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It was Arthur Wynne from Liverpool who is credited with inventing the crossword. His word puzzle appeared in a Sunday newspaper called the New York World in 1913. More than a century later, this genre of puzzle is as strong as ever, appearing in magazines and newspapers all over the world.

In the tradition of a British-style crossword puzzle with its distinctive grid, the Academy of English publishes regular crosswords through the year. Why not have a try at this crossword about the Victorian author, Charles Dickens. The crossword has been designed for young and old; and there should be something for all the family in the crossword.

Complete answers can be submitted to the Academy of English by Monday 1st May 2017. All correct answers will go into a hat and three will be drawn out on Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

Good luck!