American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT)

The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament is a crossword-solving tournament held annually in February March or early April.

It was founded in 1978 by Will Shortz, who still directs the tournament, and is the oldest and largest crossword tournament held in the United States. In recent years there have been over 600 competitors.

The 34th annual event is scheduled for April 1-3, 2016 at the Marriott in Stamford, Connecticut.

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.

There is a dedicated American Crossword Puzzle Tournament website, maintained by Doug Heller, which provides reports of previous tournaments, program and registration details for the next tournament, plus plenty of other interesting crossword-related information.



Tournament Winners

There are six contestants who have won the tournament more than once: Jon Delfin (7 tournaments), Douglas Hoylman (6), Tyler Hinman (5), David Rosen (4), Trip Payne (3), and Dan Feyer (6).


Year Contestants Winner
1978 149 Nancy Schuster
1979 154 Miriam Raphael
1980 128 Daniel Pratt
1981 125 Philip Cohen
1982 132 Stanley Newman
1983 146 David Rosen
1984 115 John McNeill
1985 110 David Rosen
1986 130 David Rosen
1987 118 David Rosen
1988 137 Douglas Hoylman
1989 134 Jon Delfin
1990 143 Jon Delfin
1991 149 Jon Delfin
1992 172 Douglas Hoylman
1993 192 Trip Payne
1994 216 Douglas Hoylman
1995 232 Jon Delfin
1996 239 Douglas Hoylman
1997 255 Douglas Hoylman
1998 251 Trip Payne
1999 254 Jon Delfin
2000 286 Douglas Hoylman
2001 310 Ellen Ripstein
2002 401 Jon Delfin
2003 495 Jon Delfin
2004 478 Trip Payne
2005 455 Tyler Hinman
2006 498 Tyler Hinman
2007 698 Tyler Hinman
2008 699 Tyler Hinman
2009 684 Tyler Hinman
2010 644 Dan Feyer
2011 655 Dan Feyer
2012 592 Dan Feyer
2013 572 Dan Feyer
2014 580 Dan Feyer
2015 567 Dan Feyer

 

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