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Quiz for Squids
Brain Power and Quizzes
Exercising the brain is good therapy for your health. The most popular form of exercise is that gained by doing a quiz or three. Crosswords have always been popular and they are great entertainment but here in Squidoo we can't make that kind of lens. So the next best thing is a quiz.
So this lens features my quizzes and some by other squids as well. It will start by exercising your brain as you go along to warm it up for the task ahead.
The First Crossword
This is credited to a Frenchman who used a four by four grid in Il Secolo Illustrato della Domenica. piblished September 1890. Wikipedia noted that he called it Per Passare il tempo, or 'to pass the time'. It has no shaded squares only horizontal and vertical clues.
It was an Englishman, however, who Wikipedia notes: "published a "word-cross" puzzle in the New York World that embodied most of the features of the genre as we know it. This puzzle is frequently cited as the first crossword puzzle, and Wynne as the inventor. Later, the name of the puzzle was changed to "crossword". He was a journalist named Arthur Wynn and soon newspapers around the world were publishing them. The Boston Globe was reportedly doing so from 1917
As they were taken up by other counrties and the rules and character tended to change to accommodate accents and local expectations. They were also used as codes for British forces. "In 1944 Allied security officers were disturbed by the appearance, in a series of crosswords in The Daily Telegraph, of words that were secret code names for military operations planned as part of Operation Overlord. "Utah" (the code name for one of the landing sites) appeared in a puzzle on May 2, 1944. Subsequent puzzles included the landing site "Omaha" and "Mulberry"; the secret artificial harbours." Wikipedia
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Do You do Crosswords?
Are you a passionate puzzler?
Other Puzzles - Scrabble
Perhaps the best word game for more than one person is scrabble and more than 150 million sets of this board game have reportedly sold world wide. Wikipedia notes that it was invented by an architect, Alfred Mosher Butts, in 1938 as a variant of his previous invention called Lexiko. He named the new form 'criss-crosswords and was unsuccessful in attracting interest in it from any major manufacturers of his time,
He did, however, produce a few copies himself and sold one to a guy named James Brunot who in 1948 bought the rights to manufacture copies whilst Butts was to receive royalties on all copies sold. The game was then changed a bit and the rules simplified. It was given the new name - Scrabble, a term meaning "to scratch frantically." There was still not much interest in the game, however, until a chance meeting between the game and someone who knew how to promote it.
In 1952 the President of Macy's, Jack Strauss, played it while on holidays and immediately placed a large order for it to be carried in his store and it then took off. Unable to keep up with the orders Brunot sold it to Selchow and Righter, in 1952, but its history since then is rather disappointing. The latter sold it to Coleco who went bankrupt. Its assets were purchased by Halsbro and the game was sold in Australia and the UK in 1955.
Grandma and her fury
Do You Play Scrabble?
Is it a game you enjoy
I was just a kid in primary school when first introduced to this game. One of the top students in my class brought it along for game time on our informal out of uniform day, I watched with fascination as some girls teamed up and played it but knew that my parents could never afford to buy something like that for us. Now I have played it so many times that it grates on my nerves,
But people the world over love it and it will continue to please families for decades to come.
It is based on economic competition and acquisition of wealth, power and knowledge, which is probably why it is not my favorite passtime.
Its origin is a surprise as it was invented by a Quaker woman, Elizabeth (Lizzie) J. Magie Phillips, in 1903 who used it to illustrate the taxation system of Henry George. His was a single tax system and she called her game the Landlord's Game. It was commercially published in 1924 (Wikipedia)
It was also used during WWII by the British Secret Service who used it to send prisoners of war, through the supplier "John Waddington Ltd., the licensed manufacturer of the game outside the U.S". special escape aids. "Hidden inside were maps, compasses, real money and objects useful for escaping."
Does your family enjoy monopoly?
Is it a family tradition in your home
My Favorite Game
Chess has always been my favorite board game and I was once very good at it. Now I have a hard time beating my 6 year old grandson. However, it is still one of the most intriguing brain exercising games, as far as I am concerned, With strategy, skill and surprise its key elements it is no surprise that there are major tournaments globally and it is probably one of the most played games by the intellects of this world. That's my assessment as I have no figures to back it up.
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