100th Anniversary of the Crossword Puzzle: Google Doodles

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Dec 21, 2013

See the interactive version here!

We were lucky and excited to collaborate on our crossword doodle with Merl Reagle, one of the best and most well-known crossword constructors working today. Merl worked with Google engineer/crossword enthusiast, Tom Tabanao, to craft our puzzle grid and write all the clues. Merl’s knowledge of the puzzle world—and perspective on crosswords in particular—is considerable. We thoroughly enjoyed the wit and humor he brought to the whole endeavor. Here are Merl’s thoughts on the history of the crossword puzzle. -Ed.

First, it was a huge honor to be asked to do this. Many, many thanks to Tom Tabanao for pulling me in and shepherding the project through.

Second, it was a great opportunity to bring Arthur Wynne’s name into the public spotlight. He never made any money off the crossword, but he made tens of millions of puzzle fans around the world very happy. The fact that the first word across in the first-ever crossword was FUN is very appropriate, too. Crossword puzzles are indeed supposed to be fun—brainy fun, but fun nonetheless. The first puzzle also contained the word DOH, clued as “fiber of the gomuti […]

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Freemasonrywatch.org removed from Google Search results for key words Freemasonry, Freemasons

Seocentro.com

Search Engines, Keyword Position

For over a decade Freemasonrywatch.org has been in the top results for the Google search engine on the topic of Freemasonry then ‘overnight’ over the past six months it has disappeared completely from it’s search results.

This is a website with over 80k natural external links & 22m pageviews since net1.0 yet now according to Google it doesn’t exist.

Freemasonrywatch subsequently identified Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Google ‘Idea’s Director Jared Cohen as being Freemasons after observing their use of Masonic handsignals during a book pr appearance in the UK. Schmidt was also identified by researchers as an attendee of the 2013 Bilderberg Group.

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