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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20: CROSSWORD PUZZLEProfile America — Thursday, December 20th. One of the world's most popular word games appeared for the first time this week in 1913, in the Sunday edition of the New York World. That's when the first crossword puzzle, created by journalist
Arthur Wynne, was printed. His puzzle was diamond shaped and had no black squares. During the 1920s, other newspapers picked up the new pastime, and within a decade, crossword puzzles were a feature of almost every U.S. newspaper and began to assume their now familiar form. Now, there are 8,460 newspapers published across the U.S., providing jobs for close to 361,000 people. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy from the American Community Survey at
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 596Kane's Famous First Facts, 40102007 Economic Census, NAICS 51111
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau