Wei-Hwa Huang

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Wei-Hwa Huang (黃煒華, born August 4, 1975) is an award-winning American puzzler and member of the US Team for the World Puzzle Championship.[1]

Huang was a member of the United States International Math Olympiad team in 1992 and 1993, where he was awarded a Silver Medal both years. He was a Putnam Fellow in 1993. Huang has won the annual World Puzzle Championship on four occasions: 1995 and 1997–1999.[2][3] He also won the 2008 Sudoku National Championship.[4]

Huang graduated from Montgomery Blair High School[5] and the California Institute of Technology[6] and was an employee at Google until July 2008.[7] One of his most famous projects was the Da Vinci Code Quest on Google, which was a set of 24 puzzles launched on April 17, 2006 in cooperation with Columbia Pictures.[8]

Huang submitted a crossword puzzle to the New York Times newspaper which was published on Tuesday, September 10, 2002.[9] In 2012, Hwang co-authored a book with Will Shortz, the editor of the New York Times crossword puzzle.[10]


  1. ^ Grossman, Lev (Mar 11, 2013). "The Answer Men". TIME Magazine. 
  2. ^ "World Puzzle Championship - WPC History". wpc.puzzles.com. 
  3. ^ Spice, Byron (1999-10-25). "Prince of Puzzles". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: A6. 
  4. ^ Shapiro, Howard (2009). "2009 Inquirer Sudoku National Championship: Third time's the charm for L.A. woman". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Montgomery Has 3 In Westinghouse's Top 10 Finalists". The Washington Post: B7. 1993-03-09. 
  6. ^ "Puzzlement". The New York Times: Section 6; Page 14. 1995-11-12. 
  7. ^ Yi-Wyn Yen and Michal Lev-Ram (January 22, 2008). "10 fascinating Googlers". Fortune. 
  8. ^ "The Da Vinci Code Quest Launches On Google". www.movieweb.com. 
  9. ^ Shortz, Will (June 16, 2005). The New York Times Will Shortz's Greatest Hits: 150 Crossword Puzzles Personally Picked by the Puzzlemaster. The New York Times. p. 64. ISBN 031234242X. 
  10. ^ Will Shortz and Wei-Hwa Huang (September 18, 2012). Will Shortz's Puzzle Master Workout. Seven Footer Press. ISBN 1934734527. 

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