WONDERWORD first entered syndication in Edmonton and Montreal in 1970. Universal Press Syndicate (now Andrews McMeel Universal) of Kansas City assumed syndication rights in 1980. It appears in 2 formats: A 15 x 15 grid Monday through Saturday and 20 x 20 for Sunday editions. For space reasons, some Sunday newspapers carry a 15 x 15 version under the name of TELEWORD.
WONDERWORD was created by Canadian author Jo Ouellet, and starting in 1980, David Ouellet started helping his mother in the creation of the puzzles. By 1984 David was creating the majority of WONDERWORDs, and his name appeared as co-author in 1994. After Jo Ouellet's untimely passing in 1997, David continued the feature.
In all formats, it appears in some 250 newspapers around the world.
It is estimated that some 2,000,000 people of all ages enjoy solving WONDERWORD puzzles every day.