Crossword puzzles are one of the most popular and widespread word games in the world, the first known published crossword puzzle was created by a journalist named Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, and it appeared in the New York World Sunday newspaper on December 21, 1913. In the United States, the first Times crossword appeared on February 1st, 1930.

 the worlds first crossword puzzle

the worlds first crossword puzzle

 

 

 

Fast forward to the present we are now inundated with thousands of word association and puzzle apps, they can be very addictive because of the wide variety, accessibility, and many are free. Another reason these apps are so popular is because experts feel that playing games is the perfect way to unwind, and isconsequently hugely beneficial in combating stress, promoting health and keeping your brain fit and active. Players spend several minutes, even hours at a time making this past time very popular.

It is no wonder why people love to test their brain power with these types of games, especially in a world where more of us are spending increasing amounts of time on our devices.