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The Crossword Puzzle Turns 100

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Word nerds, it’s time for a celebration: the crossword puzzle turned 100 years old over the weekend. See if you can solve the first one ever published—it was shaped like a diamond and called a “word-cross puzzle,” among other slightly strange details. The Atlantic also has a neat interview with writer and crossword-blogger Deb Amlen about […]

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What’s a 5-Letter Word for “Sexism”?

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Months ago, we blogged about a mind-blowing New Yorker story on the crazy world of high-level crossword puzzle competitions. For crossword coverage that isn’t multiple years old, check out this Hairpin piece on the shrinking role of women in the field. A preview: Many professional and leisure communities have some manner of “woman problem,” and it’s true […]

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The King of the Word Nerds

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Via Longform.org, a must-read ten-year-old New Yorker piece on the rarefied world of elite crossword-puzzle solvers. Warning: unless you are mentioned by name in the article, you will probably have to face some hard truths about how your own crossword-puzzle prowess is not as impressive as you thought. Ripstein got off to an early lead, and managed to […]

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Crosswords, Broken Down By a Professional

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Will Shortz, the puzzle mastermind behind the NY Times Crossword Puzzle, is revealing his strategies to the Atlantic. He goes through the whole process—fishing the right crossword from the submission slush pile, and then the major clue editing and revising that happens before the final puzzle in produced. (via the Millions)

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