Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, the country's oldest and largest crossword competition came to Stamford.
"Crosswords are a solitary activity, said Shortz. "You do them at home, on the bus, the train, or in bed, and you don`t know how good you are."
Puzzle-solvers tackled eight original crosswords, created and edited especially for this event. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed.
Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize.
"When you hang out with a bunch of puzzle people, it`s just a good time," he said.