Will Shortz: puzzles "burnish your brain"

Filmed in Louisville during the festival, the latest IdeaFestival Conversation features New York Times crossword editor, puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and accredited enigmatologist, Will Shortz, on what makes puzzles valuable. They burnish the brain. To be a good puzzler you just have to make a lot of connections.

Check out some live blog accounts here and here of his presentation and puzzles in September.

"IF Conversations" are brief videos featuring many of the people who have participated in the IdeaFestival. They may also be found on IF's YouTube Channel.