Congratulations to Dr. Marie desJardins, who placed 44th out of 593 competitors in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn, New York last weekend. The tournament—directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz—is the nation’s oldest and largest crossword competition.
Competitors are judged based on their accuracy and speed while solving eight original crossword puzzles. Dr. desJardins placed 5th of the 87 Mid-Atlantic competitors, she was the 8th ranked woman in the entire tournament, and the top-ranked woman from the Mid-Atlantic.
Dr. desJardins was also awarded an “I Beat Dr. Fill” button for scoring higher than Dr. Fill, a crossword-solving program designed by software engineer Matt Ginsberg. The program pulls answers from databases of old crosswords, dictionaries, and sources like Wikipedia, but can sometimes get caught up on tricky clues, says a Boston Globe article.
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