December 21, 1913, in the New York World newspaper, the Englishman Arthur Wynne publishes the first crossword puzzle.

On this day (December 21), 1913, in the New York World newspaper, the Englishman Arthur Wynne published the first crossword puzzle.
A crossword puzzle is a puzzle of words that usually takes the shape of a square or a rectangular grid of shaded black and white squares. The objective of the game is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, solving clues, which lead to the answers.
The phrase "word crossword puzzle" was first written in 1862 by Our Young Folks in the U.S. Crossword puzzles, for example Double Diamond Puzzles, appeared in St. Nicholas, published since 1873.
Crossword puzzles in England during the 19th century were of an elementary type, apparently derived from the word square , a group of words arranged so that letters read equally vertically and horizontally, and printed in children's puzzle books and various periodicals.
On December 21, 1913, Arthur Wynne, a journalist of Liverpool , England, published a "crossword" puzzle in the New York World that embodied the majority of the characteristics of the modern genre. This puzzle is frequently cited as the first crossword puzzle and Wynne as the inventor.
Crossword puzzles became a regular weekly feature in the New York World and spread to other newspapers; the Pittsburgh Press, for example, was publishing them at least as early as 1916 and the Boston Globe by 1917.
As a curiosity to comment that in 1925, the New York Public Library reported that "the latest fad that has hit libraries is the crossword puzzle", and complained that when "puzzle freaks" swarm into dictionaries and encyclopedias to drive away readers and students who need these books in their daily work, can there be any question of the Library's duty to protect its legitimate readers? "
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- can you help me?
- I can't find this word
- tell me
- "day before today"
- December 20
- that's what I thought
- it's easy
- the problem is that in the crossword there are only 4 letters
- 4 letters?
- well it will be wrong
- let's see, "day before today", 4 letters
- I don't know, put "toto"
- but that doesn't make sense
- no, but it has 4 letters
- ok...

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