Will Shortz - New York Times crossword maestro

From Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan, 3:09 pm on 1 June 2016

"Puzzles are an avocation, they are not a vocation" – that's the advice Will Shortz got from his father. All over the world crossword puzzle enthusiasts are grateful Shortz did not take his advice.

Will Shortz

Will Shortz Photo: Don Christensen

Shortz has been the editor of the crosswords in the New York Times – the gold standard in newspaper crosswords – since 1993. He is a true 14-letter word starting with 'C' and ending with 'T'...

Jesse Mulligan asks him about his passion for puzzles, tips for solving them and the future of crosswords.

Will Shortz says anyone keen on trying to create crosswords should check out Cruciverb.

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