American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is a crossword-solving tournament held annually in late February or early March. Founded in 1978 by Will Shortz, who still directs the tournament, it is the oldest and largest crossword tournament held in the United States; the 2009 event attracted nearly 700 competitors. The 35th annual event took place on March 16–18, 2012.
For 30 years the contest was held at the Marriott in Stamford, Connecticut, but owing to its increasing popularity, in 2008 the tournament moved to the larger Marriott Brooklyn Bridge in Brooklyn, New York.
The tournament traditionally begins on Friday evening with social games and a wine and cheese reception. More social games are played on Saturday evening, many being adaptations of television game shows.
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