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From its beginnings in New York newspapers to its triumph as the world's favorite word puzzle, this lively history celebrates the ever-popular crossword. Going decade by decade, it includes puzzles from each era and examines the various types. Puzzle creators, crossword editors, and fans who have racked their brains to find the solution to that elusive clue all offer their words of wisdom. A chapter even looks into the future with speculation on solving in the next 100 years!
John Halpern is a professional full-time crossword setter, his self-confessed “dream job.” He writes crosswords for newspapers in the UK, including The Guardian (as Paul), the Financial Times (as Mudd), and the Independent (as Punk). He has written cryptic crossword books for the Times and the Guardian. He lives in East Sussex.