The Crossword Obsession: The History and Lore of the World's Most Popular Pastime

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Penguin Group USA, 2001 - Games - 369 pages
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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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The Crossword Obsession by Coral Amende Subtitle: The History and Lore of the World’s Most Popular Pastime The Crossword Obsession is an interesting, lighthearted book about crossword puzzles. The ... Read full review

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Since I have done the NYTimes crossword puzzles for most of my life - and 2014 is the 100th Anniversary of the puzzle - this seemed like a perfect book to read. I really enjoyed reading about the ... Read full review

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Contents

SQUARE ONE i
1
GAME WARDENS
39
WINNING HANDS
143
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Coral Amende is a veteran puzzle constructor whose crosswords have been featured in many national publications, including the "New York Times" (Sunday Edition), "Los Angeles Magazine," and "Washington Post," She is also the author of several popular reference titles.

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