Will Shortz Fan Club Meeting


Do you still get a hard copy of the NYT delivered because you simply have to do the crossword puzzle every day? Maybe you have what it takes to be a contender at the 35th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this weekend at the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott. The competition is open to solvers of all levels, and is scored based on accuracy and speed by judges representing top names in puzzling. Other events that will intrigue word nerds include the first ever world palindrome championship, a wine and cheese reception, a market where puzzle-related goods will be for sale, a variety show called “Crossworders Got Talent,” and a championship playoff round involving sudden-death competition conducted on giant grids. You can sign up to throw your hat in the ring here, but the $180 price tag is likely to dissuade all but the most serious puzzlers. If you are more interested in just checking out the scene without committing your entire weekend, you can attend specific events at significantly less expense.

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