Crossword Tournament Program
43rd Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
September 11-13, 2020
|Jump ahead on this page to:||
Registration Info |
Hotel Reservations |
Prizes | About the Puzzles | The Judges | Stamford | Solving at home
Message from Will Shortz
Amidst the gloom of the coronavirus pandemic, a ray of good news: The 2020 ACPT has been rescheduled for Sept. 11-13 — as usual at the Stamford Marriott Hotel.
Registration will reopen in a few months, after life (fingers crossed) has returned to normal and the pandemic has passed.
Meanwhile, all payments for the live tournament on March 20-22 are being refunded. This is a slow process, so if you haven't received a refund yet, please be patient.
Registrations for at-home solving of this year's puzzles, either online or by mail, will be refunded upon request.
A reminder: If you reserved a guestroom for the March 20-22 weekend, you should call the hotel to cancel.
I hope to see you in September.
~ Will Shortz
The following is information from the cancelled March 2020 ACPT and is subject to change with the rescheduled September 2020 tournament.
|All Events as a Competitor (including Friday)||$240*|
|All Events as a Competitor (beginning Saturday morning)||$190*|
|All Events as a Non-Competitor (including Friday)||$185*|
|All Events as a Non-Competitor (beginning Saturday morning)||$135*|
|Friday Evening Games and Reception Only||$ 65|
|Spectator for Sunday Playoffs (starting at 11AM) + Puzzles||$ 25|
The link and phone number for the ACPT reserved block of rooms at the Marriott will be posted when it becomes available.
Be prepared with the following information:
- Group name: American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
- Dates: September 11-13, 2020
- Number of people and choice single, double w/1 bed, or double w/2 beds
- Your name, (firm), address, and who you are sharing with. Note: to avoid duplication, submit one reservation for room shared by two or more people
- Arrival date (Thursday, September 10, Friday, September 11, or Saturday, September 12)
- Departure date (Sunday, September 13)
- Credit card info (number and expiration date)
Note that reservations will be held until 6 pm unless guaranteed for late arrival. Contact Marriott for more information.
Check-in time is 3pm. Check-out time is noon.
|Friday, September 11, 2020|
Warmup games and entertainment.
|10:00PM||Wine and cheese reception.|
|11:00PM||Awards for all the evening games.|
|Saturday, September 12, 2020|
|All day||Puzzle market — crossword books, word games, and other products of interest to puzzlers|
|11:00AM||Puzzles 1, 2, and 3|
|2:30PM||Puzzles 4, 5, and 6|
|8:00PM||More games and entertainment. Also presentation of the annual MEmoRiaL Award for lifetime achievement in crossword construction to Patrick Berry.|
|Sunday, September 13, 2020|
|11:00 AM||"Crossworders Got Talent" — a variety show featuring ACPT contestants and officials, with music, dance, comedy, and games. (If you would like to participate, or would like more info, email Pete Muller at email@example.com)|
|Noon||Awards presentation and announcement of the playoff contestants|
|12:15PM||Championship playoff, in which the top three contestants in Divisions A, B, and C compete in successive sudden-death rounds conducted on giant grids. Ophira Eisenberg, the host of NPR's "Ask Me Another," and composer/quizzicist Greg Pliska will provide live, play-by-play commentary on the A and B finals.|
Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Score as follows:
- 10 points for every correct word you entered across and down
- A bonus of 25 points for each full minute you finished ahead of the suggested solution time — BUT reduced by 25 points for each missing or incorrect letter (but not beyond the point the bonus returns to zero)
- A bonus of 150 points for each completely correct solution
For the purpose of scoring, a "word" consists of any series of letters written between black squares in the grid, or between a black square and the border of the grid, whether it is a single word, a phrase, or otherwise.
Complete rules will be explained prior to competition.
|Division B||Contestants who have not won a Division A or Division B prize during their last seven tournaments|
|Division C||Contestants who have not finished in the top 20% during their last three tournaments|
|Division D||Contestants who have not finished in the top 40% during their last three tournaments|
|Division E||Contestants who have not finished in the top 65% during their last three tournaments|
|Age Divisions||Solvers 25 years and under (Juniors), 50-59 years (Fifties), 60-69 years (Sixties), 70-79 (Seventies) and 80+ (Seniors)|
|Regional Divisions||Solvers in each of 11 geographical regions:|
Connecticut, Other New England, New York City, Long Island, Westchester/Upstate New York, New Jersey, Other Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, West, Canada/Foreign [map]
|Rookies||Contestants competing for their first time. Rookies are not eligible for "D" or "E" prizes.|
|Division A||1st Prize||$5,000|
|Division B||1st Prize||$500|
|Division C||1st Prize||$100|
|Each of Divisions D and E; Juniors, Fifties, Sixties, Seventies, Seniors||1st-3rd Prizes||Trophy|
|11 Regional Winners (each) [map]||1st & 2nd Prizes||Trophy|
|4th & 5th||Trophy|
Plus Every prizewinner receives a New York Times crossword collection from St. Martin's Press.
About the Puzzles
All crosswords have been specially created and edited for the tournament.
The judges and referees include leading names in crossword puzzling.
Stamford, CT: Directions and Information
243 Tresser Boulevard
Stamford, Connecticut 06901 USA
Note: there is no shuttle service between airports and the hotel.
JFK 42 miles. Driving Directions: Take Van Wyck Expressway to Whitestone Bridge. Follow signs to I-95 North to Connecticut. Take I-95 North to Exit 8. Go up two lights, make a left on Canal Street. Second light make a right on Tresser Blvd. Then make first right into Marriott hotel, go to end and make a right into the Marriott Hotel parking garage. Taxi: Estimated $110 cab fare. Shuttle: Royal Club Limo/Connecticut Express Shuttle; fee: 145 USD (one way); reservation required.
LaGuardia - LGA: 35 miles. Driving Directions: Exit airport, take Grand Central Parkway towards Whitestone Bridge. Follow signs to I-95 North to Connecticut. Take I-95 North to Exit 8. Go up two lights, make a left on Canal Street. Second light, make a right on Tresser Blvd. Then make first right into the Marriott Hotel, go to end and make a right into the Marriott Hotel parking garage. Taxi: Estimated $110 cab fare. Shuttle: Alternate transportation: Royal Club Limo/Connecticut Express Shuttle; fee: 135 USD (one way); reservation required.
Westchester County White Plains Airport - HPN: 13 miles. Driving Directions: Take Route 684 South to 287 East. Follow signs for I-95 North to Connecticut. Take I-95 North to exit 8. Go up two lights and make a left on Canal Street. Second light make a right on Tresser Blvd. Then make a right into the Marriott Hotel, go to the end and make a right into the Marriott Hotel parking garage. Taxi: No estimate available. Shuttle: Alternate transportation: Royal Club Limo/Connecticut Express Shuttle; fee: 70 USD (one way); reservation required.
Public Transportation to the Stamford Marriott
The Stamford Marriott hotel is about 0.6 miles from the Metro North New Haven Line Stamford station. There are several economical ways to get to the Marriott from LaGuardia, JFK and Newark airports via public transportation. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (“MTA”) has a booklet that tells how to connect to the railroad:
Solving At Home
Now you can take part in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament — and find out how you'd score — from your own home!
- On Your Computer: Solve the puzzles online on the weekend of the tournament, or at anytime throughout the year. Standings of online competitors are constantly updated. Click here for details.
- By Mail: Receive this year's puzzles (upon completion of the tournament) by mail, solve them and return your solutions to us with your times. We'll judge your puzzles, send you your scores, and tell you your ranking in every event in which you were eligible. To Register, click here.
If you need help, call Michael Smith at 215-266-2802 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For questions regarding the hotel, call the Stamford Marriott at (203) 357-9555.