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

Advance registration is now closed for Crosswords LA, but 20 additional seats are available for walk-in individual competitors ($60), doubles competitors ($85 for both of you), or “casuals” ($45) on tournament day. Walk-ins are expected to pay with cash.

  • Four competitive brackets: Expert, Regular, Rookie, Doubles
  • One non-competitive bracket: Casual
  • Additional competitive raffle prizes, plus gifts for everyone
  • Freebie puzzles and games to warm up and cool down
  • Lunch and a crossword–themed snack included

This year’s tournament will be held at the University of Southern California.

Past tournament puzzle packs are available for $5 to $8 each at CrosswordNexus. A portion of the proceeds are donated to Reading to Kids.

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