Will Shortz’s Wonderful World of Words
November 10 – 12, 2017
A wonderful weekend for all those who love language, puzzles, and games!
It’s a new “Words” weekend with another great line-up! The New York Times crossword editor and NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz is our host, along with composer and NPR quizzicist Greg Pliska, and some very special guests.
35 years ago “Words” weekend at Mohonk Mountain House was founded by the wonderful Gloria and Larry Rosenthal. In 2007, the torch was passed to Will Shortz, The New York Times crossword editor and NPR Puzzlemaster, who became our host and brings along a different set of special guest stars each year.
This program also features composer and NPR quizzicist Greg Pliska and his Mohonk Puzzle Treasure Hunt. Join the fun as we celebrate The Wonderful World of Words at Mohonk Mountain House!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: COMING SOON
Please check back for an updated schedule 3 months prior to the event.
Preview last year’s schedule:
Packet of Puzzles
When you sign in at the front desk, pick up your packet of Will Shortz word puzzles and contests. Answers/entries are due back at the front desk by midnight Saturday.
The Ancient Art of Handwriting
with Anne Trubek
Anne Trubek is the author of The History and Uncertain Future of Handwriting. She’ll take us on a PowerPoint tour of old writing technologies—cuneiform tablets, papyri, medieval scriptoria, and other lost writing systems. She’ll also discuss, in today’s digital age, the dying art of script and the endangered future of handwriting itself.
Cookies and Punch in the Lake Lounge
Followed by Scramble Scrabble
John Williams, former head of the National Scrabble Association, will help conduct it. Seven-member teams scramble to form words using giant tiles. The members of the team with the highest cumulative score after three rounds will each receive copies of New York Times crossword books from St. Martin’s Press.
Ten Things Most People Get Wrong About the Dictionary (#7 will amaze you!),
with Ammon Shea
Even among academics there is an enormous body of incorrect information and assumptions about dictionaries and the way they function. Ammon Shea, the author of the best-selling Reading the OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages, has a clickbait-style list of the top 10 dictionary misconceptions. (We can’t wait to hear #7!)
Mohonk Puzzle Treasure Hunt
A team game by Greg Pliska. Come with a four-person team made of friends or family, or form a team when you arrive. Solve a set of interconnected puzzles and follow the clues hidden throughout the Mountain House. Prizes will be given to the first team to finish the hunt as well as one other successful team chosen at random.
How Words on a Page Become Music and Pictures, with Aline Brosh McKenna
Acclaimed Hollywood screenwriter and producer Aline Brosh McKenna is the only Words presenter we’ve invited back in 10 years. In 2014 she showed us, through a multimedia presentation, how a movie opening is written and edited. This time she’ll explain how songs are produced for her hit CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
Availability is limited. For reservations, please call .
MEET OUR PROGRAM LEADER
Will Shortz, the director of Words, is the crossword editor of the New York Times, puzzlemaster for NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” and founder/director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. In May, he delivered the commencement address at the University of Virginia School of Law (his alma mater), devoting most of it to an audience-participation quiz. Will owns the Westchester Table Tennis Center, in Pleasantville, New York, and has played ping-pong every day for more than four years. Join him in Mohonk’s Game Room this weekend to play a match!
When you visit during Will Shortz’s Wonderful World of Words, your overnight package includes:
- Three meals daily featuring fresh, locally sourced cuisine from our farm-to-table partners
- Access to more than 85 miles of the Hudson Valley’s best hiking trails
- Boating, fishing, and swimming on Lake Mohonk
- Daily Guided “House History” Tours of our National Historic Landmark resort
- Guided Nature Hikes with stunning views of the Catskill Mountains
- Yoga, Meditation, and Fitness Classes
- Indoor Heated Pool with underwater music
- Afternoon tea and cookies in our historic Lake Lounge
- Complimentary greens fees on our Scottish-inspired golf course
- Nightly Evening Entertainment
- Special Events such as Outdoor Summer Movie Series and more! See schedule of activities >
A la carte experiences available to overnight guests:
- A full menu of nature-inspired treatments at our award-winning spa
- The Carriage Lounge, featuring a full bar and handcrafted cocktails as well as hyperlocal draft beer and hard cider
- An award-winning wine list in our Main Dining Room
- Horseback riding, carriage rides, and pony rides