Besides various „number riddles“ many types of crossword riddles are known: such as Swedish style, American style, syllable riddles, lattice riddles, letter shaking riddles, etc.
But in the end, the searched words are usually placed vertically and horizontally – mostly black and white boxes – in such a way that all groups of letters filled in result into the conrrect meaning and make sense.
May be that kind of guessing fun seems to be a bit old-fashioned. But even I myself sometimes like to indulge these minutes to reduce stress or even complete a riddle in the morning as a starter into the day to kick off circulation and brain. Sometimes it is also a bit of ambition to complete the entire riddle within a certain timeframe.
However, the world’s first crossword riddle was published on December 21, 1913 in the “New York World” newspaper as a Christmas supplement and had 31 search terms. It is stated that crossword riddles were invented by the Liverpool journalist Arthur Wynne. The basis obviously was a game invented by his grandfather called The Magic Squares. Wynne’s initial crossword riddle did not distinguish black fields and was diamond-shaped. Step by step, Wynne varied his word puzzle according to the delimitation of the words black fields and arranged the terms in symmetrical grids as still known today.
Finally in the early 1920s the first crossword riddles were published in European newspapers and magazines. In 1925 the first crossword riddle appeared in a German newspaper called “Berliner Illustrierte”. In 1985 Charles Cilard created the world’s biggest crossword riddle in accordance to four guidelines. It was 870 m long, 30 cm wide and had 2,610,000 boxes. Furthermore in 1981 a crossword riddle (based on fond comparism) helped to solve a murder case, once known as the famous „crossword riddle“ criminal case of the GDR.
Since 2010, the German riddlee association „Logic Masters Germany“ has brought the „German Crossword Riddle Championships“ to life. The qualification for these championships is made through various riddle magazine actions. These include the four finalists from the previous year and the actual new ones. On the day of the competition, the four best riddle solvers fom the four finalists and play three rounds. The quickest finalist with an error-free solution becomes the new German champion.
Well, dear riddle friends and those who want to be, please find below a small German-English riddle version. On your marks: ready, stady … go and have fun!