Hoffman Hall (basement)
University of Southern California
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


  • 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



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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