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American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

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

Congratulations 2021 champ Tyler Hinman!
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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 $3,000 grand prize. Evening games, puzzles, and entertainments allow solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere.
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