“A Morning with the Puzzle Master”
• Crossword Editor of the New York Times
• Puzzle Master for NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday
• Subject of the Award-Winning Documentary Film Wordplay
After selling his first puzzle professionally when he was just fourteen years old, Will Shortz went on to be the author and editor of more than 500 puzzle books. He even designed his own degree program at Indiana University for a one-of-a-kind degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles. Shortz particularly enjoys his position at the Times because he believes the publication garners the most intelligent and educated puzzle solvers in the country. Shortz will share how crosswords are created, their curious history and how his lifelong passion for puzzles got ignited.
The Tulsa City-County Library suggests the following titles as complimentary reading selections for this season’s speakers. All titles are available at the library.
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For additional insight into the world of crossword puzzles try the following documentary and books.
Wordplay (2006). This fascinating documentary film explores the world of the New York Times Crossword Puzzle, its editor Will Shortz, and its devoted fans, including politicians and celebrities. Also included is nail-biting coverage of the annual crossword competition in Stamford, Connecticut.
From Square One: A Meditation, with Digressions, on Crosswords by Dean Olsher (2009). Explores the history and enduring popularity of crossword puzzles, evaluating a cultural possibility that society’s fascination with puzzles reflects a metaphorical drive to fill psychological gaps (NoveList).
Crossworld: One Man’s Journey into America’s Crossword Obsession by Marc Romano (2005). Chronicling his own journey into the world of puzzling—even providing tips on how to improve crosswording skills—Romano tells the story of crosswords and word puzzles themselves, and of the colorful people who make them, solve them, and occasionally become consumed by them (Syndetic Solutions).