Arthur Wynne created the crossword puzzle for the “Fun” section of the Sunday edition of New York World. He introduced the word diamond puzzle, calling it a “Word-Cross Puzzle,” later introducing some innovations to the puzzle like the use of horizontal and vertical lines to create boxes for letters. A few weeks after the first “Word-Cross” publication appeared, the name was changed to “Cross-Word” as a result of a typesetting error. The rest, as they say, is history.
In honor of Arthur Wynne, we went searching for some interesting facts about the crossword puzzle that had us all a bit puzzled and amazed ourselves!