2009 Tournament

2009 Tournament

The first annual Boston Crossword Puzzle Tournament was held Sunday, April 5, 2009 at Harvard University. Over 250 people from Harvard and the community at large attended, and 150 of them competed in individual or pair divisions.

Prize winners

Overall division:

  1. Douglas Goodman
  2. Will Johnston
  3. Steve Smith
  4. Jennifer Turney
  5. Peter Rimkus

Pair solving division:

  1. Aaron Bader & Karen Chu
  2. Maureen Cennamo & Michael Rekrut
  3. Larry Shearer & Kathleen Moore

Undergraduate division:

  1. Michael O’Donnell
  2. Chelsea Link
  3. Manuel Antunes

Complete results


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Scoring followed American Crossword Puzzle Tournament rules. It is based on accuracy and speed, as follows:

    1. 10 points for every correct entry (“word”) you entered across and down;
    1. A bonus of 25 points for each full minute you finished ahead of the suggested solution time — but reduced by 25 points for each missing or incorrect letter (but not beyond the point the bonus returns to zero); and
    1. A bonus of 150 points for each completely correct solution
  1. In the case of a tie (which happened this year with 3rd and 4th place overall), the higher place is awarded to the contestant with the highest score on the last puzzle.