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Fun: Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords

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Title: Fun: Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords
Author: Bacilieri, Paolo
ISBN: 9781910593257
Publisher: SelfMadeHero
Published: 2017
Binding: Regular Hardback
Language: English
Publisher Description:
In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, "Fun." A century later, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract (and infuriate) millions of devotees every day. But the world's most popular--and seemingly mundane--pastime has a surprising history, filled with intrigue and adventure.

Paolo Bacilieri's FUN transports us from turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Milan, taking in stories of ingenious puzzle makers, ardent solvers, and intellectual luminaries. Part detective story, part docudrama, and interlaced with a fiction of Bacilieri's own imagining, FUN questions the crossword's "harmless" status. Sure, it's fun--but could it also be a form of resistance, of cryptic communication, of espionage?