Scott Duke Kominers, Washington Post

Scott Duke Kominers

Washington Post

Cambridge, MA, United States

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Past articles by Scott:

The Failure of Is Worse Than Inexcusable

We’ve waited more than two years for the government’s “one-stop shop” website for pandemic services, information and treatment options. Why is it such a mess? → Read More

Why Facebook and Twitter Opened the Door to NFTs

The social-media giants are taking a calculated risk by relaxing control over some of their users’ data to accommodate the craze for blockchain-based digital collectibles. → Read More

Most NFTs Are More Like Baseball Cards Than Fine Art

Collectors aren’t just paying crazy prices for blockchain entries. They’re also buying affordable access to communities and the opportunities that come with it. (Ask Eminem.) → Read More

2021 Was a Mess, Unless You Count the Palindrome Days

Whichever way you look at it, the year was mathematically exciting. Even in a mirror. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: The Grinch Isn’t Sure What to Steal

A mysterious journey inspired by our favorite story to read during the holidays. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Houston, We Have a Cube-Shaped Problem

The hottest spot on the moon is a mountain of mystery. But all the clues are there. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Meet Me in the Metaverse — If You Can

A grumpy AI named Marvin holds the keys to your trip. Can you hack him? → Read More

Just Tell Everybody to Go Get a Covid Booster

Convoluted U.S. guidelines are undermining public health as vaccine immunity wanes and infections rise. Simplicity is the best medicine. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Looping Letters in a Narrative Arc

Can you decode a colorful cipher that looks absolutely breathtaking in the right light? → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Can You Escape the Conjurer's Curse?

Some pumpkins, ghosts and a monster mashup are full of clues. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: True or False? That’s Just the Start

A multi-part puzzle combines trivia and logic in a surprisingly fun way. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: All Hail the Newest ‘Jeopardy’ Star

Matt Amodio covered a lot of ground in his record-breaking run. Can you keep up? → Read More

Nobel Winners Found Economic Experiments in the Real World

Their research improved our understanding of everything from minimum wages and education to military service and lottery winnings. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Overstuffed Bears Seeking Stability

This puzzle features three furry teams of salmon munchers and a topsy-turvy pier. → Read More

World Can Have Covid Boosters and Its First Doses, Too

There is a way to bolster existing immunity and speed up the next phase of vaccination at the same time. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Weight Weight… Don’t Tell Me!

Boris Johnson’s mission to rebalance the scales is a great excuse for a pounds-and-ounces puzzle. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Jigsaw Puzzles From Famous Quotes

Each line has one superfluous word, and those words together form an extra quote. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Pick a Number, Any Number at All

This game has been played in newspapers and game theory classrooms all around the world. Now it’s your turn. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: A Heist Leads to a Virtual Adventure

One of the most extraordinary puzzle innovations of the last year has been the rise of virtual escape rooms. → Read More

Kominers’s Conundrums: Free a Phoenix So It May Rise Again

This mythical bird is a little stuck in those proverbial ashes. Can you help? → Read More