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A Brief History of Word Games

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Posted By: StormCnter, 3/24/2020 1:43:10 PM

When I began to research the history of crosswords for my recent book on the subject, I was sort of shocked to discover that they weren’t invented until 1913. The puzzle seemed so deeply ingrained in our lives that I figured it must have been around for centuries—I envisioned the empress Livia in the famous garden room in her villa, serenely filling in her cruciverborumeach morning­­. But in reality, the crossword is a recent invention, born out of desperation. Editor Arthur Wynne at the New York World needed something to fill space in the Christmas edition of his paper’s FUN supplement, so he took advantage of new technology

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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird 3/24/2020 1:53:17 PM (No. 356527)
Have always loved crossword puzzles. My favorites were those in the Sunday Washington Post. Difficult enough to be challenging, but not impossible. If you want another addictive game for waiting in medical offices, etc. (later), Wordbubbles on the iPhone is fun. Increasingly difficult as one goes along.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird 3/24/2020 1:55:51 PM (No. 356530)
PS. This is an interesting article.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: marbles 3/24/2020 2:20:36 PM (No. 356555)
Totally non political fun reading. Thanks for posting
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Clinger 3/24/2020 4:30:21 PM (No. 356634)
Wrong article if you thought you would finally learn the true meaning of the word "is."
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 3/24/2020 5:56:53 PM (No. 356706)
Word games are a bit interesting to me, but math is my thing. I sent this to my wife, who has always done crosswords in ink. 🙄 Amazing to me. She is amazing with words, letters and all sorts of word games. Boggle is boring, BigBoggle is more interesting but she has to spot you around 10 or 15 words to make it even interesting. People have different skills. She can process letters and words in literally amazing ways, at amazing speed. Apparently, she developed some brain tricks that us ordinary folks just can't get.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Folsomguy 3/24/2020 7:37:54 PM (No. 356830)
My Mom loved crosswords but I'm a Sudoku fan
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Reply 7 - Posted by: konocti95 3/25/2020 3:28:46 AM (No. 357032)
Imagine how long it would take to do a Roman word search...
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Reply 8 - Posted by: MickTurn 3/25/2020 11:24:15 AM (No. 357481)
Speaking of Crossword puzzles...is there one Lib Politicians can work successfully? I'd think all words have to be 5 letters or less with a heavy sprinkling of '4 letter words' for spice!
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