The editor of The New York Times' daily crossword, Shortz is the man responsible for frustrating millions of people around the globe every day.
Already a well-established puzzle fanatic as a student at Indiana University, Shortz remains the only person in the school's history to have majored in enigmatology. Shortz later headed to law school before yielding to his puzzle zealotry and dropping out, accepting a $10,000-a-year position at Games Magazine in 1978. He was named editor in 1989 and stayed at Games until 1993, when he left for the NYT, where he has remained ever since.
Shortz's puzzle obsession doesn't end with his work for the Times: he is the author and editor of over 100 crossword books, and is the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, as well as the World Puzzle Championship. He also escapes the puzzle world periodically by appearing on TV shows like The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Martha Stewart Living, and Oprah. He is also an avid table tennis player: in 2011 he opened one of the largest table tennis clubs in the Northeast. [Image via Getty]