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THINKING INSIDE THE BOX

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The crossword is a feature of the modern world, inspiring daily devotion and obsession not just from everyday citizens looking to pass the time but icons such as President Bill Clinton and Martha Stewart. It was invented in 1913, almost by accident, when a newspaper editor at the New York World was casting around for something to fill some empty column space for that year’s Christmas edition. Almost overnight, it became a roaring commercial success, and ever since then has been an essential ingredient of any newspaper worth its salt. Indeed, paradoxically, its popularity has never been greater, even as the world of media and newspapers, its natural habitat, has undergone a perilous digital transformation. But why, exactly, are its satisfactions so sweet that over the decades it has become a fixture of breakfast tables, bedside tables and commutes, and even given rise to competitive crossword tournaments? Equal parts ingenious and fun, Thinking Inside the Box is a love letter to the infinite joys and playful possibilities of language, a treat for die-hard cruciverbalists and first-time crossword solvers alike.

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The crossword is a feature of the modern world, inspiring daily devotion and obsession not just from everyday citizens looking to pass the time but icons such as President Bill Clinton and Martha Stewart. It was invented in 1913, almost by accident, when a newspaper editor at the New York World was casting around for something to fill some empty column space for that year’s Christmas edition. Almost overnight, it became a roaring commercial success, and ever since then has been an essential ingredient of any newspaper worth its salt. Indeed, paradoxically, its popularity has never been greater, even as the world of media and newspapers, its natural habitat, has undergone a perilous digital transformation. But why, exactly, are its satisfactions so sweet that over the decades it has become a fixture of breakfast tables, bedside tables and commutes, and even given rise to competitive crossword tournaments? Equal parts ingenious and fun, Thinking Inside the Box is a love letter to the infinite joys and playful possibilities of language, a treat for die-hard cruciverbalists and first-time crossword solvers alike.

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