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history of puzzle

The word puzzle first appeared in print in 1599 in the play The Two Angry Women of Abington by Henry Porter, who used it to describe a state or condition of bewilderment. In its meaning of “a difficult problem or question,” puzzle first makes an appearance in An Antidote Against Atheism, a book by Henry More that was published in 1652. It was not until 1781 that the word puzzle took on the sense of “something devised for the purpose of testing one’s ingenuity,” which is how it was used in James Woodforde’s The Diary of a Country Parson. But puzzles in varying shapes and forms, while not always called puzzles, have shown up throughout history.

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