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World's First Crossword Puzzle

Here's the very first crossword puzzle, designed by Arthur Wynne. It appeared in the New York World on December 21, 1913.





2-3.
4-5.
6-7.
10-11.
14-15.
18-19.
22-23.
26-27.
28-29.
30-31.
8-9.
12-13.
16-17.
20-21.
24-25.
10-18.
What bargain hunters enjoy.
A written acknowledgment.
Such and nothing more.
A bird.
Opposed to less.
What this puzzle is.
An animal of prey.
The close of a day.
To elude.
The plural of is.
To cultivate.
A bar of wood or iron.
What artists learn to do.
Fastened.
Found on the seashore.
The fiber of the gomuti palm.
6-22.
4-26.
2-11.
19-28.
F-7.
23.30.
1-32.
33-34.
N-8.
24-31.
3-12.
20-29.
5-27.
9-25.
13-21.
What we all should be.
A day dream.
A talon.
A pigeon.
Part of your head.
A river in Russia.
To govern.
An aromatic plant.
A fist.
To agree with.
Part of a ship.
One.
Exchanging.
To sink in mud.
A boy.

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Crosswords are great -- and there are all sorts of strange rules and lore surrounding them. Thanks for the article -- and the puzzle!
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