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From Square One By Dean Olsher
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From Square One By Dean Olsher

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Dean Olsher
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Simon & Schuster
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  • "From Square One" is Dean Olsher's captivating and in-depth exploration of the cultural history, psychology, and even metaphysics of crosswords -- their promise of a world without chaos and uncertainty. It is often repeated that more than 50 million Americans do crossword puzzles on a regular basis. Skeptical of that claim, Dean Olsher does his own research and finds that the number is ...

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    Category Type
    Hobbies
    ISBN
    9780743287623
    Item EAN
    2724635547218
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    Author
    Dean Olsher
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    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
    Category Type
    Hobbies
    ISBN
    9780743287623
    Item EAN
    2724635547218
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    Author
    Dean Olsher
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    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster
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    • "From Square One" is Dean Olsher's captivating and in-depth exploration of the cultural history, psychology, and even metaphysics of crosswords -- their promise of a world without chaos and uncertainty. It is often repeated that more than 50 million Americans do crossword puzzles on a regular
    • "From Square One" is Dean Olsher's captivating and in-depth exploration of the cultural history, psychology, and even metaphysics of crosswords -- their promise of a world without chaos and uncertainty. It is often repeated that more than 50 million Americans do crossword puzzles on a regular basis. Skeptical of that claim, Dean Olsher does his own research and finds that the number is nearly dead-on. Filled with lively, original reporting, "From Square One" disputes the widely held belief that solving crosswords helps prevent Alzheimer's; in fact, the drive to fill in empty spaces is more likely a mental illness than a cure. While "puzzle addiction" is usually meant as a lighthearted metaphor, the term contains more than a nugget of truth. Olsher looks into the origins and traditions of this popular pastime, which made its debut in a New York newspaper in 1913. Or did it? Along the way, he takes readers inside the making of a crossword. He also revives the quest of musical-theater legend and puzzle constructor Stephen Sondheim to find an American audience for a British crossword style that demands a love of verbal playfulness over knowledge of arcane trivia. Informative, engaging, and often surprising, "From Square One" is a unique and enjoyable read for puzzlers and nonpuzzlers alike.
 

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