Virtual Crossword Tournament Program
This page contains information for 2023.
The next Tournament will be April 5-7, 2024
45th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
March 31 - April 2, 2023
|Jump ahead on this page to:||Registration Info | Where do I go to solve and watch the live stream? | Schedule | Scoring | Who Competes | Pairs | Prizes | Puzzles | Constructors | The Team|
2023 Registration Information
|Solo Solver||$ 70|
|Pairs Solvers||$ 80|
Refunds will be made if you are unable to participate by writing to [email protected] prior to the tournament beginning.
Where do I go to solve and watch the live stream?
Go to ACPTONLINE.COM after you have registered for FAQs on solving, Sample puzzles, links to the live stream during the tournament weekend and more. Don't miss the Friday night games and entertainment!
|Friday, March 31, 2023|
An evening of warm-up puzzles and entertainment:
|10:00PM||Wine and cheese reception.|
|11:00PM||Awards for all the evening games.|
|Saturday, April 1, 2023|
|11:00AM-12:45PM||Puzzles 1, 2, and 3 - live stream and online solving|
|2:15-4:45PM||Puzzles 4, 5, and 6 - live stream and online solving|
|Scores will be posted online as they become available|
|Sunday, April 2, 2023|
|9:00AM||Puzzle 7 - live stream and online solving|
|11:00AM-Noon||To be announced|
|Noon-12:30PM||Live stream - Presentation of the prizes, followed by the announcement of the Division A, B, and C playoff contestants|
|12:30-1:45PM||Live stream - Puzzle 8 — Championship Playoffs. The Division A and B playoffs will be announced jointly by Ophira Eisenberg, comedian and radio host; and composer/puzzlemaker Greg Pliska|
Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Score as follows:
- 10 points for every correct word you entered across and down
- 1 bonus point for every 2 seconds the contestant finishes early BUT this bonus is reduced by 30 points for each letter that is omitted or entered incorrectly, up to, but not beyond, the point the bonus returns to zero
- A bonus of 150 points for each completely correct solution
- A solution that is not submitted before your timer reaches 0:00 will receive a score of zero.
For the purpose of scoring, a "word" consists of any series of letters contained in the white squares in the grid, whether it is a single word, a phrase, or otherwise.
Complete rules can be found on the virtual tournament FAQs page.
Contestants simultaneously compete in all events for which they are eligible:
|Age Divisions||Solvers 25 years and under (Juniors), 50-59 years (Fifties), 60-69 years (Sixties), 70-79 (Seventies) and 80+ (Seniors)|
|Rookies||Contestants competing for their first time.|
|Pairs||Contestants competing as a couple.|
How does Pairs solving work?
- There is only one member login with Solver credentials
- If you are not together, you can both log into the site with the same username and password to access the puzzles
- Only one solver will submit the puzzle
- If the pair is not together, the second solver can also work the puzzle. Both solvers will begin by accessing the live puzzle link from this site.
- Both team members will communicate through some means - by being in the same room, or by phone, Facetime, Google hangout, whatever you find easiest!
- Only the solver submitting the puzzle enters their email address after solving. The second solver should NOT submit their puzzle when done. If a second solver inadvertently hits the submit button, just enter "i[email protected]" as your email address or just close your browser.
- You can switch off who the "designated puzzle submitter" is between puzzles as long as you stick to a single agreed-upon email address for submitting.
The virtual competition is for fun only. Virtual solvers are not eligible for any of the live tournament prizes.
About the Puzzles
All crosswords have been specially created and edited for the tournament.
Constructors are listed alphabetically
- Kevin Christian
- Kameron Austin Collins
- Sam Ezersky
- Joel Fagliano
- Christina Iverson
- Lynn Lempel
- Andrea Carla Michaels
- Mike Shenk
- Robyn Weintraub
Dave Sullivan, ACPT - Virtual Tournament Director
John Temple, Amuse Labs - Live Stream Host
Alhassan Mohamed - Live Stream Provider
Amuse Labs staff - Help Desk Team
If you need help, email (email@example.com).