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    Ben Tausig is the author of Penguin Classics Crossword Puzzles, Gonzo Crosswords, and Crosswords from the Underground: 72 Puzzles from Alternative Newspapers. He is a freelance puzzle constructor living in New York City. He creates a weekly feature called “Ink Well” distributed in alternative weeklies across the continent in addition to editing a puzzle for The Onion AV Club. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Ethnomusicology.
    2013 marks the 100th anniversary of the crossword puzzle. Journalist Arthur Wynne had wanted to devise a new game for the back of the newspaper back in 1913, so he created a diamond grid and called it a “Word-Cross,” and thus the first crossword puzzle was born.
    Editor and crossword constructor Ben Tausig examines the curious history of the world’s most addictive game and its unusual upbringing. Accompanied by 100 unique and challenging puzzles from the past 100 years, he examines the evolution of grid shape, how basic expected knowledge of the reader has changed, the puzzles that break the “breakfast table rule” and more. Featuring puzzles from top constructors like Will Shortz, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Matt Jones, Cathy Millhauser, Maura Jacobson, and more. Try your pen or pencil on the crosswords your parents, grandparents, or great grandparents did decades ago!

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    ISBN 9781937994457
    Genre GAMES / Crosswords / General
    Format Paperback
    Pages 192
    Publisher Date 2013-11-27 00:00:00.0
    Publisher Race Point Pub
    Copyright Year 2013
    Height 9.2 in
    Wdth 8.75 in
    Thickness 0.75 in
    Unit weight 1.55 lb
    Language English
    Audience General/trade
    Authors Tausig, Ben
    Country of Origin United States

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