Celebrating 100 years of cr_ssw_rds | Crosswords!
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The popular pastime marks its centennial — and fans say the puzzle is in its golden age
The innovation in today's crossword puzzles would make Farrar's head spin. Today there are music puzzles, foodie puzzles, hipster puzzles, puzzles that are raunchy and lowbrow, 3-D puzzles and puzzles with words that extend outside the grid. There's even a puzzle that features a Super Mario Bros. time warp, a nostalgic homage to the video games, for 30-somethings. And a puzzle written in textspeak — srsly.
While the Internet has eroded the business model of newspapers and led some to drop crosswords, it has also freed crossword-puzzle constructors to publish puzzles on their own terms.