Puzzle-Master Will Shortz on Table Tennis

Chris Higgins

I've been hearing Will Shortz on NPR for years, doing the Sunday puzzle. He's also, of course, crossword editor for the New York Times so I've been doing those puzzles for years as well. It was a surprise to me to learn that Shortz is not just a puzzle nerd, but also a table tennis (ahem, "ping-pong" to us nonprofessionals) nerd too. He's rather accomplished at it. Shortz and his friend and table tennis colleague Robert Roberts recently opened a table tennis club in Westchester. You can learn a bit more about Shortz, Roberts, and their table tennis obsession in this four-minute documentary:

Watch the full episode. See more Metrofocus.

Read a Q&A with Shortz for more on the project. If you're in the area, go check out the Westchester Table Tennis Center and get your table tennis on! (Open seven days a week!) Interestingly, that last page has Will Shortz's phone number on it. Don't see that every day.