hist-games: Vedere Parola (word search) history?

Bruce Padget bapadget at yahoo.com
Fri Jan 12 13:08:12 PST 2007

Front Porch Classics' website claims that word search
games go back "centuries" to a game called "vedere
parola," in which players would look for words hidden
in a block of type.  

I can see such a game appearing very soon after the
introduction of movable type, but is there any
evidence that such games were actually played before
the 17th century?  

bapadget at yahoo.com

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