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Encyclopedia > Will Shortz

Will Shortz (b. August 26, 1952, Crawfordsville, Indiana) is a U.S. puzzle maker and editor. He worked at Games Magazine for 15 years, and was editor from 1989-1993. He is the crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times since 1993 (the fourth in the paper's history) and the puzzle master on NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He is also the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament since 1978. He founded the World Puzzle Championship in 1992 and remains captain of the U.S. team. August 26 is the 238th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (239th in leap years). ... 1952 was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Crawfordsville is a city located in Montgomery County, Indiana. ... Wikiquote has a collection of quotations by or about: United States Wikinews has a related story: United States United States government CIA World Factbook Entry for United States House. ... A puzzle is a problem or enigma presented as entertainment; that is written down, acted out, etc. ... GAMES Magazine is a United States-based magazine devoted to games and puzzles, and is published by GAMES Publications, a division of Kappa Publishing Group. ... 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... The crossword is the most common variety of word puzzle in the world. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... 1993 is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... 1987 is a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is an annual crossword-solving tournament held every March in Stamford, Connecticut. ... 1978 was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1978 calendar). ... The World Puzzle Championship is an annual international puzzle competition run by the World Puzzle Federation. ... 1992 is a leap year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Shortz is the author or editor of more than 100 books, and as of 2003, he owns approximately 20,000 puzzle books and magazines dating back to 1545, reportedly the world's largest library on the subject. He is currently the historian of the National Puzzlers' League, where he goes by the nom de plume of WILLz (a rebus on his name: WILL + short Z). The National Puzzlers League (NPL) is a nonprofit organization focused on puzzling, primarily in the realm of word play and word games. ... A pen name or nom de plume is a pseudonym adopted by an author. ...


Shortz is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University Bloomington in 1974 after designing his own major program. He also earned a law degree from the University of Virginia, though he skipped the bar exam and began a career in puzzles instead. Indiana University Bloomington is the principal campus of the Indiana University system. ... 1974 is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... The University of Virginia (also referred to as UVa and often called simply Virginia for short) is a research university in Charlottesville, Virginia. ... A bar association is a body of lawyers who, in some jurisdictions, are responsible for the regulation of the legal profession. ...


He was born and raised on an Arabian horse farm in Indiana. On his 50th birthday, Shortz received a personal note from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is a fan of the New York Times crossword puzzle. State nickname: The Hoosier State Other U.S. States Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Governor Mitch Daniels (R) Official languages English Area 94,321 km² (38th)  - Land 92,897 km²  - Water 1,424 km² (1. ... Seal of the President of the United States The President of the United States is the head of state of the United States. ... Order: 42nd President Vice President: Al Gore Term of office: January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001 Preceded by: George H. W. Bush Succeeded by: George W. Bush Date of birth: August 19, 1946 Place of birth: Hope, Arkansas First Lady: Hillary Rodham Clinton Political party: Democratic William Jefferson Clinton (born...


Shortz has been a guest on a number of TV shows, ranging from Martha Stewart Living to The Daily Show. Shortz lives in Pleasantville, New York. Martha Stewart Living is the name of a magazine and a television show featuring entertaining and home decorating guru Martha Stewart. ... The Daily Show (currently The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, also known as TDS to fans and staffers) is a half-hour satirical fake news program produced by and run on the Comedy Central cable television network in the United States. ... Pleasantville is a village located in Westchester County, New York. ...


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Will Shortz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (343 words)
Shortz is the author or editor of more than 100 books, and as of 2003, he owns approximately 20,000 puzzle books and magazines dating back to 1545, reportedly the world's largest library on the subject.
Shortz is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1974 after designing his own major program.
Shortz has been a guest on a number of TV shows, ranging from Martha Stewart Living to The Daily Show.
ACPT in the News: A Puzzling Occupation: Will Shortz -- Enigmatologist (657 words)
ACPT in the News: A Puzzling Occupation: Will Shortz -- Enigmatologist
Shortz made modest modifications to the crossword, "but nothing radical." Constructor bylines were added to the daily puzzles; previously the contributors had labored anonymously.
Shortz founded, and remains director of, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, which will be held next in Stamford, Conn., April 3-5.
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