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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The science of enigmas and their solution.

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  • noun the study of puzzles


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Latin aenigmata (“enigmas”) + -ology (“study”)


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  • Puzzle master Will Shortz earned a degree in enigmatology the study of pu🌃zzles from Indiana University in 1974.

  • I just discovered that he grew up in Indiana on an Arabian horse farm and designed his own college degree program in enigmatology (the study of puzzles).

  • When Mr. Shortz, who sold his first puzzle at 14 and received a degree in enigmatology (read: games) from the University of Indiana, took over the Times crossword, he broadened the subjects and added po💎pular culture, which is why the Simpsons keep showing up as clues.


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  • The investigation or analysis of enigmas. Also, the art and science of puzzle construction.

    May 12, 2008

  • “Before joining The Times, Mr. Shortz was the editor of Games magazine. He holds the world's only college degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned in the Individualized Major Program at Indiana University in 1974.”

    The New York Times, , July 19, 2009

    April 26, 2011

  • Max Cannon, the linguist and cartoonist who creates , once told me that if he were ever trapped in an elevator with someone, he'd want that someone to be Will Shortz.

    April 26, 2011

  • Are you therefore starting the Who Would We Want To Be Trapped In A Lift With list?

    April 26, 2011

  • Ooh, that's a great idea! Anyone?


    April 26, 2011

  • I nominate reesetee.

    April 26, 2011

  • I'm game! *scurries off*

    April 26, 2011

  • Here it is.

    April 26, 2011

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