Thursday, December 21, 2006

First Crossword Puzzle

On this day in 1913, the first crossword puzzle appeared in a supplement to the New York World. Since then, it has been delighting the analytical of mind...and befuddling me. (I am fairly sure my ineptitude with crosswords has prevented me from making the jump to Sudoku.)

No matter! Crosswords are still interesting, engaging, and good for the mind. For those who would like to improve their skills, we have many crossword dictionaries. The Million Word Crossword Dictionary should get you started. For the novice, might I recommend Crossword Puzzles for Dummies.

If you like crossword puzzles AND a good mystery, you're in luck. Two authors fit the bill: Nero Blanc and Parnell Hall. Hall actually has a new book out: You Have the Right to Remain Puzzled. Yes, these books have several puzzles for hours of extra entertainment.

Finally, we have a wonderful rental DVD that you should see: Wordplay. This documentary is to crosswords what Spellbound was to the spelling bee. Our library actually screened this film at one of our Le Petit Cinema events. Enjoy!

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