Getting Started on Crossword Puzzles

Getting Started on Crossword Puzzles

On December of 1913, a man called Arthur Wynne gave birth to one of the most beloved past times of people today—the crossword puzzle. It was very different from way back then because aside from being called "Word-Cross" it also had a different format—a diamond shaped puzzle without internal black squares in it.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

The newspaper is the most common avenue where one could see a crossword puzzle. Almost all broad sheets and dailies carry crossword puzzles because these are one of the main reasons why people buy them. But many hobbyists of crossword puzzles cannot wait for the next issue of the newspaper that is why they resort to books that contain compilation of different crossword puzzles.

Today, there are so many books that are published that would suit the person's level of expertise. There are those who are for beginners that contain easier words to fill out. There are also those who are for advanced hobbyists that would contain difficult words and combinations.

In most bookstores today, crossword puzzles are also categorized depending on the age. Many crossword puzzle books are available now for kids such as "Wordbook Game for Kids" that contains easy word puzzles and with big and attractive illustrations. For adults who want to start slow, they can buy the "The Outrageous Crossword Puzzle" which is more laid back and easier to solve. For those who learns fast, there's the " The New York Times Monday Through Friday Easy to Tough Crossword Puzzles". And, for those who are planning to get hooked into it, it is best to purchase the "The New York Times Crossword Omnibus: 1,001 Puzzles from the NYT" which is considered as the biggest book of crossword puzzles that was ever produced or published.

STARTER TIPS

Aside from being an entertaining hobby, the most important benefit the one can get from solving crossword puzzles regularly is that they exercise their minds. Experts say that those who solve crossword puzzles have lesser risks for dementia and other age-related neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. People who also solve crossword puzzles regularly are known to have lighter moods compared to those who don’t since they have an outlet for their emotions and other frustrations in life.

If you would want these benefits, now is the time to get started with crossword puzzles! Here some tips that can help you get by:

1. Learn how to solve it. If this is the first time that you will be solving a crossword puzzle, what you can do is grab a pen and start looking for the clues. By doing this, you will know which are the ones you can answer first. Once you have a word depending on the clue, you can look for more words until you finish the entire puzzle.

2. Read, read, and read! Since solving crossword puzzles is all about words, it is best if you update your vocabulary with new words as often as possible. This can be done by reading reference materials such as dictionaries, almanacs, and even novels. If you read these stuff regularly, you will be able to learn as many ambiguous words and phrases. If you are familiar with as many that words or phrases s possible, it will be easier for you to solve crossword puzzles.

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