It was On This Day in 1913 that the Sunday edition of the New York World published the first crossword puzzle. The puzzle was created by Arthur Wynne, a journalist from
The crossword was in a diamond shape. Clues included “What this puzzle is” and “Part of a ship.” In all, there were 31 clues in this first crossword puzzle.
Today many sites allow you to make your own puzzle and I have to admit it is harder than it looks! I used Puzzlemaker on Discovery Education’s site. It includes just 20 clues. The point of it was two fold. First, I wanted to give my girls a copy since it was of the family. Second, it was appropriate to this post.
If you attempt it, please leave a comment below and let me know how you did!
“Brief History of Crossword Puzzles,” American Crossword Puzzle Tournament www.crosswordtournament.com
On This Day is a prompt to further explore historical events.
© Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman, 2015