Crossword puzzle turns 100-years-old

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HOUSTON, TX – 1 Down: A game found in newspapers all around the world. If you said, crossword puzzle you’re right.

The addictive game that entertains, enlightens and frustrates is celebrating a centennial anniversary.

3 Across: The game was invented by Arthur Wynne to fill some space in the Christmas addition of the New York World newspaper.

6 Down: The puzzle was originally named ‘Word Cross’ and was shaped like a diamond (7 Across). It was an overnight success (4 Across) and was immediately (5 Down) copied by other newspapers.

One hundred years later, newspapers have declined but crosswords can be found (2 Down) all over the internet… so they must be just as popular, right?

Houstonian Lance Williams says, “I used to get the Sunday crossword but now occasionally go online or buy books full of them.”  Pat Hooper says,”I don’t do them online, I do them on paper.” Dennie McReynolds uses the newspaper and her iPad.

So whether you`re old school or new age, crosswords are still going strong.


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