National Crossword Puzzle Day celebrates a unique invention that allows you to pass the time on long evenings or on trips, while developing and exercising the brain and memory. So get out your pens and start the day with a bit of benefit!
On December 21, 1913, the crossword puzzle was first published in the New York World magazine, created by English immigrant Arthur Wynn. The puzzle had 32 words, inspired by the ancient Roman game of “magic squares”. This date is even included in the Guinness Book of Records, though the origin of the crossword is disputed by South Africa and England.
Interestingly, ancient prototypes of the game have been found. For example, in 1868, archaeologists discovered a plate with an image resembling a crossword puzzle, believed to be from the 3rd to 5th centuries. Traces were also found in the famous Pompeii (Italy) – a similar creation was applied to the columns, thought to have been created in the 79th century AD.
- The largest crossword puzzle was published by Robert Truko and consisted of 25 words!
- There are 24 types of crossword puzzles, the most famous one coming from Japan.
- The game of Scrabble was inspired by crossword puzzles.
- The British invented a hobby pen with a built-in dictionary.
- There are many unique applications for phones.
- Scientists believe that solving puzzles can help you lose weight, burning 90 calories per hour.
How to take part
The best way to celebrate National Crossword Puzzle Day is to solve as many words as possible! Start in the morning before work and continue in the evening. Alternatively, organize a party and invite other crossword fans. You can also share the holiday on social media.
When is Crossword Puzzle Day celebrated in 2023?
Crossword Puzzle Day is observed on December 21 each year.