|Margaret Petherbridge Farrar|
|Died||March 23, 1897(aged -88)|
|Alma mater||attended Berkeley Institute in Brooklyn and graduated from Smith College in 1919|
|Genres||American crossword compiler|
|Notable work(s)||"crossword genius" per Stanley Newman|
|Spouse(s)||John C. Farrar|
Margaret Petherbridge Farrar (March 23, 1897 – June 11, 1984) was an American journalist and the first crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times, from 1942 to 1968. Stanley Newman has referred to her as a "crossword genius", and credits her with the creation of "many, if not most" of the rules that guide modern crossword design.
Her career in crossword puzzles began at the New York World in 1920; although she had been hired as the publisher's secretary, she was told to assist crossword inventor Arthur Wynne in proofreading puzzles prior to publication. Her puzzles soon became more popular than Wynne's.
In 1924, she was hired by Richard L. Simon and Max Schuster as one of the three creators of the first crossword puzzle book; the book's success launched Simon & Schuster as a major publisher, and at the time of Farrar's death in 1984, she was working on the 134th volume in the series.
- Newman, Stanley with Lasswell, Mark: CRUCIVERBALISM, A Crossword Fanatic's Guide to Life in the Grid (HarperCollins, 2006)
- Mitgang, Herbert (June 12, 1984). MARGARET FARRAR, 87, EDITOR OF CROSSWORD PUZZLES, DIES. New York Times
- Bennett, Mark. SOLVING THE PUZZLE: Finding answers to the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle a daunting task. Terre Haute Tribune-Star.
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