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 ($55), doubles competitors ($80 for both of you), or “casuals” ($40) on tournament day. Walk-ins are expected to pay with cash.

  • Four competitive brackets: Expert, Regular, Rookie & Doubles
  • One non-competitive bracket: Participating “Casuals”
  • Amazing (and puzzling) prize packs from Marbles the Brain Store
  • 1st place Marbles prize pack includes JetBlue® and 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

The competition will be held at the Santa Monica Place’s indoor L3 event space, with lunch available both inside and on the rooftop Dining Deck. The finals will be outside, in the mall’s central courtyard.
Want to test your skill on some of our past puzzles? Puzzle packs from 2011 & 2012 are available here. It’s $5 for either puzzle pack, with all proceeds going to Reading to Kids.
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