With the close of the Revolutionary War in 1783, both American literature and American puzzledom experienced tremendous growth. Scores of new magazines and newspapers were started, and people began to show more interest in puzzles and all of the arts.
Shortz, William F.
"Early American Word Puzzles (Part 2),"
Word Ways: Vol. 7
, Article 12.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol7/iss4/12