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New York Times crossword puzzle editor Will Shortz plans to donate his collection of more than 20,000 puzzle books and magazines to Indiana University.

Shortz told the Indianapolis Star that he discussed the bequest with Indiana University library officials last spring, when he was in Bloomington to give the school’s commencement address.
Will Shortz collection includes the first American crossword puzzle, printed in the now-defunct New York World in 1913. His oldest book is from 1543.

Will Shortz graduated from Indiana University in 1974, using the school’s Individualized Major Program to earn a degree in what he calls “enigmatology”, or the creation of puzzles. Will Shortz has written or edited more than 200 puzzle books [via courant.com].

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