Lollapuzzoola 13 happened on Saturday, August 15 – which was a Saturday in August. We had over 1200 contestants playing virtually, and we are over the moon with joy as to how it all turned out. We are grateful to all of you who participated, and to everyone working behind the scenes, without whom none of this would have been possible.
Express Division – David Plotkin (Jeff Davidson, 2nd; Jenna LaFleur, 3rd)
Local Division – Ryan Booker (Paul Madwychuk 2nd; Matthew Luter, 3rd)
Pairs/Groups Division – Kevin Carde, Vivian Kuperberg, Yuval Wigderson
Downs Only Division – Erik Agard (4th overall)
Tournament Directors and Editors: Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer
Tech Wizards: Kevin Der and Vincent Siao
Crew Chief: Mike Nothnagel
Stream Manager: AJ Hernandez
Puzzle Constructors: Brooke Husic, Sid Sivakumar, Rachel Fabi, joon pahk, Stella Zawistowski, Robyn Weintraub (finals), Amanda Rafkin (tiebreaker), Patrick Blindauer and Brian Cimmet (practice tournament)
Puzzle Testers: Anne Ellison, Dan Feyer, Doug Peterson, Patti Varol
Twitch Moderators: Andrea Baker, Howard Barkin, Doug Peterson, Steve Smith
Additional Games: Francis Heaney and Neville Fogarty
If you already purchased the Next Day Division tickets and you have not yet received your puzzles, here is some information:
Lollapuzzoola is a crossword tournament held annually on a Saturday in August. Traditionally held in New York City, this year's tournament will be virtual – but the fun and games remain the same! Puzzles are commissioned for Lollapuzzoola, and made by the best puzzle makers around.
Lollapuzzoola is cohosted by Brian Cimmet and Patrick Blindauer. Contestants battle in several divisions: Express (for speedy solvers), Local (for normal Earthlings), Pairs, and the Next Day Division for people who want to solve on their own terms.
There are seven tournament puzzles as well as other additional games. This year, with the tournament taking place online, you will have to provide your own snacks and other distractions.
We will also have a live Twitch stream alongside the online solving interface.
Everyone solves the same five puzzles, and is scored on the same metrics of speed and accuracy. The best solvers in each of the Express and Local Divisions will compete in the Championship Finals which we hope to stream to you live.
Solo players compete in either the Express or Local Division. Express is for people who are top 20% finishers at Lollapuzzoola or other tournaments, Local is for everyone else. Pairs competitors play in a separate division.
The official tournament events run from 1pm to 6pm (Eastern Time). There will be a championship round at the end, and other non-tournament games during the day.
The Next Day Division can be done non-competitively at your leisure.
Lollapuzzoola has grown from a small church basement classroom with 23 contestants in 2008 to the largest crossword tournament in New York City (over 900 players in 2017, between the live tournament and the At-Home Division).
Our primary focus is entertaining you. Lollapuzzoola is built on the foundation of making puzzles and puzzle tournaments fun for everyone, regardless of experience or skill. We look forward to sharing that fun with all of you!
If you have any questions for us, click the button below to send us a message.
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