American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

 Crossword Tournament

28th ACPT • March 11-13 2005
Tyler Hinman
©2005 Nancy Shack
Champion Tyler Hinman


  1. Tyler Hinman
  2. Trip Payne
  3. Al Sanders
  4. Kiran Kedlaya
  5. Katherine Bryant
  6. Stella Daily
  7. Patrick Jordan
  8. Jon Delfin
  9. Roger Barkan
  10. Doug Hoylman

B division

  1. Amy Reynaldo
  2. Stella Daily
  3. Arnold Reich

C division

  1. Susan Hoffman
  2. Jonathan Gray
  3. Len Elliott
See left panel for full results; updated 3/25

"Wordplay," the Documentary

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Wordplay focuses on the man most associated with crossword puzzles, New York Times puzzle editor and NPR Puzzle Master Will Shortz. Director Patrick Creadon introduces us to this passionate hero, and to the inner workings of his brilliant and often hilarious contributors, including syndicated puzzle creator Merl Reagle.

Along the way, the film presents interviews with celebrity crossword puzzlers such as Bill Clinton, Bob Dole, Jon Stewart, Ken Burns, Mike Mussina, and the Indigo Girls, who reveal their process, insight and the allure of the game.

In addition to deconstructing this uniquely American institution, Wordplay takes us through the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament where almost five hundred competitors battled it out for the title "Crossword Champ" and showed their true colors along the way.

Synopsis from the Wordplay website.

Pictures from the Tournament

"American Crossword Idol"

The Saturday night entertainments featured an "American Crossword Idol" contest where tournament contestants had the opportunity to share their talents. The winner was Leslie Billig, with an homage to Will Shortz.

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More Videos from the Tournament

Videographer: Nancy Shack -- Thank you!!

In the News

From the Blogosphere

Distribution by Puzzle

Thanks to Mel Rosen for running these analyses!

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