ACPT: What is it?

With crossword competitions available online during the pandemic, a Courier crossword whiz describes her experience of participating in one.

Elizabeth Meade
22nd November 2021
Image: Wikipedia Commons
The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament takes place every April in Stamford, Connecticut. Competitors race to solve crossword puzzles as quickly as possible and the event attracts many famous constructors and solvers.

I attended the event for the first time in 2021 via the Internet and it was an excellent experience. Though I didn't place, I gained insight into the crossword puzzle community and tested my skills. After months of practice with the New York Times crossword, completing such a challenging competition was rewarding.

I first got into crossword puzzles because they were something fun my grandmother and I could do together over the holidays. After trying to make some of my own puzzles, I decided to familiarize myself with more traditional layouts and thought it would be fun to try a competition. Overall, the process has given me a new appreciation for how these puzzles are designed and taught me a lot of new words. It's also introduced me to ubiquitous 'crossword topics' like golf, NCAA football teams and birds of prey.

If competing in crossword tournaments sounds like something that may interest you, more information can be found at

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AUTHOR: Elizabeth Meade
(she/her) Head of Current Affairs (News, Campus Comment, Comment, Science). Chemistry major. Avid reader. Chaos theorist. Amateur batrachologist and historian. Rock fan. Likes cybersecurity and cooking. Wrote the first article for Puzzles. Probably the first Courier writer to have work featured in one of Justin Whang's videos.

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