Number of newspaper obituaries since 2000 mentioning the deceased's love of crosswords:

397

Source: Nexis Research, 9/20/2006

 
   
  Year the first crossworld puzzle appeared in a newspaper:

1913
The puzzle appeared in the New York World.
Source: Boston Globe, 6/28/2005

 
   
  Number of Americans who regularly work on crossword puzzles:

60 million
According to Marc Romano in his book "Crossworld."
Source: Los Angeles Times, 6/19/2005