This nine-letter word can alternately frustrate and enrapture, is capable of taking up an entire Sunday, and typically includes “oleo.”
OK, the headline gives away the answer: It’s the crossword, and it turns 100 on Saturday. Back in December 1913, New York World editor Arthur Wynne came up with a new puzzle — then dubbed the “word-cross” — and it’s been a newspaper staple ever since.
We don’t expect you to throw a puzzle party for the occasion (though we wouldn’t judge), but we do have some low-key suggestions for celebrating the confounding hobby.
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