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Three Attic readers have already mailed in complete, correct crosswords and received a genuine Attic mug. One mug is left!

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The Attic — P.O. Box 297 Montague, MA. 01351.

        Crossword puzzles took this country by craze in the 1920s.  Suddenly every newspaper had a crossword.  People were puzzling on buses, at the beach, at the kitchen table. Those curious words that only appear in puzzles — ANL, ORT, GNXL — (okay, I made up the last one) began to sink into crossword consciousness.

        Then in 1924, two young publishers launched their new company with a best-selling collection of crosswords.  Their names were Simon and Schuster.    

Other crazes of the 1920s came and went.  Mah-jongg.  Pole sitting. Babe Ruth.  But crosswords are still with us.  Those who do them daily, including my wordsmith daughter, can’t start the morning without one.  (She even finishes the Times Saturday puzzle.)

        Here at the end of The Attic’s second year, a crossword seemed the best recap.  In 2018, Attic rummagers met Americans few had heard of — Ice cream mogul Steve Herrell and San Diego Chicken man Ted Giannoulas.  Cookbook pioneer Mary J. Lincoln and Burning Man creator Larry Harvey.   

        The Attic also profiled more famous Americans.  Helen Keller and Charlie Chaplin.  Spaceman Bill Lee and Snoopy.  Edward R. Murrow and astronomer Maria Mitchell

        Finally, there were road trips — to Texas’ own Cadillac Ranch, to Bisbee, AZ, Surf City, USA, and over the Sierras tracing the Transcontinental Railroad.

        How to sum it all up?  Get your pencils and printers ready!  

        Below is the first ATTIC CROSSWORD.  Attic stories are woven into two dozen of the clues below.  The rest are ordinary words with some weird ones the grid requires. If you get stuck, use the search function at the upper right of the HOME page to find any article.

        A warning — patience is advised.  My daughter gave up halfway through, but then she doesn’t read The Attic much.  She’s too busy doing her damn crosswords.




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