Bryant Park


Coffee & Crosswords Come to the Reading Room

Hone your puzzle-solving skills at two workshops, then compete for prizes at the first-ever Crossword Puzzle Tournament in the park.

A lot of New Yorkers love crossword puzzles. They can be seen scribbling on their folded newspapers while riding the subway, eating lunch, or taking a coffee break, and their concentration amid the hustle-bustle of the city is impressive.

If you’re one of these puzzle-solvers, we invite you to Coffee & Crosswords, a three-day event at the Reading Room that includes two workshops and culminates with the first-ever Bryant Park Crossword Tournament. Facilitating this three-day festival of crossword is Mike Shenk, Crossword Editor at The Wall Street Journal, and Amy Goldstein, who test-solves and fact-checks every puzzle at The Wall Street Journal and is co-founder of Puzzability, to which Mr. Shenk also contributes. 

These fun workshops include an opening word game, an explanation of the ins-and-outs of crosswords, and also provide tips on cracking the language of clues and deciphering the themes. Bring your questions for a lively Q&A at the end.

At the Crossword Tournament, solvers compete on three original puzzles created by Mr. Shenk, with scoring based on accuracy and speed. There are valuable prizes in store for the top three finishers, including an Amazon Kindle for the champ, a Barnes & Noble NOOK for the runner-up, and a gift card to Bryant Park Grill for third place.

The workshops are 10am-12pm, September 13 and 14 and the tournament is 10am-12pm, Thursday, September 15. All three events are free and open to everyone, but pre-registration is recommended to ensure a spot in the tournament. We’ll supply pencils, but if you’re ultra-confident, you can bring a pen.  

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