Board game:Play-a-Puzzle the exciting New Game of Crosswords for Two

Sunset Games1981

The Strong National Museum of Play

The Strong National Museum of Play

The history of the board game Scrabble is well-documented, and the National Toy Hall of Fame at The Strong inducted Scrabble in 2004. An idea born in the Great Depression and an American fascination with crossword puzzles, Scrabble didn't really catch on until around 1950. Soon stores couldn't stock enough copies of the game. Somtimes classic and well-loved games such as Scrabble also foster similar games. While both Scrabble and crossword puzzles continued to be popular throughout the twentieth century, in 1981 Sunset Games of California produced Play-a-Puzzle, The Game of Crosswords for Two. Players compete using sample crossword puzzles supplied with the game (taken from current L.A. Times puzzle examples) or select a puzzle from "daily newspapers and crossword magazines." They must place letters on the board spelling words for each clue of the puzzle in turn. A complex system of scoring accompanies the game; this gets even more complex with multiple scoring or penalizing points awarded or taken near game's end. Play-a-Puzzle did not achieve high sales and even the manufacturer, Sunset Games, has fallen into obscurity.

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  • Title: Board game:Play-a-Puzzle the exciting New Game of Crosswords for Two
  • Creator: Sunset Games
  • Date Created: 1981
  • Location: Newport Beach, CA
  • Subject Keywords: crossword puzzle
  • Type: Board Games
  • Medium: printed paper, plastic, cardboard
  • Object ID: 113.1682
  • Credit Line: Gift of Richard W. Sherin