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Crossworld: One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession

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Sixty-four million people do it at least once a week. Nabokov wrote about it. Bill Clinton even did it in the White House. The crossword puzzle has arguably been our national obsession since its birth almost acentury ago. Now, in Crossworld, writer, translator, and lifelong puzzler Marc Romano goes where no Number 2 pencil has gone before, as he delves into the minds of the world's cleverestcrossword creators and puzzlers, and sets out on his own quest to join their ranks.

While covering the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for the Boston Globe, Romano was amazed bythe skill of the competitors and astonished by the cast of characters he came across-like Will Shortz, beloved editor of the New York Times puzzle and the only academically accreditedenigmatologist (puzzle scholar); Stanley Newman, Newsday's puzzle editor and the fastest solver in the world; and Brendan Emmett Quigley, the wickedly gifted puzzleconstructer and the Virgil to Marc's Dante in his travels through the crossword inferno.

Chronicling his own journey into the world of puzzling-even providing tips on how to improvecrosswording skills-Romano tells the story of crosswords and word puzzles themselves, and of the colorful people who make them, solve them, and occasionally become consumed by them.

But sayingthis is a book about puzzles is to tell only half the story. It is also an explanation into what crosswords tell us about ourselves-about the world we live in, the cultures that nurture us, and the different wayswe think and learn. If you're a puzzler, Crossworld will enthrall you. If you have no idea why your spouse send so much time filling letters into little white squares, Crossworld will tell you - and with luck, save your marriage.

CROSSWORLD - by MarcRomano

ACROSS

1. I am hopelessly addicted to the New York Times crossword puzzle.

2. Like many addicts, I was reluctant to admit I have aproblem.

3. The hints I was heading for trouble came, at first, only occasionally.

4. The moments of panic when I realized that I might not get my fix on a given day.

5. The toll onrelationships.

6. The strained friendships.

7. The lost hours I could have used to do something more productive.

8. It gets worse, too.

DOWN

1. You're not just playing a game.

2. You're constantly broadening your intellectualhorizons.

3. You spend a lot of time looking at and learning about the world around you.

4. You have to if you want to develop the accumulated store of factual informationyou'll need to get through a crossword puzzle.

5. Puzzle people are nice because they have to be.

6. The more you know about the world, the more you tend togive all things in it the benefit of the doubt before deciding if you like them or not.

7. I'm not saying that all crossword lovers are honest folk dripping with goodness.

8. I would say, though, that if I had to toss my keys and wallet to someone before jumping off a pier to save a drowning girl, I'd look for the fellow in the crowd with the dailycrossword in his hand.

From the Hardcover edition.

Synopsis:

A journalist describes his personal odyssey into the baffling world of crossword puzzles, tracing the history of crosswords and other word puzzles and profiling the colorful people who create them, solve them, and become obsessed by them. 40,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Marc Romano recounts his efforts to join the ranks of some of the world's greatest crossword creators and puzzlers.

About the Author

by Marc Romano

ACROSS

1. I am hopelessly addicted to the New York Times crossword puzzle.

2. Like many addicts, I was reluctant to admit I have a problem.

3. The hints I was heading for trouble came, at first, only occasionally.

4. The moments of panic when I realized that I might not get my fix on a given day.

5. The toll on relationships.

6. The strained friendships.

7. The lost hours I could have used to do something more productive.

8. It gets worse, too.

DOWN

1. You’re not just playing a game.

2. You’re constantly broadening your intellectual horizons.

3. You spend a lot of time looking at and learning about the world around you.

4. You have to if you want to develop the accumulated store of factual information you’ll need to get through a crossword puzzle.

5. Puzzle people are nice because they have to be.

6. The more you know about the world, the more you tend to give all things in it the benefit of the doubt before deciding if you like them or not.

7. I’m not saying that all crossword lovers are honest folk dripping with goodness.

8. I would say, though, that if I had to toss my keys and wallet to someone before jumping off a pier to save a drowning girl, I’d look for the fellow in the crowd with the daily crossword in his hand.

From the Hardcover edition.

Table of Contents

My puzzling problem — Enter the crossword — Puzzle neophyte seeks puzzle mentor — A crossword pilgrimage — How not to prepare for competitive solving — Attack of the high school girls — The last puzzle — The puzzlemaster in his labyrinth — The nice and the nasty — How to solve a crossword — The eschatology of puzzles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767921602
Subtitle:
One Man's Journey into America's Crossword Obsession
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Author:
Romano, Marc
Subject:
Games-Crosswords - General
Subject:
Games : Crosswords - General
Subject:
Crosswords - General
Subject:
Crossword puzzles
Subject:
Games-Crossword Puzzle Dictionaries
Subject:
Games-Crossword Puzzles
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20050614
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
238

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"Synopsis" by , A journalist describes his personal odyssey into the baffling world of crossword puzzles, tracing the history of crosswords and other word puzzles and profiling the colorful people who create them, solve them, and become obsessed by them. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Marc Romano recounts his efforts to join the ranks of some of the world's greatest crossword creators and puzzlers.
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