WASHINGTON, Dec. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 22: CROSSWORD PUZZLES
Profile America — Wednesday, December 22nd. 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. At the time Arthur Wynne's puzzle first appeared, about 29 million Americans read daily newspapers. Now, that figure is about 49 million on both weekdays and Sundays. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Kane's Famous First Facts, 4010
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 810
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 1098
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau