FUN: Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords

FUN: Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords

by Paolo Bacilieri

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FUN: Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords by Paolo Bacilieri


In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, “Fun.” A century later, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract (and infuriate) millions of devotees every day. But the world’s most popular—and seemingly mundane—pastime has a surprising history, filled with intrigue and adventure.

Paolo Bacilieri’s FUN transports us from turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Milan, taking in stories of ingenious puzzle makers, ardent solvers, and intellectual luminaries. Part detective story, part docudrama, and interlaced with a fiction of Bacilieri’s own imagining, FUN questions the crossword’s “harmless” status. Sure, it’s fun—but could it also be a form of resistance, of cryptic communication, of espionage?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910593257
Publisher: SelfMadeHero
Publication date: 06/06/2017
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 854,758
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author


Born in Verona in 1965, Paolo Bacilieri graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna. His comic book series include Napoleone and Jan Dix. He lives in Milan.

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