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Will Shortz
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    (August 26, 1952- )
    Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana
    Crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times (1993- )
    Author or editor of over 100 books of puzzles
    Featured in the documentary 'Wordplay' (2006)
    He was allowed to create his own major in college, becoming the first (and probably only) person to receive a degree in enigmatology (the study of puzzles).
    He earned a law degree but skipped taking the bar exam.
    He wrote the Riddler's riddles in 'Batman Forever.'
    He created a customized crossword thatJon Stewart used to propose to his wife.
    Fans of his crosswords include Ken Burns, Mike Mussina and Bill Clinton.
    He coached the US team to three titles in the World Puzzle Championship (1995,96,98).
    He said, 'The perfect puzzle is one that stretches you to the limit, the one that you look at and think 'I can't do this,' but then you do and that's what gives you the great feeling of satisfaction.'

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