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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Crossword Champs

For those of you addicted to the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle, the 30th annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament runs March 23 – 25 in Stamford, CT. Ken Jennings, who gained fame as the longest-running “Jeopardy” winner, competed in 2006 and won first place in the Division C and Rookie categories.

Last year, 498 people competed in three categories. Many came for a sneak preview of the 2006 film "Wordplay," which chronicles an ACPT competition and profiles Will Shortz, the Times crossword editor. The film also showed famous crossword enthusiasts such as Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart and former President Bill Clinton.

If you’re interested in the word-obsessed people who create puzzles or frequent such competitions — or you just want some puzzle-solving hints, check out:

Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses That Create Them by Matt Gaffney.

Crossworld: One Man’s Journey Into America’s Crossword Obsession by Marc Romano.

Pretty Girl in Crimson (8): A Memoir of Love, Exile and Crosswords by Sandy Balfour.

Crossword Puzzles for Dummies by Michelle Arnot.

Random House Webster’s Crossword Puzzle Dictionary edited by Stephen P. Elliott.

What’s the fastest you’ve ever done the Sunday Times crossword?

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