I am Oliver Roeder, FiveThirtyEight staff writer, puzzle editor, and author of The Riddler—AMA!
Hello! I'm Oliver Roeder, a senior writer at FiveThirtyEight, where I've written about chess, Scrabble, the Supreme Court, artificial intelligence, math, show dogs, Russian trolls, game shows, nuclear war, Super Mario Bros., art collections, the Black Rock Desert, spelling bees, and a crossword puzzle plagiarism scandal that came to be known as #Gridgate. You know ... the usual beats. I also wrangle the news stories for our daily newsletter, Significant Digits.
I'm also FiveThirtyEight's puzzle editor and I oversee a weekly math and logic puzzle column each Friday called The Riddler. My new book, The Riddler: Fantastic Puzzles from FiveThirtyEight, is a collection of the best of that column along with some never-before-seen puzzles. Will Shortz promises that it will stretch your brain in new ways—it says so right there on the back of the book. (My publisher would like me to be known as the millennial Martin Gardner, and while I love Mr. Gardner, I am also happy to bore you with my lengthy argument as to why I'm not in fact a millennial.)
Before falling into (and for) journalism and professional math-puzzle making, I was an academic: I did a Ph.D. in economics at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook 'em) where I focused on game theory and political competition.