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NPR Sunday Puzzles

Performance - Spoken Word
Nonfiction: Public Radio / Games / Puzzles
Unabridged   1 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/01/2009

NPR Sunday Puzzles

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Audio CD ISBN:9781598878936
Digital Download ISBN:9781598879018


Each week, New York Times crossword puzzle editor and NPR's Puzzlemaster Will Shortz presents an on-air quiz to the lucky winner of the previous week’s listener challenge. Now the best, most entertaining segments are gathered on a single collection for you to play along on your commute, in your home, or wherever you want to stretch your mind.

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Product Description

Portable, enjoyable hands-free puzzles from longtime NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz and special guests.

Will Shortz believes that “we’re living in the golden age of puzzles now . . . puzzles have never been better.” He should know. Shortz has been crossword editor of The New York Times since 1993 and NPR puzzlemaster even longer, challenging Weekend Edition Sunday listeners with on-air puzzles since the program’s start in 1987.

This collection features Shortz and NPR host Liane Hansen in stimulating conversation, guiding listeners through puzzles filled with creative wordplay. Programs include the one before Shortz’s appearance on The Simpsons (with prizes announced by Mr. Burns and Smithers, voiced by Harry Shearer), Hansen’s birthday show (her children read the list of prizes), and two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks as a mystery guest who sticks around to help the delighted contestant.


“Recommended for those who enjoy stretching their minds a bit, shouting out at the radio, and just having a good laugh.”
      —Library Journal

“As puzzle facilitators, Shortz and Hansen are pros. They read and play puzzles with intelligence and charm . . . The puzzles don’t get old, even on a second (or third) listening.”

Author Bio

WILL SHORTZ has been the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987. He's also the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, and the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978). He is the only person in the world to hold a college degree in Enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974. He lives near New York City.