American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Crossword Tournament

38th ACPT • March 27-29, 2015

NOTE: All queries and challenges will be addressed within about a week. Puzzle scans (see left) will be available for several months and then permanently removed. All available scans are posted.

Tournament Victor
Don Christensen
The winner!


  1. Dan Feyer
  2. Tyler Hinman
  3. Howard Barkin
  4. Kiran Kedlaya
  5. Anne Erdmann
  6. Francis Heaney
  7. Joon Pahk
  8. Al Sanders
  9. David Plotkin
  10. Jon Delfin

See Results by Rank

B division

  1. Andrew Feist
  2. Elaine Renner
  3. Vic Chandhok

Full B Division Results

C division

  1. David Steinberg
  2. Alex Egervary
  3. Rob Tricchinelli

Full C Division Results

See left panel for all results.

Capsule History

The tournament returned to the Stamford Marriott, where it began. The Friday night program featured two multimedia crosswords, solved by teams on iPads, in which about two-thirds of the clues contained audio, visual, or video components. The app was provided by Serhiy Grabarchuk and Saturday night featured the world premiere of a documentary short, "A Man, A Plan, A Palindrome," by Vince Clemente, followed by a 10th-anniversary celebration of the filming of "Wordplay," with the director and producer, Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley. Dr. Fill finished in 55th place. In the "A" division playoffs, Dan Feyer beat Tyler Hinman by a split second to become the first person to win the ACPT six times in a row.

Will Shortz

Capsule history of all previous years.

Pictures from the Tournament

Social Media

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Twitter: #ACPT | #ACPT2015


In the News

Solving Perfection

The following 39 contestants solved all 7 puzzles with no mistakes.

Howard Barkin, Evan Birnholz, David Bleich, Patty Buethe, Joe Cabrera, Vic Chandhok, Kathie Conarck, Paul Coulter, Ken Crowell, Jon Delfin, Dan Feyer, Adam Gale, Peter Gordon, Katie Hamill, Francis Heaney, Tyler Hinman, Richard Kalustian, Steven Katten, Kiran Kedlaya, Eric Maddy, Marc Maximov, Phoebe McBee, Rich Norris, Doug Peterson, David Plotkin, Christine Quinones, Elaine Renner, Ellen Ripstein, Dan Sadoff, Al Sanders, Anita Spielman, Dan Stacey, Ken Stern, Andrew Sullivan, Rob Tricchinelli, Jennifer Turney, Kevin Wald, John Wilson, Stella Zawistowski.

More stuff

Officials — 2015

Photo by Don Christensen - Click for enlargement

DirectorWill Shortz
CoordinatorHelene Hovanec
WebmasterNancy Parsons
Scoring ProgrammerMatt Ginsberg
Database PreparerJoe Cabrera
Online Tournament ManagerPeter Ritmeester
PhotographerDon Christensen
NametagsMike Shenk
Playoff AnnouncersOphira Eisenberg and Greg Pliska
Special GuestsPatrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley
Judges and referees
Andrew Stern, Anna Ball, Ashish Vengsarkar, Brad Wilber, Brendan Emmett Quigley, Bruce Haight, Bruce Venzke, Byron Walden, Carolyn Pahk, Casey Julia, Charles Foreman, David Kwong, Denny Baker, Donna Tessitore, Doug Ashleigh, Ethan Friedman, Evan O’Donnell, Evie Eysenburg, George Barany, Ian Livengood, Jeff Chen, Jennifer Tanner, Jim Page, Jim Russell, Joan Kuhn, Joanne Sullivan, Joel Fagliano, John Lieb, Judy Raphael, Jules Markey, Kristian House, Lea Berlin, Leanne O’Donnell, Mala Nagarajan, Marilyn Kelly, Mark Danna, Martin Ramos, Merl Reagle, Michael Dewey, Michael Smith, Michael Topel, Michelle Arnot, Mike Nothnagel, Mike Shenk, Nancy Baker, Nancy Schuster, Nicole Mobley, Patrick Merrell, Peter Broda, Peter Collins, Rich Silvestri, Sara Sadin, Sherry Topel, Stan Newman, Stephanie Osher, Steve Salitan, Susan West, Todd Gross, Tracy Bennett, Tracy Gray, Valerie Salitan, Vic Fleming

Scoring room team
David Quarfoot, Fred Piscop, Janie Smulyan, Jen Yuan, Nancy Parsons, Matt Ginsberg, Paul Bruneau