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FUN HC

Product Number: 9781910593257

$24.95



Writer: Paolo Bacilieri

Artist: Paolo Bacilieri

Publisher: SelfMadeHero

Spies, Puzzle Solvers, and a Century of Crosswords

In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, Fun. A century later, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract (and infuriate) millions of devotees every day. But the world’s most popular and seemingly mundane pastime has a surprising history, filled with intrigue and adventure.

Paolo Bacilieri’s FUN transports us from turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Milan, taking in stories of ingenious puzzle makers, ardent solvers, and intellectual luminaries. Part detective story, part docudrama, and interlaced with a fiction of Bacilieri’s own imagining, FUN questions the crossword’s harmless status. Sure, it’s fun but could it also be a form of resistance, of cryptic communication, of espionage?


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