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Thinking Inside the Box: Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them

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A delightful, erudite, and immersive exploration of the crossword puzzle and its fascinating history from a brilliant young writer

The crossword is a feature of the modern world, inspiring daily devotion and obsession from not just everyday citizens looking to pass the time but icons of American life, such as Bill Clinton, Yo-Yo Ma, and Martha Stewart. It was invented in
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: March 17th 2020 by Penguin Press
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    Cynthia
    Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    4.5 stars. If you have any interest in or curiosity about crossword puzzles, this is the book for you!
    Virginia
    Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is a really fun book on American history and its love of word puzzles! Adrienne Raphel maps out the history of the crossword puzzle in America from its first printing in the New York World to the New York Times' hosted crossword-themed cruises today.

    I'm a casual crossword player, enjoying the puzzle here and there since college when I realized that it was a good way to waste time, waiting for class to start. However, I found a lot of information in this book very fascinating as I didn't
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    Arik Hardin
    Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This book is everything you could ever want out of a book about crosswords. It give you the crossword puzzle's entire history, introduces you to the cast of fascinating characters who create and enjoy crosswords, and it also allows you inside the mind of the author as she tries to create her own crossword worthy of publication in the New York Times. Never before have I ever thought about how crosswords are made or that I might want to make one myself, but here I am, considering a part-time ...more
    Janis
    Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    If you enjoy doing crosswords, you will love this book. It has everything you want to know (but never did) about the history of crosswords, as well as fascinating information about how crosswords relate to the world of literature. The author takes us along with her to the national crossword tournament, and she shows us how she tries to construct a crossword puzzle. Now I've added those two items to my bucket list!
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    Adrienne Raphel is the author of What Was It For (Rescue Press, 2017), winner of the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize; and the chapbook But What Will We Do (Seattle Review, 2016), winner of the Seattle Review Chapbook Contest. Her work has also appeared in such publications as the New Yorker online, POETRY, the New Republic, the Paris Review Daily, and Lana Turner Journal. Born in New Jersey ...more