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Monday 2nd December / presented by Rewi Lyall

Guess what nerds?

This month marks 100 years since the creation of the first crossword, originally created by British Journalist Arthur Wayne for the Sunday New York World.

December 21, 1913, to be precise.

The puzzle though is more than mind-boggling to its enthusiasts.

Devotees have gone to some extreme lengths over the years, with one woman suing her husband for divorce, claiming that ‘he was so engrossed in solving crosswords that he didn’t have time to work’.

Let’s celebrate the crossword with Australia’s pre-eminent crossword aficionado – the puzzle wizard, Greg Parker who kindly gave his time to discuss all things wordy and cryptic.

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