KCUR 89.3’s Virtual Crossword Puzzle Tournament


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KCUR 89.3 Hosts Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Presented by Andrews McMeel Universal

KANSAS CITY, MO (June 15, 2021) — KCUR 89.3 hosts its third annual crossword puzzle tournament for puzzle lovers in Kansas City and across the country on June 24, 2021, enabling participants to solve a variety of different crosswords in a fun, virtual environment.

Presented by Andrews McMeel Universal (AMU), the tournament features senior reporter and KCUR editor Dan Margolies paired with AMU crossword creators David Steinberg and Amanda Rafkin as hosts. The event will be held from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. CDT. The format will feature two timed rounds followed by a timed final to determine the Grand Champion of the 2021 tournament.

Festivities are open to challengers and spectators alike, promising plenty of entertainment, with prizes awarded to the top three finishers.

Three unpublished and original puzzles will be featured, edited by Steinberg with creative consulting by Rafkin, and puzzle construction contributed by another AMU crossword creator, Erik Agard. All will serve as puzzle masters of the event. Through their work editing the USA Today and the syndicated Universal and Sunday Universal Crosswords, and as veteran participants in national puzzling events, all are lauded for the innovation they have brought to crosswords.

As a longtime crossword puzzle connoisseur, Steinberg shared his excitement around the upcoming event. “I’ve been participating in crossword tournaments for 10 years now, so I’m especially excited about going behind the scenes and helping run one of these tournaments,” he said. “The first tournament I attended — the Bay Area Crossword Tournament in 2011 — was such a thrill since I’d never been in a room with so many people who shared my passion for crosswords. Online tournaments are a little different, but I’m confident that the vibrant crossword community will make this one feel just as magical for first-time contestants!”

KCUR and AMU look forward to an enthralling night of challenges, competition and enjoyment. Please visit this link for more information.