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Crossworld

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Crossworld

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
71697
publisher:
Broadway Books
genre:
Nonfiction

We gave it a B+

After picking up a New York Times Sunday crossword as a college sophomore, Marc Romano was smitten; before long he was ”hopelessly addicted.” But this book isn’t just a smart, funny chronicle of Romano’s infatuation, it’s also a history of the NYT puzzle, as well as a mini-bio of its current editor, Will Shortz. Romano mines the brain of the devilishly talented Brendan Emmett Quigley, one of the nation’s best puzzle writers. He visits the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (where he’s swamped by ”a wave of almost palpable hyperactive geekish energy”). His conclusion: A puzzler at work should never be disturbed. ”He or she is solving a mystery, and at the same time putting back together, word by word, the pieces of our broken world.”

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