6 Most interesting Facts about Crossword Puzzles

Crossword puzzles have always been intriguing, making us forget time and scratching our minds for the right answer to the clues. Whether you solve them in your local newspaper, a magazine or an online website, solving the crossword puzzles is always fun. But, while we try to solve the puzzles and look for crossword clues and answers, there is one question that not many crossword solvers have the answer to. ‘Do you Know about the History of Crossword Puzzles?’ So, if you are one regular crossword solver and are unaware about the interesting facts about them, then here are 6 facts that you will love knowing about.

1. Crossword Puzzle Day

21st December is considered as the World Crossword Puzzle Day, because it was the first time journalist Arthur Wynne had published a Word Cross puzzle in the New York World newspaper in 1913. The puzzle was the first of its kind and was widely loved by the readers. Wynne was acknowledged widely for inventing the game.

2. Crossword Puzzles were considered as a controversy in the initial days

The New York Times in 1924 complained the crossword puzzles as a waste of time finding words by arranging letters to fit in a pre-arranged pattern. Crossword puzzles are not a game nor can they be considered as a sport. The newspaper also stated that the solvers reap nothing by solving the puzzle except for some mental exercise while trying to solve them.
In 1925, the controversy initiated by New York Times was further enraged, with people arguing it as just a fad. However, by the end of the year, 9 Manhattan dailies and 14 more renowned newspapers were publishing crossword puzzles.

3. Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle Editor at New York Times is the world’s most vocal critics of Crossword Puzzles, holding the title since 1993.

The New York Times that initially argued about crossword puzzles being a waste, are today the most popular crossword puzzle producers in the world. Crosswords are published not just in the papers but also across its app. The crossword puzzles are widely created by various freelancing constructors who submit their work to the New York Times crossword puzzle editor, Will Shortz since 1993.

4. During the Second World War, crossword puzzles were suspected as an espionage instrument.

During the Second World War, the British newspaper, The Daily Telegraph created a wave of questions for the British Secret Service, prior to the allied invasion of Normanday while conducting the Operation Overlord (D-Day). According to reports, the codenames that were linked to the plans of the D-Day were mentioned as solutions to the crosswords in the paper, leading to an alarm.

5. People who love crossword puzzles have a special name.

‘Cruciverbalist’ is the term used to describe a person who is skilful in creating and also solving the crossword puzzles by Miriam-Webster Dictionary.

6. Crossword Puzzles are medicine for your brain.

A lot of scientific researches now support the fact that crossword puzzles are beneficial for our brain. There are studies that show crossword puzzles helping in the delay of memory loss, dementia and other neural conditions by almost 2.5 years.