This book sums up everything that is fun, amusing or baffling about crosswords. A puzzle that challenges people’s literary knowledge of things common and obscure, the crossword has been a fixture of various newspapers practically since its incarnation. If any newspaper held out, they soon found that including crosswords was a sure way to boost sales.
Other word forms have existed throughout the years to tickle human fancy and prod cogitation. The clerihew, spoonerisms, acrostic, etc., have all proven challenging and amusing. But crosswords get people coming back again and again, providing sources of entertainment for people as diverse as Stephen Sondheim, Frank Sinatra and P. G. Wodehouse.
Lest you fear that the crossword may disappear with the printed word, fear not. This book holds out hope that the crossword will continue in one form or another. Until then, grab your pen and pencil, keep your dictionary in sight and start with 1 Across.
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