What is Lollapuzzoola?

General information

Lollapuzzoola is a crossword tournament held annually in New York City. Puzzles are commissioned especially for Lollapuzzoola, and made by the best puzzle makers around. Since its inception in 2008, Lollapuzzoola has grown to be the largest annual tournament in New York, and the second largest in the world.

The tournament

Lollapuzzoola  is cohosted by Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer. Contestants battle in several divisions: Express (for speedy solvers), Local (for normal Earthlings), Rookie, Pairs, and the At-Home Division for people who can't get to New York.  


There are seven tournament puzzles, a meta puzzle suite, and typically other assorted games (sometimes trivia or NPR-style events), goofy banter, unwarranted disaster, unnecessary noise, a boatload of snacks, and everyone communes over pizza at the conclusion.


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Get ready for 2018!

Lollapuzzoola 11 will be held on Saturday, August 18th, at Riverside Church in New York City. The tournament will run from 10am-4pm, with championships, awards, and pizza to follow.

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