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One of the Ancient-est Crossword Puzzles Ever

Thursday May 05, 2011 12:00AM
I may be a major geek in today's society, but my puzzle tendencies grow out of a long tradition. Even the ancient Romans liked a good crossword puzzle: The Sator Square, first found in the remains from Pompeii, is a four-times palindrome built into itself with the words interlocking. When anagrammed in a certain way, it can be unraveled to form a cross shape with the word "paternoster" running both top to bottom and left to right, intersecting in the middle. There’s an A and an O on each side of the cross, symbolizing alpha and omega, or the beginning and the end.

TMT is so awesome that it may feel like a religion, but the Sator Square actually held Christian connotations for the Romans, and it sometimes even took on magical and folk uses over time.

Sure, I'd also like my place in the pantheon, but I am, sadly, a mere mortal.

I’m tempted to throw a Pompeii joke in here. Too soon?

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