Competitive Crosswords

Over 60 Challenges from the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Boost your crossword game with this new collection of tricky grids from the world’s oldest and most popular puzzle competition, presented by crossword legend Will Shortz.

Competitive Crosswords is the second book in the Will Shortz Games line. From easy to tricky, this collection includes 60 innovative crosswords created exclusively for the competition by leading puzzlemakers.

Try to finish within the allotted time limits or challenge yourself with tournament-style play. Packed with expert solving tips, fun facts, and memorable puzzles, these crosswords will help you hone your wordplay skills and keep you entertained for days.


  • Easy to difficult championship grids
  • Brain-melting rebuses, punny wordplay, and themed puzzles
  • Crosswords with a scoring guide to re-create tournament-style play at home
  • Complete answer key

About the Author

Will Shortz is the crossword editor of the New York Times, founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, and the puzzlemaster for NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday." He lives in Pleasantville, New York.

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