Will Shortz Will Shortz has been the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987.
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Will Shortz
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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: Move Around To Find New Meaning

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Sunday Puzzle: It Doesn't Take A Know-It-All To Play This Game

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Sunday Puzzle: Read Into It

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Sunday Puzzle: Double Down

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Sunday Puzzle: Capital Letters

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Sunday Puzzle: Put These Stars On The Map

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Sunday Puzzle: What's In A Name?

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Sunday Puzzle: Three Words. Two Homophones. One Conjunction.

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Sunday Puzzle: Pour Yourself A Drink If You Can Name Them

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Sunday Puzzle: Holy Moly, It's Another Familiar Phrase

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Sunday Puzzle: Categorically Speaking

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Sunday Puzzle: Identify The Anagrams For These Familiar Phrases

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