Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Michael S. Maurer Crossword Puzzle

Maurer_announce_20081204_261Apropos of not much at all, I noticed when printing my New York Times crossword puzzle this morning that its constructor was the same Michael S. Maurer who is the named benefactor of Bill Henderson's school.

I knew Mickey Maurer when I was in Indianapolis and he ran the Indiana Economic Development office.  Stand up guy.  He told me that he wasn't very good at doing crosswords, even though he was a regular contributor to the New York Times.

N.B.:  Will Shortz is also an Indiana U. grad.  I don't know if that's a coincidence.

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Isn't Indiana University also one of the few schools in the country that has a Bachelor's Degree in Puzzlemaking? I cannot remember the exact name of the degree, but it was a customized degree back in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Posted by: Cara Schaefer Wieneke | Nov 26, 2014 12:04:31 PM

Cara, I believe the story is that Will Shortz designed his own major in something like Puzzle-ology.

Posted by: Jeff Lipshaw | Nov 26, 2014 12:44:10 PM

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