Will Shortz, New York Times crossword editor and NPR 'Puzzlemaster,' recovering from stroke

Trending 1 month ago

Will Shortz, nan longtime crossword puzzle editor of the New York Times and NPR’s “puzzlemaster” for much than 3 decades, suffered a changeable past period and has spent nan past respective weeks rehabilitating.

Shortz revealed nan wounded successful a recorded connection aired connected on NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” connected March 3. He has been absent from nan show successful caller weeks, and astatine nan end today’s puzzle segment, “Weekend Edition Sunday” big Ayesha Rascoe shared an audio clip from Shortz to fto fans cognize nan situation.

“Hey guys, this is Will Shortz. Sorry I’ve been retired nan past fewer weeks. I had a changeable connected Feb. 4 and person been successful rehabilitation since then. but I americium making progress,” Shortz said successful nan connection (hear it at this link, astatine nan 6:20 mark). “I’m looking guardant to being backmost pinch caller puzzles soon.”

Following Shortz’s message, Rascoe said, “We present astatine ‘Weekend Edition,’ we emotion Will, and I cognize that everybody astatine location does, too. And we are rooting for him, and we are truthful hopeful and cognize that he will consciousness amended soon.”

Shortz, 71, has appeared connected NPR’s “Weekend Edition Sunday” since nan program’s debut successful 1987. He has served arsenic crossword editor of nan Times since 1993 — only nan 4th personification to clasp nan title successful nan paper’s history. Shortz besides is nan erstwhile editor of Games mag and founded and has served arsenic head of nan American Crossword Puzzle Tournament since 1978 (a attraction of the 2006 documentary “Wordplay”).

The Indiana autochthonal sold his first puzzle erstwhile he was conscionable 14 and astatine 16 became a regular contributor to Dell puzzle publications. He is said to beryllium nan only personification successful nan world to clasp a assemblage grade successful “enigmatology,” nan study of puzzles, a awesome he designed himself and earned from Indiana University successful 1974.