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An Evening with the Puzzle Master

NPR’s Will Shortz will deliver a lively, interactive presentation Sept. 12

July 23, 2013

What: "An Evening with the Puzzle Master," Will Short
When: Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, 7 p.m.
Where: Ted Mann Concert Hall, 2128 4th St. S., Minneapolis
Tickets: $30 for the general public; $25 for Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries; $5 for University of Minnesota students. Buy tickets online at
Books: Book sales and author signing following the program

Puzzle master Will Shortz will discuss his favorite crosswords, how crosswords are created, the history of crosswords, and his lifelong passion for puzzles in general on Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus.

In "An Evening with the Puzzle Master," Shortz will also answer questions about puzzles and conduct audience-participation word games in an informative, fun, and brain-stimulating program. The event is sponsored by the Friends of the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Shortz has been the puzzle master for National Public Radio's "Weekend Edition Sunday" since 1987. He’s also been the crossword editor of The New York Times since 1993. In fact, Shortz is the world’s only academically accredited puzzle master. He designed his own major program at Indiana University, which in 1974 led to his one-of-a-kind degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles.

Shortz has been editor of Games magazine for 15 years, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, which has been held annually since 1978. He also founded the World Puzzle Championship in 1992, and he co-founded the World Puzzle Federation in 1999. Shortz also wrote the riddles for the film "Batman Forever" and has guest-starred in episodes of "The Simpsons" and "How I Met Your Mother," in each case playing himself. He was also the subject of the 2006 award-winning documentary film "Wordplay."

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