December 21, 1913: First Crossword Puzzle Published

On this day in 1913, the first crossword puzzle was published in the Sunday edition of the New York World. Invented by British journalist Arthur Wynne, it is now a staple of all newspapers.

First Crossword PuzzleOn this day in 1913, the first crossword puzzle was published in the Sunday edition of the New York World.  Invented by British journalist Arthur Wynne, it is now a staple of all newspapers.

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.

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