Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times since 1993, is the
only academically accredited enigmatologist in the world, having
earned a degree (following a major program he designed himself) in
enigmatology from Indiana University in 1974. Mr. Shortz also
received a law degree from the University of Virginia. After
graduating, he skipped the bar exam and began a career in
In 1978 Mr. Shortz founded, and remains director of, the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, held annually. He also founded the World Puzzle Championship in 1992 and serves as captain of the U.S. team. Before joining The Times, Mr. Shortz spent 15 years as editor of Games magazine, a bimonthly devoted to puzzles and games of many kinds.
Currently, in addition to editing the weekday and Sunday crossword puzzles for The New York Times, he serves as Puzzlemaster for Weekend Edition Sunday on National Public Radio.