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Will Shortz
Donald Christensen/Courtesy American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Will Shortz

Puzzlemaster, Weekend Edition Sunday

NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz has appeared on Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978).

Will sold his first puzzle professionally when he was 14 — to Venture, a denominational youth magazine. At 16 he became a regular contributor to Dell puzzle publications. He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974.

Born in 1952 and raised on an Arabian horse farm in Indiana, Will now lives near New York City in a Tudor-style house filled with books and Arts and Crafts furniture. When he's not at work, he enjoys bicycling, movies, reading, travel, and collecting antique puzzle books and magazines.

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Sunday Puzzle: Follow My Lead

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Sunday Puzzle: A Multisyllabic Flip-Flop

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Sunday Puzzle: Hopefully, You Paid Attention In Anatomy Class

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Sunday Puzzle: BBC, Do You Know What It Stands For?

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Sunday Puzzle: All Answers Have Alliterations That Are Absolutely Necessary

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Sunday Puzzle: Math Is Necessary To Solve This One, But Don't Get Fancy

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Sunday Puzzle: From Canton To Scranton, You Need To Know Your U.S. Cities

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Test Your Knowledge With The Sunday Puzzle

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Name Your Favorite Weekend Tradition In Two Words: Sunday Puzzle

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Sunday Puzzle: Anyway, It's Drew Carey's Line This Time

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Sunday Puzzle: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls, Please Stick To The Best Songs To 'Solve'

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Sunday Puzzle: Easy, Brie-zy And A Little Bit Cheesy

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