The History Of Crossword Puzzles
by Fran Black

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The first book of crosswords was published in 1924. It became a
best-seller and crosswords replaced mahjongg as the most popular
American game. Crossword puzzle design and solving is an
excellent way to sharpen focus. Regardless of whether design and
or solve numerous crossword puzzles, you will learn one more way
to enhance memory and creative expression. Some even say that
crossword puzzles help keep Alzheimer's at bay.

Nearly all word games improve spelling, the appeal of
word-games is very easy to understand. Crossword puzzles
encourage logical thinking and correct spelling. Some of
crossword clues are straightforward and only require a wide
vocabulary. However some contain devious clues, where there is
always a logical link between the clue and the solution.

Some of crossword clues are straightforward and only need a
wide vocabulary. While other clues induce a probability
distribution over viable targets, which must somehow be
respected along with the constraints of the puzzle. However
devious the clue, there is always, in a well-set crossword
puzzle a logical link between the clue and the solution. At
best, clues induce a probability distribution over viable
targets, which must somehow be respected along with the
constraints of the puzzle. Some have begun using computers to
solve crosswords, while others solve crosswords using the
familiar and time-honored tradition of putting pen to paper.
Crosswords encourage people to use dictionaries, both
specialized crossword dictionaries as well as collegiate and
unabridged dictionary volumes. Some believe that the pen and
pencil mode indicate a degree of confidence in solutions and
problem solving. Crossword puzzlers should always remember, that
just because you wrote something down, doesn't make it right. 

All in all, crosswords are very inexpensive, intellectually
stimulating, calls for no partner and, most importantly, helps
one forget the stresses and tensions of modern living.
Intellectual stimulation is sought by the very intelligent and
crosswords offer a release from mental tension. Creative
crosswords afford little of that intellectual excitement that a
more complicated crossword does. Crossword puzzles are very
popular in many countries.

About the Author: Francesca Black works in marketing at the
Puzzle Place (http://www.puzzle-place.net) and Chess Strategies
(http://www.chess-strategies.net) leading puzzle and strategy
portals.

Source: http://www.isnare.com

 

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