December 21st , 2013 is the 100th anniversary of the first published crossword puzzle by Arthur Wynne. To celebrate this centennial, please enjoy listening to the wordplay wizard (and New York Times crossword editor) Will Shortz take on our puzzle guru John Chaneski in an intense word-puzzle showdown. We have another treat for you, too. Head to NPR.org to try your hand at a special crossword puzzle written by John Chaneski just for this occasion. Go on, it’ll be good for you. Only one question remains: will you use pencil, or pen?
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