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Since they took the U.S. by storm in 1913, enthusiasts have been touting the benefits of crossword puzzles for mental acuity and just good old-fashioned innocent entertainment. In 2006 Wordplay, Patrick Creadon’s documentary about legendary NY Times crossword puzzle editor, Will Shortz was a surprise hit, proving that crosswords are as beloved as ever. In 2007, Bill Clinton, who was featured in Wordplay, created his own Sunday Times crossword entitledTwistin’ the Oldies. If you thought crosswords were strictly dry and stuffy, fellow crossword aficionado, Jon Stewart found the romance in cruciverbalism when he proposed to his wife with a custom crossword puzzle.

There are also numerous health benefits of crossword puzzles since they keep your brain sharp and engaged. In fact, we recommend that you do at least one a week. It may even do wonders for your social life, heartthrob Chris Pine says: “One thing that I do find really sexy is a girl who’s good at crossword puzzles.” While, that’s reason enough for us to take up the hobby, here are eight more for you to consider.

1. Prevent Dementia
Puzzles in general are great for keeping your brain sharp as you age. The Alzheimer’s Association recommends picking up the crossword habit to help stave off dementia.

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