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Google’s Time-Killing Crossword Tribute

Posted 12/20/2013 2:45 pm by
Have fun, good luck getting anything BUT this done for the rest of your day.

Have fun, good luck getting anything BUT this done for the rest of your day.

It’s hard to imagine a time in which newspapers didn’t feature crossword puzzles, but it’s true.  The crossword puzzle is celebrating its 100th birthday, which means that for the bulk of written history, newspapers didn’t actually have crosswords.  Given the fact that iPad newspapers had crosswords and there’s basically a crossword puzzle on TV 7 days a week, that’s kind of amazing.  It’s true, though.  The first crossword puzzle didn’t appear in a newspaper until a British-American named Arthur Wynne developed one for the New York World newspaper in 1913.

Granted, the crossword didn’t come out of nowhere; Wynne synthesized several extant styles of puzzles together to come up with the crossword, but it’s hard to deny that the crossword puzzle isn’t the most famous puzzle ever.  Google engineers took the idea of the anniversary, consulted with San Francisco Chronicle crossword creator Merl Reagle, and boom, a legitimate Google crossword puzzle doodle has appeared, and I have no doubt it’s killing a lot of man-hours at workplaces across the world right now.

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