Many of us are fans of puzzle games, my gal more so than me, enjoys Words With Friends, Word Battle, and other word games that keep her noggin sharp and firing on all 4 cylinders. She plays Wordle every day, don’t get me started on that though. Anyhow, in my conversations with her about word games, it surprised me to know that the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament takes place annually in Stamford, Connecticut!

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We’ll get back to that in a moment, but first a little history lesson. In the 19th century a man by the name of Arthur Wynne from Liverpool, England invented the crossword puzzle. It was originally intended for children and found in children’s puzzle books and periodicals. The first appearance of crosswords in America was in 1913 where it popped up in the New York World Sunday newspaper. Other newspapers followed suit during the early 1920s, within ten years crosswords showed up in almost all American newspapers.

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Photo by Bannon Morrissy on Unsplash
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Now back to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament…this year’s tournament was the first in-person ACPT in three years.  ACPT’s website gives brief highlights of this year’s tournament:  “remarks by Josh Wardle, inventor of the game craze Wordle, who conducted a live Wordle competition on players' smartphones” - “It was filmed for HBO's "Real Sports" and a CBC documentary.” The winner of this year’s tournament (for the 7th time!) was Tyler Hinman. Not only is the tournament in Stamford, but Tyler here is also actually from Hartford and this is a pic of him with a nice smile after winning the whole thing back in 2007.

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I thought it might be interesting to do something different and give you guys a fun little puzzle to do on your coffee or lunch break.  The theme is Connecticut and i95!  This puzzle is fully interactive, you can type right in the boxes!  Thanks to www.crosswordlabs.com for this nifty crossword maker.  We don't want to spoil it for you, so some hints can be found in the photos below, and the solution can be found at the very bottom!

The i95 Crossword Challenge Will Keep You Busy Till Your Next Wordle

If you need some hints, here they are...

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