Trivia Question 12/20/12 — Crossword Puzzles

Crossword PuzzleCrossword PuzzleOn this date in history…  Happy birthday to the crossword puzzle. It was on a December 21st that the first crossword puzzle was published.


How old is the crossword puzzle?


99 years old.


The first known published crossword puzzle was created by a journalist named Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, and he is usually credited as the inventor of the popular word game.Wynne’s puzzle (see below) differed from today’s crosswords in that it was diamond shaped and contained no internal black squares. During the early 1920’s other newspapers picked up the newly discovered pastime and within a decade crossword puzzles were featured in almost all American newspapers. It was in this period crosswords began to assume their familiar form. Ten years after its rebirth in the States it crossed the Atlantic and re-conquered Europe.

December 21, 1913 was the date and it appeared in a Sunday newspaper, the New York World, making the crossword puzzle 99 years old.

World’s First Crossword Puzzle:

First Crossword PuzzleFirst Crossword Puzzle

2-3. What bargain hunters enjoy. 6-22. What we all should be.
4-5. A written acknowledgment. 4-26. A day dream.
6-7. Such and nothing more. 2-11. A talon.
10-11. A bird. 19-28. A pigeon.
14-15. Opposed to less. F-7. Part of your head.
18-19. What this puzzle is. 23-30. A river in Russia.
22-23. An animal of prey. 1-32. To govern.
26-27. The close of a day. 33-34. An aromatic plant.
28-29. To elude. N-8. A fist.
30-31. The plural of is. 24-31. To agree with.
8-9. To cultivate. 3-12. Part of a ship.
12-13. A bar of wood or iron. 20-29. One.
16-17. What artists learn to do. 5-27. Exchanging.
20-21. Fastened. 9-25. To sink in mud.
24-25. Found on the seashore. 13-21. A boy.
10-18. The fibre of the gomuti palm.


We had a total of 28 people check into the Net tonight.  Of those that checked in, 5 had the correct answer.  Congratulations to:

  • KD6JEV – John
  • N6QBJ – Jerry
  • AD6UP – Louie
  • WA6USL – Murray
  • KB6YVA – Bob

Thanks to everyone who checked in to the Net and supported us.

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