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- noun The science of enigmas and their solution.
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- noun the study of
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Puzzle master Will Shortz earned a degree in enigmatology the study of puzzles from Indiana University in 1974.
I just discovered that he grew up in Indiana on an Arabian horse farm and designed his own college degree program in enigmatology (the study of puzzles).
When Mr. Shortz, who sold his first puzzle at 14 and received a degree in enigmatology (read: games) from the University of Indiana, took over the Times crossword, he broadened the subjects and added popular culture, which is why the Simpsons keep showing up as clues.