Five custom-made puzzles, by top New York Times and LA Times constructors, with the three top finishers meeting onstage in a head-to-head-to-head final, featuring live play-by-play and color commentary.

Check-in and walk-in registration opens at 9:30 AM
Solving starts at 10:45 AM
See the finalists in action at 3:30 PM

Online registration is available through October 14, space permitting. An additional 20 seats will be available for walk-in participants on the day of the event — first come, first served. Walk-in ticket prices are $10 higher than those offered on this site.

  • Four competitive brackets: Expert, Regular, Rookie & Doubles
  • One non-competitive bracket: Participating “Casuals”
  • Winner’s prize packs from Marbles the Brain Store
  • 1st place prize pack includes ACPT tickets
  • Additional competitive and raffle prizes, plus gift bags for everyone
  • Freebie puzzles and games to warm up and cool down
  • Lunch and a crossword–themed snack included
  • Lots of fun

This year’s tournament will be held at the Fowler Museum at UCLA.

Past tournament puzzle packs are available for $5 each at CrosswordNexus. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Reading to Kids.
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