American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

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FrankieHeck
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American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

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Post by FrankieHeck » Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:32 pm

Anyone going in March? My husband inexplicably asked me if I wanted to go. (He has zero interest in crossword puzzles aside from occasionally trying to help me with a meta.) I do the NYT puzzles online when I remember, but I'm certainly not competition-worthy. I've gotten a few Mondays done in 5 minutes or under, but I am not really a speedy solver. I'm much more interested in metas these days. Still, I think it might be fun to watch others compete, and to just hang out with other puzzlers, especially if anyone on this forum is going. Has anyone been? I'm not sure if everything would be open to me to watch as a non-competitor. Any information appreciated!

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Post by MajordomoTom » Wed Jan 01, 2020 3:46 pm

has he been watching too many Hallmark movies again?

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Post by GlennG » Wed Jan 01, 2020 6:29 pm

FrankieHeck wrote:
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:32 pm
Anyone going in March? Still, I think it might be fun to watch others compete, and to just hang out with other puzzlers, especially if anyone on this forum is going. Has anyone been? I'm not sure if everything would be open to me to watch as a non-competitor. Any information appreciated!
I don't really have the resources to go right now, and definitely want to wait until I know I can put up a respectable effort. I did the play-from-home last year and learned a lot. But I wouldn't want to go unless I can partake of all of it as a competitor instead of just using it as an opportunity to hang around.

That said, have a look at https://www.crosswordtournament.com/info/brochure.htm - you can sign up to go as a non-competitor.

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Post by Hector » Wed Jan 01, 2020 7:30 pm

Thanks for the heads-up, FrankieHeck, I should consider it. The timing is perfect: it's during a scheduled break from work, and I need to pay an overdue visit to an elderly parent not far from there in CT. I've done the puzzles online in past years and, while I'm not a very speedy gridster (nor do I really care about speed & actually prefer getting slowed down by the puzzle --- I never solve Monday and Tuesday NYT puzzles), I managed to solve them in times that would have placed me solidly mid-pack---and there were many, many solvers ahead of me and behind. In that sense it seems like marathons or the like; people are psyched to do their thing, however it rates in the standings. It seems like it would be a lot of fun to attend, and more fun also to "compete," even if one (like me) is definitely not podium material.

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Post by docison » Mon Jan 13, 2020 4:14 pm

I have been to the ACPT for the last 2 years (after doing crosswords for over 20), in addition to attending tournaments in Boston (3x) and NY (1x). I will be back at ACPT in March. I HIGHLY recommend going if you have the crossword bug - it is an incredibly friendly crowd full of people who are joined by their love of crosswords and other puzzles. And while there are of course some who solve with blistering speed, you shouldn't let them intimidate you from attending and from competing (because, honestly, doing the puzzles is a lot more fun than not doing them). While you can attend as a non-competitor, there is not really much to observe when most of the puzzles are happening - the non-competition events are Friday night, Saturday night, and Sunday (for the talent show and finals) The puzzles are fun and creative. A few are quite hard but most of them skew towards NYT Wed/Thurs difficulty. But if you're thinking of going, do so! And enjoy the community.

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