American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

 Crossword Tournament

19th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, 1996

The 19th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament was held March 29-31, 1996.
The special guest was Brian Greer, crossword editor of The Times of London. Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon presented an around-the-hotel puzzle scavenger hunt, leading up to team performances of marches on kazoos. Total paid attendance (contestants plus noncompeting participants) and officials was approximately 300 — a new high. Doug Hoylman won again, tying the record for most wins by an individual.

hoylman Champion Doug Hoylman
Shown here, Doug Hoylman, tournament winner from Chevy Chase, Maryland [Photo by Don Christenson, from 1994 tournament]

1996 Results

Division A
1Douglas Hoylman, Chevy Chase, MD
2Trip Payne, Atlanta, GA
3Jon Delfin, New York, NY
4Ellen Ripstein, New York, NY
5John McNeill, Austin, TX
6George Henschel, Springfield, VA
7Kathie Conarck, Setauket, NY
8Julian Ochrymo-wych, Basking Ridge, NJ
9Howard Gross, New York, NY
10Elsa Angrist, Arlington, VA
Division B
1Randolph Ross, Syosset, NY
2Bob Petitto, Carol Stream, IL
3William Michaels, Hopewell, NJ
Division C
1John Carberry, Stamford, CT
2Jim Reis, Chicago, IL
3Frank Kempe, Inver Grove Heights, MN
Division D
1Jonathan Lowe, New York, NY
2John Sammis, Norwalk, CT
3John Wilson, St. Paul, MN
Division E
1Hugh Murphy, Hockessin, DE
2Derek Allen, Elkhart, IN
3Harvey Markowitz, Wheatley Heights, NY
Juniors
1Scott Weiss, Baltimore, MD
2Francis Heaney, New York, NY
3Zack Butler, Pittsburgh, PA
Fifties
1Douglas Hoylman, Chevy Chase, MD
2John McNeill, Austin, TX
3Elsa Angrist, Arlington, VA
Sixties
1Joe Clonick, New York, NY
2Charlotte Cremin, New York, NY
3Marion Roemer, Princeton, NJ
Seniors
1Miriam Raphael, Rye Brook, NY
2Jean Tintle, Lakehurst, NJ
3Dorothy Vitaliano, Bloomington, IN
Rookies
1William Michaels, Hopewell, NJ
2John Carberry, Stamford, CT
3Marion Roemer, Princeton, NJ
Regional Winners
ConnecticutRon Osher
New EnglandArnold Reich
New York CityJon Delfin
Long IslandKathie Conarck
Upstate New YorkJohn Chervokas
New JerseyJulian Ochrymowych
Mid-AtlanticDouglas Hoylman
SouthTrip Payne
MidwestBob Petitto
WestJohn McNeill
ForeignFraser Simpson

Pictures from the Tournament

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Will Shortz, tournament director, presents winner Doug Hoylman with a loving cup, a warm handshake, and a cool check.

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Mike Shenk congratulates tournament champion Doug Hoylman, standing before his winning diagram.

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