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The Making Of A Great Crossword

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Jessica Whittle
Crosswords have enjoyed steady popularity in the United States since their introduction in 1913.

Constuctors reveal the intricacies of how crosswords are designed and the reasons they are so popular.

Whether it is the Sunday edition of the New York Times, a smartphone app, or the back of a cereal box, crossword puzzles have captivated American audiences for over a century. Get an inside look at what it takes to build and solve these popular word challenges.

Join KCUR's Dan Margolies and puzzle masters David Steinberg and Amanda Rafkin for KCUR's Virtual Crossword Puzzle Tournament on Thursday, June 24, from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Competitors and spectators can purchase tickets here.

Brian Ellison is a guest host of talk shows, newscasts, special coverage and community events for KCUR. Follow him on Twitter @ptsbrian.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.