enigmatology
n. The study of puzzles and puzzle construction.

Example Citations:
Enigmatology is the study and construction of puzzles.
—“Know It All,” The San Mateo Daily Journal, August 1, 2012

Jeremy Logan, a character who appeared in a minor role in two earlier Child novels, takes center stage here. Logan is a history professor whose speciality is “enigmalogy,” the study of puzzling, bizarre, or paranormal events—hauntings, the Loch Ness Monster, etc. (the term appears to be a made-up coinage, a spin-off, perhaps, of the real discipline of enigmatology).
—David Pitt, “The Third Gate,” Booklist, May 1, 2012

Earliest Citation:
Economics didn’t turn out to be exactly the career he had in mind, and neither did law. So Will Shortz turned to enigmatology.
—Ceet Currier, “American Style: Enigmatology and Will Shortz,” The Associated Press, February 19, 1978

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