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Will Shortz


by Serhiy Grabarchuk

Will Shortz

Will Shortz
Will Shortz is the crossword editor of The New York Times and the former editor of the famous Games magazine. Also, Will Shortz is the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987.

Each week, Will Shortz presents an
on-air challenge to one contestant and gives a challenge for listeners at home. Just play that Puzzle, and those listeners who submit correct answers win a chance to test their wits on the air with Will Shortz.
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

Puzzle Tournaments

In 1978 Will Shortz founded the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and he is its director for all those decades. It is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allow solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.

In 1992 Will Shortz founded another puzzle competition--this time it was an international puzzle event, the
World Puzzle Championship (WPC). The first WPC was held in 1992 in New York, and since then it has been each year hosted by different countries all over the World.


Will Shortz is a prolific crossword puzzle creator, and an erudite puzzle expert with phenomenal knowledge of all those different puzzles in their infinite types. He is the only person in the World who hold a college degree in Enigmatology, which is the study of puzzles.

I remember the
Cake Cutting puzzle published by Ed Pegg Jr. in his MathPuzzle.com website on January 2, 2007. Will Shortz gave it a high appraisal. Just give it a try and you will see how beautiful and challenging puzzles could be.

Will Shortz is one of the prominent members of
The National Puzzlers' League (NPL). The League is mainly connected with word puzzles and is considered to be the World's oldest puzzlers' organization, holding conventions since 1883. The NPL publishes a monthly magazine called The Enigma.
Will Shortz in the Mosaic Puzzle by Ken Knowlton and Frank Longo.

Will Shortz in the Mosaic Puzzle by Ken Knowlton and Frank Longo.

Mosaic Puzzle

This puzzle, presented at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament website, is a big puzzle masterpiece which combines a portrait of Will Shortz and a real crossword. The portrait is created by Ken Knowlton, a noted computer artist, and it is performed as a big pattern of black and white pixels. The crossword (words and clues) is constructed by Frank Longo, one of America's leading crossword composers. You can print this gigantic portrait-crossword and have an incomparable fun solving it.
Wordplay movie (2006) featuring Will Shortz.

Wordplay movie (2006) featuring Will Shortz.


Will Shortz was featured in a documentary film, Wordplay (2006), which presents many famous crossword puzzle creators, solvers, and devoted celebrities. Also, he has appeared in many popular TV series.

Will Shortz owns an extensive puzzle library counting over 20,000 puzzle books, magazines, and newspapers dating back to the 16th century!! Undoubtedly, it's the biggest private puzzle library in the World.
Some years ago, The San Francisco Cronicle published a nice
article by Jay Dixit about Will Shortz. The article gives a bright and wide picture why Will Shortz is called the Crossword King.
To be continued.
Last Updated: February 28, 2012
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