Four-Letter Words: And Other Secrets of a Crossword Insider

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Crossword puzzle expert and champion Michelle Arnot has complied this irresistibly fun and entertaining manual filled with fascinating facts, puzzle miscellany, and surefire tips for puzzle solving. For devoted daily puzzlers, casual solvers, and fearless crossword warriors alike, this book offers insights into the addictive world of crossword puzzles including:

· Insider secrets, techniques, and tips
· Obscure four-letter words for scoring big points
· Advanced strategies of competitive puzzlers
· Inside stories of eccentric players and all-time champions of the grids
· Trivia, lore, and the lingo of crosswording

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About the Author:

Ever since selling her first puzzle to the New York Times more than 30 years ago, Michelle Arnot has made herself at home in the world of crosswords as a puzzle creator, editor, publisher, author, and instructor. The author of What’s Gnu?: A History of the Crossword and Crossword Puzzles for Dummies, she currently divides her time between Japan, the land of sudoku, and a small farm in the Berkshires in Massachusetts.

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1) A puzzle a day keeps stale thinking at bay?

Jogging guru James Fixx (author of Games for the Superintelligent) believed that puzzles allow the mind to do its best work since crosswords offer new perspectives on problem solving in a controlled setting.

2) As the GNP goes down, sales of crossword puzzle magazines goes up?

The popularity of crossword puzzles enjoyed its best years during the Great Depression, after WW 2, and again during the recession of the 1980s when Games magazine appeared on the newsstand.

3) Crossword puzzle magazines are number one sellers at the newsstand?

Along with X-rated publications, puzzles are ever popular at the news agents. Crosswords never go out of date.

4) Carly Simon's dad was the first to publish a book of crosswords?

In 1923 Richard Schuster and his partner, Max Simon, decided to compile a crossword collection. It established their publishing house and continues as a series to this day.

5) According to California academic crosswords are a reliable way to sharpen your memory?

California State professor Robert Oliphant discovered that crossword puzzles are an effective tool for retaining good recall.

6) Watching Wheel of Fortune helps to hone your crossword solving skills?

The TV Show raises your awareness of which letters are more likely to appear.

7) Princess Margaret won a crossword contest?

The sister of Queen Elizabeth II sent in a correctly solved diagram and was selected as the grand winner. No word on whether Princes William or Harry share this interest.

8) Crossword puzzle solving is an effective vocabulary builder?

In the 1920s the NY Zoological Society acknowledged that many visitors were familiar with ANOA ("Celebes ox") and YAK ("Tibetan ox") thanks to crosswords.

9) The New York Times crossword puzzle is a Baby Boomer?

The daily crossword was born on September 11, 1950.

10) The crossword puzzle is a product of the 20th century?

An Englishman working at The NY World devised the game and published it on December 11, 1913.

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