The first known published crossword puzzle was created by a journalist named Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, and he is usually credited as the inventor of the popular word game. December 21, 1913 was the date and it appeared in a Sunday newspaper, the New York World. - National Crossword Tournament.
Can’t say I’m big on crossword puzzles (I like Word Scramble) but my wife enjoys them and I like the rewards of helping her when I can. So we jumped at the chance to see Wordplay on Saturday. It’s an excellent docu-flick that centers on Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword puzzle editor and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (Spoiler alert: Their link contains the winner of the tournament).
We enjoy going to the lower budget movies but lately some of them have not been quite tasty enough. This one seemed like it would be the same but we really liked it. The movie includes looks at some of the expert players and cameos by puzzle lovers such as Jon Stewart, Mike Mussina and Daniel Okrent.
The tournament is held every winter in Stamford, Connecticut. When I saw the name-tagged participants filing into the hotel ballroom and felt their sense of community and joy of knowledge, I couldn’t help but think of the SABR convention. I thought to myself how great it would be if someone could do a really good expose on some of the people who go and the events that are held.
Speaking of the SABR convention, it starts this week in Seattle. Like the puzzle tournament in Wordplay, one very smart and fast player will emerge as the winner of its trivia contest and things learned, fellowship and love of the game will be shared.