What is a term or name for someone who is very adept at solving puzzles or situations that require though processing and logic.

I ran across this question, however this only deals with crossword puzzles. I'm looking for something that could be applied on a broader sense.


Enigmatologist is the word for the person you describe. The term was coined by Will Shortz, the former editor of Games magazine, which I read voraciously as a child. He's currently the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle. Mr. Shortz is apparently the only person in the history of the world to have a degree in Enigmatology (the University of Indiana, 1974).

  • And specifically, one who solves, or has any connection to crossword puzzles is a cruciverbalist. – Steven Littman Feb 14 '16 at 13:38

One who is analytical would be a good problem solver. And in this context might presumably be more apt to solving puzzles then others.


skilled in or habitually using analysis.


Solutionist has a wider meaning and may refer to someone who solves problem in a more general sense:

  • a problem-solver (Collins)


  • The belief that all difficulties have benign solutions, often of a technocratic nature.


  • In the Oxford Dictionary On-Line, solutionist is not given any entry at all. It is also underlined in red by my Internet-Explorer spell-checker. But solver is there in the dictionary and accepted by Microsoft, at least. I would call such a person a problem-solver. – WS2 Feb 13 '16 at 9:36
  • @WS2 - the term is present also in M-W, it is not a common one but still it is used. - " a very good listener and solutionist for whatever our needs were." books.google.it/… – user66974 Feb 13 '16 at 14:46
  • In my area of work (computer software) "solutioneering" is a term of mild derision meaning to suggest solutions to a problem without first fully understanding it. – Paul Johnson Feb 14 '16 at 10:52

A puzzler can either be a puzzle or somebody who solves puzzles.

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