Today is the birthday of Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times puzzle page, and NPR's Puzzlemaster. When asked why people are so drawn to puzzles, Shortz said,
"We're faced with puzzles every day in life. What's the fastest way to run some errands? What's the lowest price we can get on home repair? Most problems we're faced with, we just do the best we can — we muddle through. We never know if it's the best solution or not. With a human-made puzzle, when you answer the challenge, you know you have a perfect solution. It's satisfying."