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Special Guest Will Shortz
Presents "A Century of Crosswords"
Sunday morning at 9:45 (before the fair opens)
LIMITED CAPACITY - tickets must be purchased in advance
Crossword puzzles are the world's most popular word game. But their history dates back only to 1913, when the New York World published a primitive "Word Cross" in a Sunday section called "Fun." There the puzzle remained unheralded until 1924, when the fledgling firm of Simon & Schuster published, as its very first book, the world's first crossword book, setting off a national and then an international craze. Suddenly crosswords seemingly appeared everywhere -- newspapers, magazines, advertising, clothing, even a show on Broadway. Drawing upon a broad range of items of ephemera in his collection, Shortz will trace the colorful history of crosswords from their early form of the 1910s-'20s to the sophisticated word game they are today.
Will Shortz is the crossword editor of The New York Times and puzzlemaster for NPR. He holds the world's only college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned in 1974 through a self-designed major at Indiana University. Shortz owns more than 25,000 puzzle books and magazines dating back to 1533, as well as thousands of items of puzzle ephemera. He is a longtime member of the Ephemera Society. He lives in Pleasantville, N.Y.