'Wordplay' Opens; 'Crowd-pleasing entertainment and suspense';
2008: The Wordplay Crossword Blog Begins; 'The Simpsons' Meet the Puzzle Master;
2016: The Puzzle Mania Section Is Published; the largest New York Times Crossword: 50x50; 2/14/2017
- Margaret Farrar: 1st NYT crossword editor, 1942-1968; "1st Lady of Crosswords" bio
- Few Gnus Farrar interview; 6/13/1959
- "Under Margaret Farrar's direction,...
- "Egotism, n:...
- "Men in their forties are like the New York Times Sunday crossword puzzle:...
- D-Day Leak? and crossword panic of 1944. Physics teacher and crossword constructor Leonard Dawe is questioned by authorities...
- Untold Stories of D-Day 6/2002
- Brief Encounter (movie); Fred suggests retiring to the library by the fire to relax where he can also complete The Times' crossword puzzle. Laura responds: "You have the most peculiar ideas of relaxation."
- What do I think of the Secretary of Commerce? HAW! crossword puzzles these days are making subtle editorial comments by having the initials of congressmen spell out words describing these individuals. For example, the initials of the Senator from Ohio spell the word "rat." (Robert A. Taft.); 8/17/1946
- The Crossword Puzzle Mystery (radio show), serial The Adventures of Superman
- Wikipedia: 1940s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 5: 1940s Manhattan Project; George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four; Polaroid Camera; Computer Bug; First Videogame; Guided Missile; House Committee on Un-American Activities; Materials Rationing; Helicopter; Microwave; Jackie Robinson; Start of Silicon Valley; 11/15/2012
- Paleofuture: 1940s
CROSSWORDS: 1950sCROSSWORDS: 1950s webadmin Sun, 07/06/2014 - 14:29
- 1950: Daily NYT
- NYT begins publishing daily crosswords (9/11/1950) [.puz], [.pdf]
- "The capitulation of the N.Y. Times to the daily crossword puzzle is...
- The 1950s crossword; NYT Learning Network
- Wikipedia: 1950s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 6: 1950s Transistorized Computer; Sci-Fi Cinema, Rock&Roll; Spy Satellites; Hockey Mask; Hovercraft; Digital Photograph; Tennis for Two (videogame); DNA; Black Box; Fidel Castro; Catalyzed Plastics; ICEE Machine; 11/22/2012
- Paleofuture: 1950s
CROSSWORDS: 1960sCROSSWORDS: 1960s webadmin Sun, 07/06/2014 - 14:31
- 1969: ARPAnet (precursor to Internet); Apollo moon landing
- Crossword (TV game show)
- Lyricist Stephen Sondheim begins creating cryptic crosswords for New York Magazine, helping introduce Americans to British-style crosswords.
- Will Weng: 2nd NYT crossword editor, 1969-1977; [obit.]
- Apollo 11 moon landing 7/24/1969
- ARPAnet first 2 "internet" hosts: UCLA & SRI (Stanford Research Inst.); 10/29/1969
- The 1960s crossword; NYT Learning Network
- Wikipedia: 1960s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 7: 1960s 2001: A Space Odyssey; venture capital (Rock and Davis); Compact Disc; Douglas Engelbart's "Mother of All Demos"; Muhammad Ali; Nuclear Powered Carrier; Sketchpad (drawing program); Psychedelic Research; Spacewar (videogame); Concorde; Kennedy Assassination; Saigon Execution Photo; 12/06/2012
- Paleofuture: 1960s
CROSSWORDS: 1970sCROSSWORDS: 1970s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:36
- 1971: Crossword Puzzle (song)
- 1976: Starting Here, Starting Now (musical): Crossword Puzzle (song)
- 1978: American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT)
- One Across, Two Down (novel) by Ruth Rendell;
"There are only two things that interest Stanley: the crosswords and getting his hands on his mother-in-law's money"
- Where Have All Our Heroes Gones (song) by Bill Anderson, album Where Have All Our Heroes Gone;
lyrics: "And sometimes when it rained you'd sit beside me / And we'd race raindrops down the window pane
You'd bring me coffee and we'd work crossword puzzles together / We don't do anything together now"
- Crossword (song) (video; 2:18) by Jeff Cooper and the Stoned Wings, album Purple Haze / Tribute to Jimi Hendrix
- Crossword Puzzle (song) by Dana (BBC Top of the Pops) from album All Kinds of Everything; MayasMix @ 18:35;
lyrics: "Isn't life a little bit like a crossword puzzle? Giving you lots of trouble / I'm scratching my head to find the clues
In the black and white that make up yesterday's news / And my crossword puzzle is keeping me in a muddle"
- Crossword Puzzle (song) (video; 2:54) by Sly Stone, album High on You; MayasMix @ 72:14
lyrics: "There's a puzzle in my head / Spend a lifetime finding pieces / It will take forever to put together"
- The Cross-Wits (TV game show; 1975-1980)
- Last Bus to Woodstock (mystery) by Colin Dexter; "Inspector Morse, the irascible detective whose penchants for cryptic crosswords, English literature, cask ale and Wagner reflects Dexter's own enthusiasms."; named after champion solver Jeremy Morse; "In the same way he's fascinated by crosswords, the puzzle of solving the murder is what drives him on." ~John Thaw (Morse protrayer)
- Crossword Puzzle (song) (video; 4:51) from musical Starting Here, Starting Now; MayasMix @ 43:25; lyrics: "I am sitting here doing the Sunday Times Crossword Puzzle. Somehow the words won't come. I am staring at squares but my eyes never focus, and my mind's feeling strangely numb. It's a fact that a word..."; synopsis: "A woman holding a NY Times's reveals that ever since her Hecky left her, she has been unable to focus on the crossword puzzle. As she tries to answer some clues, she is continually distracted by thoughts of him. Slowly, it is understood that the reason Hecky left her was because, being the intelligent woman that she is, when they did the crossword together, she always got all of the answers before him. This led to much frustration and arguing and eventually Hecky couldn't handle it anymore. As she stumbles through each clue, she becomes more upset and less in control of her emotions."
- Crosswords (song) (video; 3:29) by Split Enz, album Dizrythmia; MayasMix @ 38:46; lyrics:
"I'm down, you're across / I can't seem to solve this puzzle / I turn while you toss / Crosswords puzzle me"
- Eugene Maleska: 3rd NYT crossword editor, 1977-1993
- American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT site) started by Will Shortz
- Try/time yourself on 8 tournament puzzles! 2006: free; 2008-2017: $20/year; Java required; Win/Mac
- A Million Little Boxes Dan Feyer; 4/17/2015
- Humans of A.C.P.T. Shortz; Feyer; contestants; 4/4/2015
- A.C.P.T. 2014: On Your Marks, Get Set -- Wait! First, There's Work To Do how puzzles are selected for the tournament; back to Stamford from Brooklyn; 3/7/2014
- WordPlay movie, released in 2006, about ACPT 2005
- Howard Garns creates the modern Sudoku puzzle for Dell Magazines under the name "Number Place" -- the first pen-and-paper puzzle to rival the crossword in popularity, though this spike in popularity would occur decades later under the name Sudoku.
- Crossword (song) by Jethro Tull, album Stormwatch (iTunes; 3:38); MayasMix @ 00:00;
lyrics: "Life is a clue in your crossword...Your life is a clue in the crossword."
- Wikipedia: 1970s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 8: 1970s Apple II; Weapons-Grade Lasers; Pentagon Papers; Title IX; Computer Printers; Altair; Atari; Modern Sci-Fi ETs; Anti-Lock Braking System; Color Fine-Art Photography; Fractals; Nixon's nuclear "Project Independence"; 12/13/2012
- Paleofuture: 1970s
CROSSWORDS: 1980sCROSSWORDS: 1980s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:38
- Cardiac Arrest (song) (video; 2:54) (wikipedia) by Madness, album 7; lyrics:
"Ten more minutes till he gets there / The crossword's nearly done. / It's been so hard these days / Not nearly so much fun.
Think of seven letters / Begin and end in 'C' / Like a big American car / But misspelt with a 'D'."
- 'A' is for Alibi (novel; first in 'alphabet mysteries' series) by Sue Grafton; her books appear in short crossword clues, e.g., 'Sue Grafton's "___ for Lawless"' (3); "My landlord, Henry Pitts, is a former commercial baker who makes a living now, at the age of eighty-one, by devising obnoxiously difficult crossword puzzles, which he likes to try out on me." ~Kinsey Millhone, fictional private investigator
- United States Open crossword puzzle-solving tournament directed by Will Shortz, 1982-1986
- the world's "largest crossword" by Robert Turcot. It offered 12,489 clues across and 13,125 down in 82,951 squares. largest after 1996? 7' by 7' of wall space: 28,000 clues, for over 91,000 squares; largest after 2008? 112 m2: 160,000 squares, with 30,711 clues across and 30,690 clues down or 320,500 squares?
- Chapter and Verse (song) (video; 3:42) by Utopia (Todd Rundgren), album Utopia;
lyrics: "I got the dictionary in my hand / But I can't seem to find the word I'm looking for
I've checked every letter, now I'm up to Z / There just ain't anymore / I've got a million choices in my head"
- The Crossword Mystery (TV episode) in Mister T (series)
- (Can I) Find the Right Words (To Say) (song) (video; 3:08) by Blondie, album The Hunter; MayasMix @ 59:44
lyrics: "The right words are so hard to say. It's a challenger puzzle from the magazine section Across with the questions."
- Crossword Puzzle (song) (video; 3:38) by Barbara Mandrell, album Clean Cut; MayasMix @ 32:33;
lyrics & .mp3: "What we've become is 1 Across, and also rhymes with rules / Two Down is what we tell that's opposite the truth / Three Across is what we do to each other's feelings / Four Across begins with 'A', and means disagreeing."
- Train Of Thought (song) (video; 4:22) by A-ha, album Hunting High and Low; MayasMix @ 26:39; lyrics: "He likes to have the morning paper's Crossword solved; Words go up words come down; Forwards backwards twisted round"
- Tin Men movie; His unutterably unhappy wife (Nora) does crosswords, waiting until 3 AM for Tilley to come home, obtuse and uncomprehending of her need for escape and fulfillment.
CROSSWORDS: 1990sCROSSWORDS: 1990s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:40
- 1990: World Wide Web (proposed)
- 1993: Will Shortz, 4th NYT crossword editor
- 1996: Election ('quantum') Crossword; Across Lite format
- World Wide Web proposed
- Crossword Concerto (song) by Robert Wells, album Rhapsody in Rock II
- Landscape Painted With Tea (book) by Milorad Pavic; "A failed architect's search for his father, an officer who vanished in Greece during World War II, becomes a labyrinthine puzzle, inextricably bound to the history of the ancient monastery on Mount Athos". It's organized as a crossword puzzle: "Readers may approach the book chronologically by reading only the 'Across' sections, or less chronologically and with more digressions by reading the 'Down' sections. Either strategy gradually reveals the story of a soul-searching architect who roams a labyrinth of meditation and memory." "In ergodic literature, nontrivial effort is required to allow the reader to traverse the text"
- More Than Words (song) (video; 4:17) (wikipedia) by Extreme, album Pornograffitti;
lyrics: "How easy it would be to show me how you feel; More than words is all you have to do to make it real"
- Nothing Turned Out Right (song) by Demon, album Hold On To The Dream; lyrics: "So I walked in the sunshine / And suddenly it started to rain / So I reached for the crossword / But couldn't find where I'd left my brain / It's just one of those days / When nothing turns out right"
- Bambi Is a Stag and Tubas Don't Go 'Pah-Pah': The Ins and Outs of Across and Down
NYT (Sun) Crossword 50th Anniversary
- Happy Phantom (song) (video; 4:17) by Tori Amos, album Little Earthquakes;
lyrics: "They say Confucius does his crossword with a pen / I'm still the angel to a girl who hates to sin"
- Will Shortz: 4th NYT crossword editor, 1993-present
- Crossword Compiler software for creating crosswords: initially shareware on DOS; later commercial on Windows 3.1, etc.
- How to solve crosswords origins of Crossword Compiler; 4/16/2006
- Crazy Crosswords (Australia) (TV game show; 1994-1996)
- Jigsaw (song) (video; 4:09) by Love Spit Love, album Love Spit Love;
lyrics: "i've got to get this crossword done / of everything you've said / all the one way conversations
words that i forget / and it would be so easy to see / if i could be there now"
- Crossword Blues (song) (video; 6:07; lyrics: 4:10-) by Rob Tognoni, album Stones and Colours; MayasMix @ 89:50; lyrics: "lately I've been learnin' to do the crossword everyday / it's just one of those things I'm gonna need to while my lonely hours away"
- Oliver's Travels TV; PBS; "When Oliver (Alan Bates) ... is laid off by his university, he resolves to visit Aristotle, a famous compiler of crossword puzzles. When Oliver discovers that Aristotle's home has been ransacked and Aristotle is nowhere to be found, ..."; Guardian article
- Election Day Puzzle: The clue to the middle answer across the grid was "Lead story in tomorrow's newspaper." The answer appeared to be CLINTON ELECTED. Because of intentional ambiguity in the crossing clues, however, the answer could also have been BOB DOLE ELECTED. Either answer fitted. For example, the crossing clue Black Halloween animal could have been either BAT or CAT, with the C for CLINTON or the B the start of BOB DOLE. "It was the most amazing crossword I've ever seen. As soon as it appeared, my telephone started ringing. Most people said 'How dare you presume that Clinton will win!' And the people who filled in BOB DOLE thought we'd made a whopper of a mistake!" ~Will Shortz; this is known as a quantum (or Schrödinger) crossword for simultaneously having 2 states
- NYT adopts Across Lite application & .puz format
- Crossword Weaver: first(?) commercial computer software program for creating crossword puzzles.
- Success of firm's crossword software is no puzzle Variety Games; 2/17/1998
- Getting the lard out: The koshering of the Oreo cookie original recipe called for pig lard; 2/26/2008
- USPS issues commemorative crossword stamp
- Mercury Rising (movie); "An autistic 9-year-old boy cracks the U.S. government's top-secret code when an unapproved test matrix gets published in a crossword magazine."
- A Clue for the Puzzle Lady (mystery, 1st in Puzzle Lady series) by Parnell Hall; synopsis: "Amateur sleuth Miss Cora Felton, an eccentric, nationally-syndicated crossword puzzle columnist whose craving for trouble has increased with age. When the body of an unknown teenager carrying a cryptic, crossword-like message is found in the local cemetery". Other books: Last Puzzle and Testament, Puzzled To Death, ...
- The Pre-Shortzian Puzzle Project: Bring Old New York Times Crosswords into the Digital Age Litz-ing NYT puzzles: 1942-1994; solve those puzzles
- Kill the Man (movie);
"Guy: What are you doing in my parking lot?
Bob Stein: Murder.
Stanley Simon: Yeah, handsome guy too.
Guy: The corpse just moved!
Stanley Simon: They tend to do that sometimes. I once saw a man finish a crossword puzzle after being shot five times.
Bob Stein: Sunday edition too."
- The Crossword Murder (mystery) by Nero Blanc from Crossword Mysteries (series)
- Nobody Knows Anybody (Nadie Conoce a Nadie) (movie); "Simon (Eduardo Noriega), a crossword-puzzle writer, receives a cryptic message threatening him with death if certain words don't appear in his puzzles."
- Your Dictionary (song) (video; 3:30) by XTC, album Apple Venus Volume 1;
lyrics: "H-A-T-E -- is that how you spell love in your dictionary...There are no words for me inside your dictionary"
- The Story of Us (movie); Ms. Pfeiffer's character designs crossword puzzles. Mr. Willis goes from skepticism that anyone can make a living at such an activity to examining, later in his marriage, his wife's puzzles for insights into their relationship and its decidedly murky prospects; he starts to see her crosswords as secret messages. Wikipedia; NYT
- Wikipedia: 1990s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 10: 1990s Sony Playstation; GPS-Guided Munitions; Linux; MP3 Player; RQ-1 Predator Drone; Oklahoma City Bombing; Photoshop; The Internet (web); Dark Energy; Women's Soccer; Web Design; venture capitalist (John Doerr); 1/25/2013
- Paleofuture: 1990s
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- 2002: CrozzWord (Steve's Zaurus app)
- 2006: Wordplay (movie)
- 2008: Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words (Simpson's episode)
- Monday: Now ... and Then NYT (daily) Crossword 50th Anniv. [.puz, .pdf]
- CSI: Crime Scene Investigation; 1.4 (TV series);
Catherine: "You're right, you know. I should be just like you. Alone in my hermetically-sealed condo watching Discovery on the big screen, working genius-level crossword puzzles, but no relationships. No chance any will slop over into a case."
Grissom: "Technically, it's a townhouse. And the crosswords are advanced, not genius. But you're right. I'm deficient in a lot of ways. But I never screw up one of my cases with personal stuff."
- Steve's CrozzWord application debuts on Zaurus
- Marathon (movie); "Each year, single New Yorker Gretchen (Sara Paul) tries to complete as many crossword puzzles as possible during a 24-hour marathon session while riding the subway. By performing this strange ritual (a legacy from her mother), Gretchen seems to be railing against the meaningless cacophany of city life. Though seemingly senseless, Gretchen's annual gesture speaks volumes about imposing personal order on the random dice throw that is daily life."
- A Star-Guarded Coronation (song) (video; 5:17) by Vintersorg, album Visions from the Spiral Generator; lyrics: "A star-guarded coronation / Over the crossword's profound and royal thrones"
- Happy at Last (song) (video; 2:49) by Josh Joplin, album The Future That Was; MayasMix @ 47:43
lyrics: "I'm not as smart as a Sunday Times crossword puzzle / Big words get me into trouble"
- Hiccups (song) (video; 4:03) by Darren Hanlon, album Hiccups;
lyrics: "Some day without trying you'll find something that's rare / Like an eight letter word on a triple word square
A thousand ideas I try to tell crossword girl / How do I get one across when you're always too down?
And if things get hard will you throw in the pen? / But if you are unsure you can pencil it in"
- Four Down And Twelve Across (song; 2:47) by George Strait, album Honkytonkville; MayasMix @ 35:58; lyrics: "Girl, this relationship we're in / To say the least it's puzzling' / Like a crossword puzzle / Fill in the blanks / [Chorus] What's four down and twelve across / Two letter synonym for lost That's me / And a three letter word / That rhymes with through / Oh I get it, that's you"
- I Do My Crosswords in Pen (song) (video; 4:20) by On Broken Wings, album Some of Us May Never See the World; lyrics: "Ink bleeds deeper / When pressed hard / Soaks through paper and / Leaves stains on the table"
- Crossword Puzzle Blues (song) by Steve Mardon, album Critic's Darling; lyrics: "All you offer me is cryptic clues...You came here on a Sunday, dressed in black and white / I'm just another fool / Livin' with the crossword puzzle blues (break out the White Out) / Livin' with the crossword puzzle blues (where's my thesaurus)"
- Word Wars (movie) "In this character-driven documentary, filmmakers Eric Chaikin and Julian Petrillo follow four 'word nerds' through their fastidious preparations and smaller tournaments that lead to the national championship Scrabble tournament in San Diego in 2002. Our favorite contender: Joel Sherman, a true dork with acid reflux trouble (he constantly quaffs Maalox) and no other discernable job besides playing Scrabble."
- Sideways movie; early on, the hero, Miles (Paul Giamatti), does the Times crossword puzzle while driving his Saab on the San Diego Freeway
- These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach; book; renamed "The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" in in 2012; Norman delights in filling in the crosswords in ink so no one can erase his answers and start afresh.
- Wordplay (song) (video; 3:08) (wikipedia) by Jason Mraz, album Mr. A-Z;
lyrics: "I am the wizard of ooh's and ah's and fa-la-la's / Yeah the Mister A to Z / They say I'm all about the wordplay"
- Everyday (song) (video; 6:44) by Authority Zero, album Rhythm and Booze;
lyrics: "These masses of confrontation beating me down / I'm picking at the pieces to put them all back into place
A never ending crossword of questions collaborates / While asking myself, where are we going in time?"
- Crossword (song) by Helen Slater, album Crossword; MayasMix @ 05:35
- The Perfect Man movie; review: "What constitutes the perfect man according to this ill-conceived hokum is not someone with a burning inner soul, deep compassion or romance oozing from every pore. No, the clue that poor Jean's lifelong search for the ideal companion is finally over is based on the fact that the man in question fills in crosswords with pen."
- WordPlay (movie): "WordPlay follows New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz, his fans and contributors, and champion solvers at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, exposing the madness and mirth behind this not-so-puzzling national obsession."
- Every Word (song) (video; 2:41) by Gary Louris (from WordPlay); MayasMix @ 94:08; lyrics: "You know every word is made up of letters / Made up of letters / Made up of letters"
- Bananagrams (game)
- Simple Man (song) by John Corbett, album: John Corbett; lyrics: "Crossword's on the table, coffee in the cup / She finds another word for waiting as he pulls into the drive ? / And she's working on that crossword, fightin' back a smile / Find another word for sober, let him sit out there a while"
- Mozartian Crossword (classical) (video; 8:08) by Jill Teml; MayasMix @ 11:50
- Crossword (song) (video; 3:41) by Bleak, album Burns Inside;
lyrics: "I couldn't solve her / God and our hearts cried / Together, as I let my air out / Like a crossword / Like a crossword / You are to me"
- iPhone and mobile crossword apps
- (Merv Griffin's) Crosswords (TV game show): IMdb
- The Crossword Monologues (movie): "If people from different parts of the world lined up their monologues, as if in a crossword puzzle, these monologues would eventually create a conversation."
- Mariella (song) (video; 4:17) by Kate Nash, album Made of Bricks; MayasMix @ 85:30
lyrics: "Yes, she always got the crossword puzzle right everyday / And she could do the alphabet backwards / Without making any mistakes"
- Crossword Puzzle (song) by Noro, album Love Sweet Dream; MayasMix @ 24:58
- The Simpsons: "Homer and Lisa Exchange Cross Words" (TV episode):
"Lisa discovers that she has a talent for solving crossword puzzles, and she enters a crossword tournament. Lisa's feelings are hurt when she discovers that Homer bet against her in the championship match... Crossword puzzle creators Merl Reagle and Will Shortz guest star as themselves...One of the few successful moments Gil Gunderson has enjoyed is when he won a crossword contest, but only because he fooled Lisa by making her take his glasses, which he didn't actually need."
- Lollapuzzoola a crossword-solving tournament with a more tongue-in-cheek, freeform style, launches in Jackson Heights, New York
- Cross Words (movie): "On his 50th birthday, George, an arrogant, agoraphobic, crossword puzzle maker is mistaken for dead... and he must crash his own funeral to learn how to live."
- Burn Notice (TV series); "In the world of intelligence, if an operative hands you a crossword puzzle, chances are, you just received a coded message." ~Michael Westen
- Mon-Sun NYT Crosswords (songs; .mp3) by John Schnall; MayasMix @ 79:49
- Ukraine Building Gets A 100-Foot Crossword Puzzle That Solves Itself The city of Lvov, Ukraine, creates a crossword that spans an entire side of a residential building, with clues scattered around the city's major landmarks and attractions; 7/31/2009
- Wordplay (TV game show)
- Academia (song) (video; 3:16) by Sia from the TV movie Acceptance; MayasMix @ 64:00
lyrics: "You can be my alphabet...You're a cryptic crossword, a song I've never heard"
- All About Steve (movie); "Convinced that a CCN cameraman is her true love, an eccentric crossword puzzler trails him as he travels all over the country, hoping to convince him that they belong together."
- Little Bird (song) (video; 6:13) by Imogen Heap, album Ellipse; MayasMix @ 50:32
lyrics: "... little bird, little bird / What do you hear?... Crossword puzzles start to grate / One across Four letter word"
- crossword poem; Valzhyna Mort; 12/2009
- Crossword (song) (video; 2:38) by Deckchair Orange, album Deckchair Orange; MayasMix @ 21:53
- We Learned To Be Cool From You (song) (video; 6:50) by Jimmy Buffett, album Buffet Hotel;
lyrics: "Maybe I can parlez a little Francais / Maybe I can even write a whole page a day
Do a crossword puzzle in a minute or two / But I learned to be cool from you"
CROSSWORDS: 2010sCROSSWORDS: 2010s webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:44
- 2011: CROSSWORDS and YOU (this course)
- 2013: 100th anniversary of Arthur Wynne's "word-cross", with many commemorative puzzles
- iPad and mobile crossword apps
- Rubicon (TV show): Episode 1: Will Travers, an intelligence analyst at the American Policy Institute (API), spots related crossword puzzle [Java] answers in multiple newspapers involving the government, suicides, conspiracies, ...
- A Way With Words (song) (video; 5:49) by Amanda Yesnowitz and Brian Cimmet at ACPT 2010:
article & lyrics: "I love words. I love words. I love glorious, uproarious, notorious words
Wouldn't that be natural for someone like me -- A dame whose name goes literally from A to Z."
- Monday's Crossword (song) by Drew Citron, album Drew Citron; MayasMix @ 68:50
- Crossword (jazz) by Crossover Jazz Trio & Tino Tracanna, album 3 Words; MayasMix @ 03:20
- Crossword (movie): "On a significant day in her life, a lonely woman who finds solace in the daily crossword finds that the answers to the clues are all around her. Is it magic, coincidence or something else entirely?"
- CROSSWORDS and YOU (this course) first offered; Ashland and Medford [Spring];
crossword courses offered at other OLLIs: Santa Clara Univ.: 2007; Univ. of So. Miss.: 2009; Stony Brook Univ.: 2013; UNC Asheville: 2013; Penn State Univ.: 2014; UNC Wilmington: 2014
- Maya's Mix Crossword program on Apr 29 (radio show) on KSKQ-LP 94.9 FM (Ashland); Maya's Mix on Facebook; note: "MayasMix @ mm:ss" references are to start times to this program
- OLLI LINK crossword: "An OLLI Olio: Ooh La La" (Nov 2011)
- The Hour TV series
- BBC's 'The Hour': A Cold War enigma, layered in '50s style "the professor had a side hobby of submitting crossword puzzles to newspapers, which, when printed, seemed to be delivering coded messages to certain readers"; 8/16/2011
- Puzzled by People (song) (video; 3:10) by The Streets, album Computers and Blues; MayasMix @ 07:45;
lyrics: "I'm pretty good at puzzles but puzzled by people / Sometimes you never find the answer
We never had a crossword (crossed word) / My words got lost and you never heard
I'm 2 (too) down you're one across the room / Beginning with I and ending in U"
- Mrs Parker & the Vicious Crossword (movie); "Mrs Parker was told by her beau that by solving a crossword, which he compiled, she'd know his true feelings. One hitch - she's stuck on the last clue, and God isn't helping."
- Crossword poem; Sally Bliumis-Dunn; PBS Art Beat; 9/19/2011
- King Of The Crosswords (song) (video; 2:57) by David Mead, album Dudes;
lyrics: "Give him that pen and the New York Times / And his hands would start movin' in a blur
Even without a dictionary he'd be done in five / He's the king of the crosswords"
- The Computer's Next Conquest: Crosswords ("Dr. Fill" (AI) at ACPT 2012); 3/17/2012
- Crossword Puzzle Stirs Controversy in Venezuela Neptali Segovia, a veteran crossword writer, is accused of hiding a coded message urging the death of President Hugo Chavez's brother; 5/11/2012
- Crossword poem; Lloyd Schwartz; 12/20/2012
- Red (song) (video; 4:02) by Taylor Swift, album Red; lyrics: "Fighting with him was like trying to solve a crossword and realizing there's no right answer"
- On Oreo's 101st Birthday, 13 Facts About The Cookie That Will Blow Your Mind 3/6/2013
- 100th anniversary of Arthur Wynne's "word-cross" -- many commemorative articles and puzzles
- "Word conundrums
O Arthur Wynne!" ~Puzzling Haiku
- Puzzazz: Anniversary Puzzles [list]; Articles; Twas the Nite Before Crosswas [poem]
- 100th Anniversary Roundup! articles, puzzles; 12/26/2013
- Google Doodle: 100th Anniversary of the Crossword Puzzle interactive puzzle by Merl Reagle; 12/21/2013
- 100 Years Later, the Crossword Is Still the King of Puzzles Wired; 12/21/2013
- Happy 100th Birthday to the Crossword Scientific American; 12/21/2013
- The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100: The 'King of Crossword' on Its Strange History Merl Reagle spills on the strange origins of the puzzle -- and his own favorite memories from decades of creating his own clues; 12/21/2013
- Quite a Milestone, as Milestones Go Wordplay.NYT blog; 12/20/2013; .puz; $
- Google Celebrates 100 Years of Crossword Puzzles Slate; 12/20/2013
- The Shape Of Clues To Come: The Crossword At 100 Ben Tausig; 12/20/2013
- I Volunteer as Tribute Andy Kravis; .pdf, .puz; 12/20/2013
- What Did We Learn About the NSA This Year? EFF crossword centennial puzzle in honor of NSA 'word games'; 12/20/2013
- A Special Centennial Puzzle .pdf; Orange County Register; David Steinberg; 12/20/2013
- Centennial: puz.pdf, sol.pdf Newsday; Stanley Newman; 12/20/2013
- Up, Up and (when I catch my breath) Away Patrick Merrell; .pdf, .puz; 12/20/2013
- Crossword Puzzles Turn 100: The History Of The Art Form And The Professional Standards Of Puzzle Makers 12/20/2013
- Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Crossword with a GWR Puzzle! Guiness World Records; 12/19/2013
- Will Shortz on the crossword's 100th anniversary CBC; audio: 13:12; 12/19/2013
- The 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle with Merl Reagle Radio Times; audio: 51:45; 12/19/2013
- 100 Years Of Solvitude: A Reported Crossword Puzzle 12/19/2013; .pdf, .puz
- The New York World 100th anniversary crossword original crossword publisher; 12/19/2013; puzzle
- Word Up: Youth Fills in the Blanks as Crosswords Turn 100 Finn Vigeland; 12/20/2013
- The Crossword Turns 100 (Across) John Chaneski; AMA theme; 12/21/2013
- Celebrating 100 years of cr_ssw_rds Al Jazeera; Francis Heaney; 12/18/2013; puzzle; solution
- What's a 9-Letter Word for a 100-Year-Old Puzzle? Smithsonian; 12/16/2013
- LA Times solution; 12/12/2013
- The crossword is 100 years old and thriving Toronto Star; 12/6/2013
- Turning 100 Patrick Blindauer; .puz ; puzzle.pdf; solution.pdf
- "A Winning Combo": a commemorative puzzle by Steve Weyer; web; puzzle.pdf; solution.pdf; .puz;
This draft puzzle (on right) is a mashup of Wynne's diamond-shaped original (in center), with 4 corner puzzles. It could also be thought of as a time capsule with its inner original words and clues (a few with notes for solvers of our era); the outer contemporary sections describe the puzzle (who, where, why, when, what), along with words/clues that would not have been known to solvers of that era; 3/20/2013
- "Crunch Time" latcrossword, crosswordkathy Reagle; 97th anniversary, featuring OREO; 12/19/2010
- Murder by Meta Kickstarter effort; features 8 meta crosswords
- 'Crosswords make my life': Puzzle innovator celebrates her 100th birthday -- and of course she's marking it with a new grid Bernice Gordon; first centenarian to have a grid printed in NYT; rebus pioneer; 1/13/2014
- Bernice Gordon, died 1/29/2015
- Merl Reagle, January 5, 1950 - August 22, 2015 prolific, punny cruciverbalist; 8/22/2015; Wikipedia: Merl Reagle
- The story behind The New York Times' largest and most ambitious crossword puzzle a 50 x 50, 728-clue monstrosity called the Super Mega; 12/18/2016
- The New York Times Celebrates 75 Years of Crosswords a brief history; 2/14/2017
- Wikipedia: 2010s
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 12: The Present and Beyond Discovery of Earth's Twin planet; Autonomous Cars; Wearable Technology; Growing the Visual Funnel (optics); Wide-Area Surveillance; AR (augmented reality), 3D printing; device convergence; Internet Memes; Kim Dotcom; Prosthetic Athletics; "Pluto Switch" (specialized hardware); Healthcare; 2/8/2013
CROSSWORDS: FutureCROSSWORDS: Future webadmin Sun, 07/06/2014 - 19:17
- New puzzle styles?
- Digital vs. paper?
- [Refs]: "Down but Not Out: The Uncertain Future of the Crossword Puzzle"
- [Refs]: "Crosswords at a Crossroad: The Puzzle Turns 100. What Is the Clue to Its Survival?"
- "Prediction is very difficult,...
- "The future ain't...
- "You're concerned about the future of your newspaper, yet...
- "It's from the newspapers...
- "The best thing about the future is...
- "The future will be...
- Down but Not Out: The Uncertain Future of the Crossword Puzzle the future of puzzling is as fluid as the English language itself; 7/11/2014
- Staying on the grid -- the past and future of crosswords in India 2/26/2014
- Will Shortz on the Future of Crossword Puzzles video: 1:35; on 100 Years of Crosswords video: 1:31; on the Evolution of Crossword Puzzles video: 3:09; 12/16/2013
- The Experimental Crossword, And The Future wraparound; double initial pangram; cruciverbacomic; 8/27/2011
- Puzzling Future .pdf; pp. 21-22; 10/20/2010
- Science fiction crosswords and fact sites are for the young at heart 4/21/2010
- The Future Is Now ... and they got it wrong; crossword; 3/5/2010
- Crosswords at a Crossroad: The Puzzle Turns 100. What Is the Clue to Its Survival? Lynn Feigenbaum thesis; 8/2009
- The Ultimate Crossword Smackdown who writes better puzzles, humans or computers? 7/12/2006
- course Puzzle Sources sections: Web Sites; Applications
- Steve's OLLI course on e-Books and publishing
- The Decades That Invented the Future: Part 12: The Present and Beyond Discovery of Earth's Twin planet; Autonomous Cars; Wearable Technology; Growing the Visual Funnel (optics); Wide-Area Surveillance; AR (augmented reality), 3D printing; device convergence; Internet Memes; Kim Dotcom; Prosthetic Athletics; "Pluto Switch" (specialized hardware); Healthcare; 2/8/2013
CROSSWORDS: History: General ReferencesCROSSWORDS: History: General References webadmin Fri, 03/09/2012 - 08:46
- Wikipedia: general Crossword history; NYT
- History of crosswords and puzzles (from original: Storia delle parole crociate e del cruciverba)
- First NYT Crosswords
- Crossword In History American Heritage, Vol. 27, Issue 6; 10/1976
- Acrostics: Mystical to Mind-Boggling; From Poetry to Parlor Games
- crosswordtournament.com; PennyPress [.pdf]; thinks.com; thoughtco.com; infoplease.com; inventorspot.com; crosswordacademy.com; Hamel: news articles
- Telegraph; TV Tropes media references; WordPlays
- Unofficial: "National Puzzle Day" (Jan 29?); "Crossword Puzzle Day" (US: Jul 21?)
- WWII Code: HSW; Wikipedia; funfacts.com; Telegraph
- PuzzleNation: TimeLine 12/17/2013
- Ephemera Offers a Clue to Crossword Origins by Will Shortz 2/13/2013
- History of the NYT Sunday Crossword 12/29/2011
- What If Facebook Re-Envisioned the New York Times Crossword? 9/21/2011
- Great Moments in Onscreen Crossword Puzzle Solving video: 1:28; 8/18/2011
- For a Bereft Street Corner in Queens, a Red-Letter Day (Scrabble sign: 35T1H4 A1V4E1N1U1E1); 7/16/2011
- Alan's Mysterious World 10/21/2009
- "The Best of Uncle John's Bathroom Reader" 3/31/2008
- A Scholarly Sort of Fun 5/7/1999
- Lyrics n Music; SongLyrics; Sing365
- LyricsPond; ReverbNation; Lyricsaholic
- LyricsG; LyricsMania; LyricWiki; Lipwalk
- Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession by Marc Romano New Yorker book review; 6/27/2005
- On Crosswords: Thoughts, Studies, Facts and Snark About a 100-Year-Old Pastime by T. Campbell
- The Crossword Obsession: The History and Lore of the World's Most Popular Pastime by Coral Amende
- Word Freak: Heartbreak, Triumph, Genius, and Obsession in the World of Competitive Scrabble Players by Stefan Fatsis