Lollapuzzoola 2022

So you want to join us for Lollapuzzoola this year? Excellent decision. The action happens on Saturday, August 27.

411: Lollapuzzoola is a crossword tournament, and this year will be the 15th incarnation. It’s a one-day event, five tournament puzzles (plus a final in multiple skill divisions), lots of bonus content (including meta crosswords, multi-puzzle suites, and more), and more Oreos than you can shake an Oreo at.

Lollapuzzoola will be live in New York City once again! We’re back at Riverside Church (same location as 2018 and 2019). We’ll also be holding a simultaneous online tournament with the same puzzles, so if you choose not to join us in person, you can still play along from home. Both events will run approximately 12pm-4:30pm, with the championship finals and awards ceremony extended about another hour after that.

You want to know who’s making the puzzles? The main tournament lineup is (alphabetically, not in puzzle order): Ella Dershowitz, Francis Heaney, Brooke Husic, Will Nediger, Paolo Pasco, and Pao Roy. There’s also a tiebreaker puzzle by Rafa Musa; a multi-crossword meta puzzle set by Kate Chin Park, Kelsey Dixon, Shannon Rapp, Carly Schuna, and Sid Sivakumar; a multi-puzzle suite by Foggy Brume; and possibly other things. You can read all about all these wonderful folks here.

COVID POLICY: All on-site participants will be required to show proof of full vaccination and remained masked while indoors.

This year, there are multiple ways you can join us:

  • Live, in New York City: This is the classic Lollapuzzoola experience. Join hundreds of other solvers, compete in multiple skill divisions, and share the social experience of the greatest crossword tournament ever held on a Saturday in August. You can compete as a solo player or as a member of a pair. Solo players should choose either the Express or Local Division. Express is for experienced solvers who typically finish in the top 20% at tournaments (Lollapuzzoola, ACPT, Boswords, etc.). Local is for everyone else.
  • Live, Online: At the same time as the NYC tournament, the puzzles will be available for solvers who choose not to attend in person. This will feature the same puzzles with the same rules, but the scores will be calculated in a separate division.
  • Solve Whenever You Want: After the live events conclude, solvers can access PDF and PUZ files of all the tournament content and solve at their leisure. There’s no official scoring system for this version, though we’ll share how the math works and you can calculate results for yourself.

The main tournament puzzles will run from 12pm-4:30pm EDT, with championships and awards to follow.

To purchase, choose a ticket option below. The sale will happen through PayPal (though if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can just use a credit card as with other online retailers). Watch for a confirmation page in your browser and another in your email. And if you have any questions, send us a note to lolla@bemoresmarter.com.




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