Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords
ISBN10: 1910593257 ISBN13: 9781910593257 Contributors: Richards, Jamie (Translator) Publisher: Selfmadehero Published: Jun 6 2017 Pages: 294 Weight: 2.04lbs. Height: 9.75" Width: 7.00" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, "Fun." A century later, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract (and infuriate) millions of devotees every day. But the world's most popular--and seemingly mundane--pastime has a surprising history, filled with intrigue and adventure.
Paolo Bacilieri's FUN transports us from turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Milan, taking in stories of ingenious puzzle makers, ardent solvers, and intellectual luminaries. Part detective story, part docudrama, and interlaced with a fiction of Bacilieri's own imagining, FUN questions the crossword's "harmless" status. Sure, it's fun--but could it also be a form of resistance, of cryptic communication, of espionage?