Northern Californians, take note: The Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament takes place Saturday, September 11, in Alameda. Competitors will solve three upcoming New York Times crosswords and a 21×21 puzzle constructed by Tyler Hinman.
On-site registration is $30. Proceeds benefit the California Dictionary Project, which aims to give a dictionary to every California third grader.
This is a small event, so if you find the giant ACPT to be daunting, give the Bay Area tournament a shot. You’ll meet other crossworders, get a sneak preview of unpublished NYT puzzles, and maybe even win a prize!
For more info, visit organizer Andrew Laurence’s website, bayareacrosswords.org.