The effects of experience and disuse on crossword solving Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Breast Neoplasms


  • © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. At the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, participants filled out a questionnaire about their experience with crossword solving and related activities for every year since they began solving crossword puzzles. This study focused on the role of crossword-solving disruptions in influencing objective performance at the tournament. The number of breaks (a period of at least a year without crossword solving) predicted decreases in current performance, and the more time since the last break predicted increased performance. The effects of different types of experience on crossword performance are discussed with respect to their influence on performance, such as regular leisure engagement in crossword solving and more focused efforts to improve particular aspects of performance.

publication date

  • January 2015



  • Academic Article


Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/acp.3075

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 73

end page

  • 80


  • 29


  • 1