Crossword Puzzles for Print

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The puzzle shown below features state names, state abbreviations and cities.

The object of the game is to fill the white squares with letters, forming words or phrases, by solving the clues.

Each answer begins in a numbered square, and is spelled either left-to-right (across), or top-to-bottom (down).

To print this puzzle, just right click on the empty puzzle grid and select a save option from the drop-down menu. Do the same for the clues and the solution grid, also shown below. Then, simply start solving.

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five fast facts about crossword puzzles

  1. The first crossword puzzle was invented by Arthur Wynne, and appeared in the Christmas edition of the "New York World" in 1913.
  2. When the "New York World" tried to discontinue its weekly crossword puzzle, the resulting public outrage forced the magazine to reinstate the crossword puzzle feature just one week later. 
  3. The first crossword puzzle ever created was diamond-shaped.
  4. Crossword puzzles used to be called Word-Cross puzzles. 
  5. The first book dedicated entirely to crossword puzzles was published in 1924, authored by Dick Simon and Lincoln Schuster. 

Simon and Schuster still publishes Crossword Puzzle Books. The original series ended in 2007 after 258 volumes.

Crossword puzzles are NOT case-sensitive. Still, most crossword solvers find capital letters easiest to use in a typical puzzle grid. The main reason for capital letters is that they eliminate the potential confusion between the letter I and the letter L. 

Many American crossword puzzles contain a "theme," consisting of a number of entries that share some common element.

The creation of crossword puzzles is called cruciverbalism.

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