The Arts

Solving Things
“Human guinea pig”

By Leslie Weeden / November–December 2023
November 8th, 2023
Image of A.J. Jacobs and his son working on a puzzle
Jacobs and his son Zane at the 2019 World Jigsaw Puzzle Championship in Spain.PHOTO: JULIE JACOBS

A.J. Jacobs ’90 has immersed himself in various worlds for the bestselling books he writes, including The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible. In his most recent book, The Puzzler: One Man’s Quest to Solve the Most Baffling Puzzles Ever, from Crosswords to Jigsaws to the Meaning of Life, he attempts to discover why people love puzzles, their effect on our brains, and how they connect us. That book inspired a new daily podcast, The Puzzler, launching this fall with iHeartMedia. With puzzle creator Greg Pliska, Jacobs will challenge celebrity guests and others to solve original brain-teasers. “I truly believe that puzzles and games unite us,” Jacobs was quoted as saying in the Hollywood Reporter. “There’s a huge community of puzzle-lovers out there, and I’m excited to entertain and befuddle them on a daily basis via audio.”

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