Introduction to Top 10 Tips for Solving Crossword Puzzles

Additional tip: Finish your crossword with a friend, so it's more fun.

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Crossword puzzles are a traditional part of many daily newspapers. Since 1913, when Arthur Wynne published the first crossword puzzle in the New York World, puzzlers all over the world have delighted in these head-scratching games [source: Brief History of Crossword Puzzles]. And there's more to crosswords than fun; some studies have shown that regularly solving puzzles like crosswords or Sudoku can help improve your memory, and may even reduce mental decline in the elderly [source: Christie]. Crossword puzzles are also a great way to improve your vocabulary and general knowledge.

Some crosswords are simple, but some are most definitely not. The famous Sunday crossword puzzle of the New York Times is one of the hardest out there, and it isn't for the faint of heart. But don't despair -- there are plenty of tricks out there that can help turn you into a puzzle master. Remember, the harder the puzzle, the more satisfying it is when you fill in that final square.

Ready to dive in? Read on for the top 10 tips for solving crossword puzzles.