Wynne’s crossword puzzle (pictured above) differed from today’s puzzles in the fact that it had no black squares. It was also called word-cross.
However, other papers saw the enjoyment its readers could gain from these puzzles and began incorporating them as well. The Boston Globe was publishing them by 1917 and many others were following suit by the 1930s. Ironically, The New York Times, whose crossword puzzles are considered the most difficult to solve, did not publish its first one until 1942.