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Thinking Inside the Box by Adrienne Raphel

Thinking Inside the Box

Adventures with Crosswords and the Puzzling People Who Can't Live Without Them

Adrienne Raphel

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Imprint: Robinson
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 5 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9781472144645

A delightful, erudite, and immersive exploration of the crossword puzzle and its fascinating history from a brilliant young writer.

4 stars out of 5
Suzie Mesure
19 Mar 2020

"Her writing is packed with the sort of beautifully observed details you’d expect from a New Yorker contributor"

Adrienne Raphel, an aficionado, mixes history with reportage from the crossword frontlines. She journeys to Stamford, Connecticut, for the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and takes a crossword-themed cruise to mark 75 years of New York Times’s puzzles. Her writing is packed with the sort of beautifully observed details you’d expect from a New Yorker contributor. “At the ACPT, the reigning aesthetic was orthotics meets checkerboard.” A snippet about competitive puzzlers preferring a lower case “e” because it’s quicker to scrawl than an “E” conveys the competitors’ dedication.

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