I would like to kick off this blog by paying tribute to one of my hero puzzlers… Will Shortz!
Will Shortz is the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle, producing and/or editing a crossword puzzle every day of the year. That is 365 puzzles a year. Quite a demanding job! A large part of his work is editing clues. Crossword puzzles by nature recycle a large number of convenient words and it is up to the editors to be sure that the clues stay challenging and fresh. Shortz is well known for his ability to take an over-used word and use clever word play to keep his audience guessing.
Here’s a link if you’re interested in learning a little about him: http://jaydixit.com/will-shortz-crossword-puzzle-genius/
In case you missed that: Did you know that a crossword puzzle Shortz ran once accurately and infallibly predicted who would win a presidential election? No, really. Go back and click on that link to read about it.
A little more about crosswords:
On December 21 of 2013, Google changed their logo into an interactive crossword puzzle to celebrate the anniversary of the first published crossword puzzle. What was the first word in the first crossword puzzle ever published? “FUN” – an apt word, indeed.
You can see it here: http://www.google.com/doodles/100th-anniversary-of-the-crossword-puzzle
Questions to think about:
- What role do puzzles play in our society?
- When can crossword puzzles stir up controversy?
- What are some stereotypes about people who solve crossword puzzles? Are they accurate?
Leave a reply below!
And as an added bonus:
“One thing that I do find really sexy is a girl who’s good at crossword puzzles.”*
-Chris Pine (AKA the new Captain Kirk)
As if you had any doubt that crossword puzzles were the right choice for you!