It’s a Puzzle When It Comes To the Word, “Crossword”

When the crossword puzzle was invented in 1913, it became a worldwide craze, particularly in the United States and England. One of the major side effects of the craze: a tremendous boost in the sale of dictionaries. Yet dictionaries, being instruments of snobs at the time, refused for seventeen years to recognize that crossword was a word.*

*from the book, ‘Duh! The Stupid History of the Human Race,’ by Bob Fenster