Will Shortz (born August 26, 1952 in Crawfordsville, Indiana) is an American puzzle creator and editor, and crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times.
Shortz is the author or editor of more than 100 books and owns over 20,000 puzzle books and magazines dating back to 1545, reportedly the world’s largest private library on the subject. He is a member and historian of the National Puzzlers’ League.
Shortz provided the puzzle clues which The Riddler (Jim Carrey) leaves for Batman (Val Kilmer) in the film Batman Forever.
How many women have constructed crossword puzzles in the Shortz Era
The makeover proposed by the authors of the book #MakeoverMonday was about “How many women have constructed crossword puzzles in the Shortz Era”.
The original viz it’s a spaghetti chart
The original viz has been posted by XWord Info.
A spaghetti chart it is considered a bad practice in data visualization because it is difficult to follow the path of a single line and you can not see the general trend.
My own makeover
In the below visualization I tryed to emphasise the contribution of the female constructurs of crossword puzzles per year and per weekday.