“Will Shortz & the Puzzling Sport of Crosswords” (HBO Real Sports)

crossword puzzle with pen and white-out pen for corrections

In episode 4.2, we talked to Deb Amlen, head writer and senior editor of The New York Times’ crossword column, “Wordplay,” about all things puzzles.

Those who know The New York Times crossword won’t be surprised to know that at several points during our conversation, the name “Will Shortz” came up. The longtime editor of The Times crossword, Shortz is almost synonymous with puzzling.

This video from 2018—from a slightly more famous show than ours, HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel—takes you inside his work at the paper as well as the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.