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Everybody who enters into the Puzzle World from the beginning can see how smart, entertaining, colorful, many-dimensional, and dynamic this world is. Many different people who lived in the past or are our contemporaries created this world and continue to do so adding to it bright ideas, and paving new paths into unexplored before areas and dimensions. Here I would like to present most prominent puzzle folks.
 
Martin Gardner

Martin Gardner
(10/21/1914 -- 5/22/2010)
 
Martin Gardner
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Martin Gardner has passed away...

It's so sad news and irretrievable loss to the whole math-puzzle-magic community, to the World, and to everyone who knew Martin Gardner, his books, his mind, his philosophy, and his humor. He was a unique and phenomenal Popularizer of Science and Teacher who has taught how to love math and science. No one has a bigger influence on the Puzzle World history and achievements than Martin Gardner. Every true puzzle lover knows Martin Gardner first of all because of his excellent
puzzle books which make a fantastic modern library of Recreational Mathematics.

Good-bye Mr. Martin Gardner.
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Robert Abbott

Robert Abbott
 
Robert Abbott
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Robert Abbott is the World's leading creator and expert in mazes of all kinds. An incredible variety of his ideas can easily entangle your imagination and amuse your mind: Theseus and the Minotaur (also for the iPhone and iPod Touch now), Alice Mazes, Sliding Door Maze, Mazes with Things That Roll, The Bureaucratic Maze, and Dungeon Mazes, just to name a few...
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Larry D. Nichols

Larry D. Nichols
 
Larry D. Nichols
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Dr. Larry D. Nichols, a lifelong puzzle enthusiast and inventor, created many outstanding puzzles. Some of them are: the Nichols Cube Puzzle (U.S. patent 3,655,201), a 2 x 2 x 2 rotating cube invented seventeen years before Dr. Rubik’s cube; Leapin' Lizards, a "restricted route" puzzle; or Double Play, a new sliding block puzzle...
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Terry Stickels

Terry Stickels
 
Terry Stickels
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Terry Stickels is an extraordinaire author of creative and fun challenges which improve solvers' mental flexibility and solving skills. His most famous puzzle columns, Frame Games and Stickelers, are widely syndicated in the largest newspapers of the US and Canada, and are read by over hundred million people in hundreds of newspapers weekly...
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Boris Kordemsky

Boris Kordemsky
 
Boris Kordemsky
by Will Shortz and Serhiy Grabarchuk
Boris Kordemsky (1907-1999), a Russian teacher and popularizer of recreational mathematics, is probably the best-selling author of nonword puzzle books in the history of the world. By exciting millions of people in mathematical problems over five decades, he influenced generations of solvers both at home and abroad...
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Will Shortz

Will Shortz
 
Will Shortz
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Will Shortz is the crossword editor of The New York Times, the former editor of Games magazine, the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (since 1978), the founder of the World Puzzle Championship (1992), and the puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday since the program's start in 1987...
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Nob Yoshigahara

Nob Yoshigahara
 
Nob Yoshigahara
by Serhiy Grabarchuk
Every century has bright, creative, and smart people who are opening to the whole Puzzle World's community new horizons. A Japanese puzzle guru and genius, Nobuyuki Yoshigahara (1936-2004), or Nob as everybody used to call him, was one of such puzzle leaders...
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Posted: August 16, 2005
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