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letters to feel the teensy “aha” rush when the answer fits. Research also shows that satisfacti­on might not be the only upside to crosswords: Regular playing may help delay memory loss and other signs of cerebral aging. Whatever the reason for our obsession, in the 107 years since a New York City newspaper first published one, the audience has grown steadily and now includes the hundreds of thousands of fans who try The New York Times’ to defeat trickiest grids daily.

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