American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Virtual Program

46th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
April 5-7, 2024

VIRTUAL REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

Jump ahead on this page to: Registration Info | Where do I go to solve and watch the live stream? | Schedule | Scoring | Who Competes | Pairs | Prizes | Puzzles | Constructors | The Team

2024 Registration Information

Solo Solver$ 75
Pairs Solvers$ 85
Refunds will be made if you are unable to participate by writing to [email protected] prior to the tournament beginning.

Where do I go to solve and watch the live stream?

Go to ACPTONLINE.COM after you have registered for FAQs on solving, Sample puzzles, links to the live stream during the tournament weekend and more. Don't miss the Friday night games and entertainment!
We will send login instructions about a week before the tournament begins. Be sure to whitelist [email protected].

Schedule

Friday, April 5, 2024
8:00PM

Live stream - An evening of warm-up puzzles and entertainment including:

  • "Connections" competition, based on the hit New York Times game, played on participants' smartphones
  • Remarks by Wyna Liu, the creator of "Connections," on how she prepares the boards, with stories from solvers
  • Sprint Contest -- featuring Cryptic Crossword, Code Crossword, Split Decisions, Spiral, Quote Boxes, and other puzzles from future issues of Games World of Puzzles. All puzzles will be available to solve online.
10:00PMLive stream of Wine and cheese reception.
Saturday, April 6, 2024
11:00AM-12:45PMPuzzles 1, 2, and 3 - live stream and online solving
2:15-4:45PMPuzzles 4, 5, and 6 - live stream and online solving
Scores will be posted online as they become available
8:00-10:00PM

Live stream - Another evening of games and entertainment, including (more to come):

  • "The ACPT Photo Archive" presentation by Don Christensen and Donna Mayers on 40+ years of American Crossword Puzzle Tournament images, digitized and indexed, with examples
  • Presentation of the annual Merl Reagle MEmoRiaL Award for lifetime achievement in crossword construction to Andrea Carla Michaels. With film and oral tributes
  • and more
Sunday, April 7, 2024
9:00AMPuzzle 7 - live stream and online solving
11:00AM-NoonLive stream - Crossworders Got Talent
Noon-12:30PMLive stream - Presentation of the prizes, followed by the announcement of the Division A, B, and C playoff contestants
12:30-1:45PMLive stream - Puzzle 8 Championship Playoffs. The Division A and B playoffs will be announced jointly by Ophira Eisenberg, comedian and radio host; and composer/puzzlemaker Greg Pliska

Scoring

Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Score as follows:

  1. 10 points for every correct word you entered across and down
  2. 1 bonus point for every 2 seconds the contestant finishes early BUT this bonus is reduced by 30 points for each letter that is omitted or entered incorrectly, up to, but not beyond, the point the bonus returns to zero
  3. A bonus of 150 points for each completely correct solution
  4. A solution that is not submitted before your timer reaches 0:00 will receive a score of zero.

For the purpose of scoring, a "word" consists of any series of letters contained in the white squares in the grid, whether it is a single word, a phrase, or otherwise.

Complete rules can be found on the virtual tournament FAQs page.

Who Competes?

Contestants simultaneously compete in all events for which they are eligible:
Age DivisionsSolvers 25 years and under (Juniors), 50-59 years (Fifties), 60-69 years (Sixties), 70-79 (Seventies) and 80+ (Seniors)
RookiesContestants competing for their first time.
PairsContestants competing as a couple.

How does Pairs solving work?

For Pairs solving:
  • Both solvers will login to this site with their own credential (email address), but only one (designated as primary when registering for the tournament) will submit the puzzle and enter their email address when a puzzle is completed.
  • Only one solver will submit the puzzle
    • If the pair is not together, the second solver can also work the puzzle. Both solvers will begin by accessing the live puzzle link from this site.
    • Both team members will communicate through some means - by being in the same room, or by phone, Facetime, Google hangout, whatever you find easiest!
    • Only the solver submitting the puzzle enters their email address after solving. The second solver should NOT submit their puzzle when done. If a second solver inadvertently hits the submit button, just enter "[email protected]" as your email address or just close your browser.
    • You can switch off who the "designated puzzle submitter" is between puzzles as long as you stick to a single agreed-upon email address for submitting.

Prizes

The virtual competition is for fun only. Virtual solvers are not eligible for any of the live tournament prizes.

About the Puzzles

All crosswords have been specially created and edited for the tournament.

Sample Puzzles:

The Constructors

Constructors are listed alphabetically

  • Tracy Bennett
  • Kevin Christian
  • Joel Fagliano
  • Lynn Lempel
  • Anna Shechtman
  • Mike Shenk
  • Sid Sivakumar
  • Robyn Weintraub

Photo Gallery of Constructors and Officials

The Team

Dave Sullivan, ACPT - Virtual Tournament Director

John Temple, Amuse Labs - Live Stream Host

Alhassan Mohamed - Live Stream Provider

Amuse Labs staff - Help Desk Team

If you need help, email (acptonline@gmail.com).

Tournament Sponsors

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