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Emigmatologist Will Short Presents "The Art Of The Puzzle" At IU
Updated October 29, 2015 10:29 AM | Filed under: Event
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(BLOOMINGTON) - Crossword and puzzle expert and Indiana University Bloomington alumnus Will Shortz will return to campus next week for two public appearances in a visit organized by the Office of the Provost, the IU Lilly Library and the Indiana Memorial Union Board.

Shortz will present "The Art of the Puzzle" at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at the Whittenberger Auditorium in the Indiana Memorial Union. The event will include a talk by Shortz on the strategy of puzzle making, followed by a question-and-answer session and word-puzzle competition with audience participation.

He will give a public lecture titled "Sam Loyd: Puzzle King" at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at the Lilly Library. Sam Loyd, 1841-1911, was an American chess player, puzzle-maker and recreational mathematician who was widely acknowledged as one of America's great puzzle-writers and popularizers.

Both events are free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

A native of Crawfordsville, Ind., Shortz graduated from the IU College of Arts and Sciences' Individualized Major Program in 1974 and is the holder of the world's only college degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles.

He has been puzzle master for NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" since 1987 and crossword editor of The New York Times since 1993. He is founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, held each year since 1978. He founded the World Puzzle Championship in 1992 and co-founded the World Puzzle Federation in 1999.

At The New York Times, he is credited with adding constructor bylines to crossword puzzles, making the puzzles harder each day of the week, and broadening cultural references to include movies, television and rock music.

Also an avid table tennis player, Shortz wrote the riddles for the film "Batman Forever" and guest-starred in episodes of "The Simpsons" and "How I Met Your Mother," playing himself. He was also the subject of the 2006 award-winning documentary film "Wordplay."

Shortz received the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007, was the IU Bloomington spring commencement speaker in 2008 and received the IU Distinguished Alumni Service Award, the university's highest honor for an alumnus or alumna, in 2014.

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