The Crossword Obsession: The History and Lore of the World's Most Popular Pastime
This lively, detailed history of the crossword puzzle not only gives us a few clues about how and why these puzzles became so popular, but also introduces us to the people behind the story and the surprising role crosswords have played in our world. From square one to the last word, this marvelous tribute includes: * Origins of the modern crossword puzzle, with examples of early word games * Insider tips from competition champs and prominent puzzlemakers * General solving strategies and secrets * Crossword controversies, such as "crosswordese" * Cluing and construction for the Will Wengs of tomorrow-including information on the latest computer software for the puzzle constructor * All about crossword tournaments and contests * Valuable reference section-including websites for crosswords and research websites * PLUS: A special bonus selection of challenging puzzles!
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Review: The Crossword Obsession: The History and Lore of the World's Most Popular PastimeUser Review - Jeff - Goodreads
Reading this book is like watching a documentary film about everything crosswordese, from history to construction to solving to publishing. Don't expect a smooth narrative format because you'll be ... Read full review
Review: The Crossword Obsession: The History and Lore of the World's Most Popular PastimeUser Review - Kate - Goodreads
While the movie Wordplay was chiefly about people who solve crosswords, this book is mostly about people who create them. Lots of insider gossip (some if it fairly nasty) and detailed info about ... Read full review