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The Art of Puzzles

My name is Thomas Snyder and I spent my entire childhood growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, NY, which means I've developed a thick skin after surviving numerous blizzards, multiple Super Bowl defeats, an obvious forward lateral, and a clear crease violation in triple overtime.

I studied Chemistry and Economics at Caltech, receiving my B.S. with honors in 2002. I earned my Ph.D. in Chemistry at Harvard University under Prof. David Liu in 2007 and then did post-doctoral research at Stanford University in bioengineering. I aim in my scientific career to develop new technologies for studying chemistry and biology and hope to contribute to the transformation of medicine from treating disease to preventing its occurrence.

I have won the US (2007) and World (2007, 2008, 2011) Sudoku Championships and am a 6-time US Puzzle Champion (2006-10, 2012). It is rare to find me too far from a puzzle I am either writing or solving. I strive to make an artistic statement with my puzzles, proving that hand-crafted logic puzzles are better than soulless computer-generated ones. I've written several books of puzzles including Battleship Sudoku, Mutant Sudoku, and Sudoku Masterpieces, all books of sudoku variations (two co-written with Wei-Hwa Huang), TomTom Puzzles, my personal take on calcu-doku puzzles, and The Art of Sudoku, my first self-published book with just classic sudoku puzzles. Additional puzzle projects and books are in the works, and news about them will be in the blog.

In my limited free time, I enjoy long-distance running, hiking, playing poker, and following my favorite sports teams.


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