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An important day in publishing history

Posted on: December 21, 2006

From the Writer’s Almanac:

It was on this day in 1913 that the very first crossword puzzle appeared in a newspaper. It was the invention of a journalist named Arthur Wynne, who worked for the New York World. In 1924, two men named Richard Simon and Lincoln Schuster decided to set up a publishing house, and as they were casting about for ideas of what to publish, they decided to try a book of crossword puzzles. That book sold half a million copies in less than a year. The book’s success launched a worldwide crossword puzzle craze and helped put Simon and Schuster on the publishing map.

Where would we be without puzzles in the newspaper? And not just crosswords…hands up if you’re a Sudoku fan. Cryptograms? Logic puzzles?

It is rather mind-boggling to think about what that day in 1913 started.

Plus, it was a good year — my dad was born that year.

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1 Response to "An important day in publishing history"

[…] Loricat tore herself away from the ten books she is reading at the moment and reminded her readers that, according to the  Writers Almanac: It was on this day in 1913 that the very first crossword puzzle appeared in a newspaper. It was the invention of a journalist named Arthur Wynne, who worked for the New York World. In 1924, two men named Richard Simon and Lincoln Schuster decided to set up a publishing house, and as they were casting about for ideas of what to publish, they decided to try a book of crossword puzzles. That book sold half a million copies in less than a year. The book’s success launched a worldwide crossword puzzle craze and helped put Simon and Schuster on the publishing map. […]

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