Penguin Press



Thinking Inside the Box

Adrienne Raphel takes readers on a deep lexical dive into the history and beloved culture surrounding crossword puzzles in Thinking Inside the Box.

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What do Stephen King, Nancy Pelosi, Sting, Martha Stewart and Jon Stewart have in common?

They’re all cruciverbalists—that is, crossword fans. The ever-popular puzzle first appeared seemingly by accident in 1913, when Arthur Wynne introduced a new amusement because he had space to fill in the Christmas edition of the New York World newspaper. He…

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