puzzle

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puzzle

a toy, game, or question presenting a problem that requires skill or ingenuity for its solution
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Shortz, a graduate of Indiana University, where he took a degree in enigmatology, literally the study of riddles, runs the competition with professional understatement: he has been here before, but he knows what roils just below the surface.
Pic kicks off with a concise and frequently hilarious portrait of Shortz, a lifelong puzzleholic who went so far as to create his own major, "enigmatology," at Indiana U.
He is the only person in the world to hold a degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned from Indiana University in 1974.