Will Shortz: World’s only Enigmatology degree-holder

Will Shortz, New York Times crossword puzzle editor and world's only Enigmatology degree-holder

New York Times crossword puzzle editor, Will Shortz, is the only person in the world to have a degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles. Shortz achieved this one-of-a-kind degree by designing his own curriculum through Indiana University’s Individualized Major Program (1974). He started making puzzles when he was 8 and sold his first one professionally at 14. He owns over 20,000 puzzle books and magazines dating back to 1545, reportedly the world’s largest private library on the subject. He’s also the founder of the World Puzzle Championship and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

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