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43rd Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
April 23-25, 2021
Stamford Marriott, Stamford, CT

June 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

With disappointment, this is to announce that the 2020 ACPT, which was rescheduled for September 11-13, is now canceled, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Over the past few months we kept modifying our plans for the event, as the pandemic persisted, but now it has become clear that it cannot be held this year at all.

We believe we have already refunded all registrations for the in-person tournament. If somehow we overlooked yours, please let us know ([email protected]).

Registrations for at-home solving of the 2020 ACPT puzzles — either by mail or online — will be rolled over until next year. If you would like a refund instead, let us know that, too.

The new dates for the 43rd ACPT are, tentatively, for April 23-25, 2021. Cross your fingers!

Stay safe and well. Hope to see you next year.

— Will Shortz


Will Shortz
Will Shortz
Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, this is the nation's oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allow solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.
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