Will Shortz

Will Shortz (born August 26, 1952) is an American puzzle creator and editor.

Early life

Will Shortz was born and raised on an Arabian horse farm in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Graduating from Indiana University in 1974 [cite web|url=http://newsinfo.iu.edu/news/page/normal/7726.html|title=Puzzlemaster Will Shortz to present IU's 2008 commencement address|date=2008-04-01] , he is the only person known to hold a college degree in enigmatology, [cite web|url=http://newsinfo.iu.edu/OCM/releases/shortz.htm|publisher=Indiana University|title="New York Times" crossword editor to give "puzzling" lecture at IU|date=2000-03-29] the study of puzzles, after designing his own degree program. He also earned a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law, though he skipped the bar exam and began a career in puzzles instead.


Shortz began his career at "Penny Press Magazines", then moved to "Games Magazine" for 15 years, and was editor from 1989-1993. He has been the crossword puzzle editor for "The New York Times" since 1993 (the fourth in the paper's history, following Eugene T. Maleska) 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 is a director of the U.S. Puzzle Team.

Shortz is the author or editor of more than 100 books and owns over 20,000 puzzle books and magazines dating back to 1545, reportedly the world's largest private library on the subject. Shortz is a member of the National Puzzlers' League. He is currently the league historian.

Shortz provided the puzzle clues The Riddler (Jim Carey) leaves for Batman (Val Kilmer) in the film "Batman Forever".

On his 50th birthday, Shortz received a personal note from former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who is a fan of the "The New York Times" crossword puzzle.

He says that his favorite crossword of all time is the Election Day crossword of November 5, 1996, designed by Jeremiah Farrell. It had two correct solutions with the same set of clues, one saying that the "Lead story in tomorrow's newspaper (!)" would be "BOB DOLE ELECTED", and the other correct solution saying "CLINTON ELECTED". [BarelyBad.com: [http://barelybad.com/xwdthemes_110596.htm " Theme Answers — Election Day 1996."] Retrieved April 22, 2007.] [American Crossword Puzzle Tournament: [http://www.crosswordtournament.com/articles/cnn032702.htm "Business Unusual: Will Shortz."] Retrieved April 22, 2007.]

Shortz currently resides in Pleasantville, New York, where he works from home.


The 2006 documentary "Wordplay" by Patrick Creadon focuses on Shortz and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Various famous fans of his puzzles such as Bill Clinton, Ken Burns, Jon Stewart, The Indigo Girls and Mike Mussina appear in the film.

Shortz has been a guest on a number of TV shows, including "Martha Stewart Living", "Oprah" ["The Oprah Winfrey Show": [http://www.oprah.com/tows/slide/200702/20070201/slide_20070201_350_105.jhtml "How'd They Do That?"] Retrieved April 22, 2007.] , "The Daily Show" and "The Colbert Report".


External links

* [http://www.crosswordtournament.com/articles/ct0398.htm A Puzzling Occupation] from the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
* [http://www.npr.org/programs/wesun/puzzle/will.html About Will Shortz] from NPR
* [http://www.bookologist.com/cab/abu/y203/m09/bk0012/s02 Bookologist Interviews Will Shortz About Crossword Puzzle Collecting]
* [http://www.crosswordtournament.com/ American Crossword Puzzle Tournament]
* [http://www.nytimes.com/pages/crosswords/index.html New York Times crosswords] some sample puzzles and crossword forums are free; access to the daily puzzle requires a paid subscription
* [ [http://www.abdpbt.com/?page_id=109 Abdpbt.com Free, Fully Licensed New York Times crosswords] Syndicated through the NY Times Syndicate, puzzles run about six weeks behind the printed edition, play online or print
* [http://newsinfo.iu.edu/OCM/releases/shortz.htm "New York Times" crossword editor to give "puzzling" lecture at IU]
* [http://lists.topica.com/lists/nprpuzzle@igc.topica.com/read Synopses of Will Shortz puzzle segments on Weekend Edition Sunday]
* [http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/11.11/start.html?pg=20 The Puzzle Master] - "Wired" magazine interview
* [http://www.wordplaythemovie.com/ Official site for "Wordplay The Movie"]
* [http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/wordplay/ WORDPLAY] site for Independent Lens on PBS
*imdb title|id=0492506|title=Wordplay The Movie

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