This Saturday, August 19, marks the tenth edition of the Lollapuzzoola crossword puzzle tournament!
For the uninitiated, Lollapuzzoola is an independent crossword tournament run by Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer, featuring puzzles constructed with a more freewheeling style than the traditional American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. As they say, it’s “the best tournament held in New York on a Saturday in August.”
The format is similar to BosWords. Competitors are placed in one of three divisions: Express (solvers with tournament experience), Local (other solvers), and Pairs.
Unfortunately for last-minute puzzlers — but very fortunately for the organizers! — the tournament has been sold out for weeks, so if you want to attend in person, you’re out of luck.
BUT! The At-Home Division is still open for any and all solvers to enjoy. For $15, you’ll receive the tournament puzzles the next day for your enjoyment (or frustration, depending on the difficulty).
It should be a great time, either in person or for solvers at home. Lollapuzzoola puzzles are one of the highlights of the puzzle year.
Are you planning on attending Lollapuzzoola or solving from home? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you!
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