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Crossword Puzzles:
The History, the Challenge, the Benefits
Stanley Newman

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: Part One of this lecture presents the history and evolution of crosswords, from their 1913 debut in the New York World newspaper, to the 1920s national craze, through 2017, the 75th anniversary of the first New York Times crossword. Mr. Newman has had a significant part in this evolution, as a leader of the “New Wave” movement since the 1980s. Part Two will be instructional in nature, showing how crossword fans at any level can improve their skills, and the best ways for beginners to get started. Part Three will demonstrate how crossword skills can be applied to real-life situations. Can crossword puzzles really help ward off diseases of the mind such as Alzheimer’s? Perhaps. But solving crosswords regularly will most definitely yield mental benefits that you can put to good use right now.

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Stanley Newman has been Crossword Editor for the Long Island, NY newspaper, Newsday, since 1988 - now syndicated worldwide to newspapers and websites.  He is the author or editor of more than 200 books, including crossword/word game books, the Mind Stretchers series for Reader's Digest, The Million Word Crossword Dictionary and 15,003 Answers:The Ultimate Trivia Encyclopedia.  Mr. Newman received his BS, Phi Beta Kappa in Mathematics from Brooklyn College, and his MS in Statistics from Rutgers University. A former Wall Street bond analyst, his entry into the crossword field came about as a direct result of winning the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and the first US Open Crossword Championship, both in 1982. Mr. Newman holds the world's record for the fastest completion of a New York Times crossword: 2 minutes, 14 seconds, set in 1996 on NBC's New York City TV station. He has spoken extensively on building "mental fitness" in general, and improving crossword skills in particular, including six events at the Smithsonian Institution.

FPL10054
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Date: Thursday, October 5, 2017
Location: Barry and Florence Friedberg Auditorium, Boca Raton Campus
Fees: Member - $30 per event
$75 for any combination of three events, members only
$120 for any combination of eight events, members only

Non-member - $35
Cash will no longer be accepted as payment for lectures.

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