The crossword as we know it is over 100 years old – the first was published in 'New York World' newspaper in December 1913. Originally named word-cross, a printing error meant the words were transposed resulting in the new name crossword.
Crosswords are solved by filling a grid with words based on clues provided. Various twists on the concept have been seen over the years – with Skeleton and Cryptics being the most popular of these. However, the original format remains one of the most played puzzles of today.
There are a number of variations of the traditional crossword that you should try if you haven’t already (Skeleton and Cryptic), and there’s a good chance you’ll like Pieceword, Backwards, arroword and codeword too!
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Our Crossword Puzzler app is perfect for crossword fans. Fans of cryptics will love Cryptic Crosswords Puzzler. Or, if you fancy something different, check out Piecewords Puzzler and Backwords Puzzler.
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Crossword Books, Printables and Other Products
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