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The Boswords 2024 Summer Tournament is

Sunday, July 21, 1:00-6:00 pm Eastern

(In-Person & Virtual)

Registration opens on Saturday, June 15


2024 Summer Tournament Location

The Roxbury Latin School

West Roxbury, MA


What is Boswords?

Click here to read more about us

Directors: Andrew Kingsley and John Lieb

Puzzle Editor: Brad Wilber

And Thank You to Our Awesome Partners. Click their logos below to check them out!

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2024 Spring League puzzle pack and all past puzzles available for purchase below. 

There are three levels to the Spring Themeless League . . . Which one should I sign up for?

STORMY is the most challenging level, clued a bit harder than a NYT Saturday.

CHOPPY is clued like a Friday NYT.

SMOOTH is clued like a Tuesday NYT. 

Still unsure? Try out any level of the new practice puzzle below to see the level that suits you best!


Note: If you aren't participating in the Spring Themeless League but would still like the puzzles from the league, you can still purchase all 11 here. You will receive the puzzles via email after the league ends on Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Note: WW stands for Winter Wondersolve, our February event which includes four puzzles (three themed and one themeless). 

Boswords T-Shirts

(Mint or Navy)

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T-Shirt -- $30

(Price includes shipping)


A percentage of the proceeds from the Boswords 2024 Spring Themeless League will be donated to each of the three charities below. Of course, we welcome you to donate to these organizations on your own. Please click the links below to view their sites and contribute.  

Anna Shechtman

Anna Shechtman (she/her) is a Klarman Fellow in Literature and Media Studies at Cornell University and a crossword constructor at the New Yorker. Her first book, The Riddles of the Sphinx, about the feminist history of crossword puzzles and the sexual politics of language, will be released by HarperOne on March 5, 2024.

Ben Zimmer

Ben Zimmer (he/him) is a linguist, lexicographer, and word nut. He is the language columnist for The Wall Street Journal, chair of the American Dialect Society's New Words Committee, and vocabulary judge for the Scripps National Spelling Bee. His puzzles have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, AVCX, and Defector, and he officiates at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament and Lollapuzzoola. You may also know him as The Barnacle on the "Fill Me In" podcast.

Nova Qi

Nova (she/her) is a PhD student in neuroscience at Columbia University, where she works with fruit flies. She's been constructing since 2020 and has run puzzles in the LA Times, Inkubator, and the Modern, and she's looking forward to sharing many more creations in the future. If she's not working on a puzzle or in the lab, she's probably catching a movie, at a metal concert, or exploring craft beer around NYC.

Shannon Rapp

Shannon Rapp (she/her) is a biomedical research administrator in St. Louis, Missouri. She is a co-organizer of the inaugural Midwest Crossword Tournament, an editor for Lil AVC X and Lemonade Disco crosswords, and a volunteer for Daily Crossword Links. Her puzzles have appeared in AVCX, the Los Angeles Times, Universal, Fireball, The Modern, The Inkubator, USA Today, The Browser, and The New York Times. She also enjoys coffee, theater, burritos, and traveling with her partner.

Michael Hawkins

Michael Hawkins (he, him) is an electronic resources librarian in Washington state, whose crosswords have appeared in Universal, AVCX, and The New York Times. His other pursuits include writing, printmaking, mosaics, gardening, and making the next great word puzzle app.

Kate Baicker

Kate Baicker (she/her) is a health economics professor and is Provost of the University of Chicago. Her puzzles have appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the LA Times, and Universal Crosswords. She loves connecting with new collaborators – including the amazing Garrett Chalfin (who only makes her feel a little bit like a late bloomer)!

Garrett Chalfin

Garrett Chalfin (he/him) is a first year student at the University of Chicago, primarily interested in political theory and the philosophy of metacognition. His puzzles have appeared in the New York Times, the LA Times, Universal and AVCX. While he discovered crossword construction independently, it’s been such a pleasant surprise to find fellow constructors in his immediate surroundings. First, it was Andrew Kingsley, his high school English teacher, and now it’s Kate Baicker!

Emily Sharp & Kumal Nabar

Emily (she/her) and Kunal (he/him) started solving crosswords during Zoom dates when living on opposite coasts in 2017. They first began constructing puzzles in 2020 and have been published in the USA Today, Apple News, and AVCX; Kunal has also been published in the NY Times and LA Times. Emily and Kunal now live in the Bay Area and New York, respectively, and continue to solve crosswords on Zoom dates.

Jess Rucks

Jess Rucks (she/her) is a wife, mom, and hooman to her spouse, kiddo, and cat, respectively. Labels aside, she provides in-school mental health therapy for elementary and middle school students. She is keenly aware of the power of words and how they simultaneously impact and reflect societal values and norms. She strives to be intentional and inclusive when creating puzzles. Her crosswords have been published by Universal, LA Times, USA Today, and The Inkubator.

Geoffrey Schorkopf

Geoffrey (he/him) lives in Atlanta with his partner, toddler son, and two cats. He enjoys disc golf and vinyl records. You can catch him volunteering at the Oakland Cemetery and walking in the botanical garden. Geoffrey is pretty new to constructing puzzles, and has loved collaborating on crosswords with new friends across the world. Happy solving!

Brad Wilber

Brad Wilber (he/him) is a librarian and a writer originally from central New York. His crossword constructing resume includes many themeless puzzles, both solo and in collaboration. He was the last editor (2014-2020) of the now-discontinued Chronicle of Higher Education crossword. More recently, besides his work at Boswords, he has become part of the testing team at the New York Times.

John Lieb

John Lieb (he/him) teaches Math and coaches football and baseball at The Roxbury Latin School. He loves every aspect of organizing Boswords! Thank you for solving with us!!

2023 Fall Themeless League Scoreboards
2023 Summer Tournament 
2023 Spring Themeless League Scoreboards
2023 Winter Wondersolve Scoreboard
2022 Fall Themeless League Scoreboards
2022 Summer Tournament 
2022 Spring Themeless League
2022 Winter Wondersolve Scoreboard
2021 Fall Themeless League Scoreboards
2021 Spring Themeless League Scoreboards
2020 Fall Themeless League Scoreboards

          Event Address:

 The Roxbury Latin School

  101 St. Theresa Avenue

West Roxbury, MA, 02132

Note: Parking is FREE. Enter the front gate of the school and we will direct you to the parking lot and the tournament hall. 

Public Transportation

Roxbury Latin is located on the MBTA busline. From Forest Hills Station take either the Charles River bus or the Stimson via Belgrade. Get off on Centre Street at St. Theresa Avenue. The School is at the top of the hill on the right.

An Uber/Lyft ride from Forest Hills (last stop of Orange Line) to Roxbury Latin costs approximately $15.

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