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Boswords 2023 Spring Themeless League

Puzzle #3 solving week is Monday 3/20 -- Sunday 3/26

Late Registration is Available! (You can catch up)


Unfamiliar with the Spring Themeless League? Check out this introduction video made by director John Lieb!

Directors: Andrew Kingsley and John Lieb

Puzzle Editor: Brad Wilber

Video Maestro: Rob Gonsalves

If you submitted Puzzle #3 before 10:45 PM Eastern on

Tuesday 3/21, your results

should appear in the standings.

2023 Summer Tournament Date:

 Sunday afternoon, July 23 

The Roxbury Latin School, West Roxbury, MA


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

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2023 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 Saturday NYT
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!

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Spring Puzzle Pack

Note: If you are unable to pay the full $30 or $40 to complete in the Spring Themeless League, there is a

$5 discount rate in the drop-down menus below that you are welcome to pay instead. 

Note: If you aren't participating in the

Spring Themeless League but would still like the puzzles from the league, you can purchase all 11 here! You will receive the puzzles via email after the league ends on Tuesday, May 2, 2023

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

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A percentage of the proceeds from the Boswords 2023 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.  

Carly Schuna

Carly Schuna (she/they) is a circus performer and coach based in Madison, WI. Her crosswords have appeared in a bunch of awesome outlets, but arguably none as rad as Boswords. Carly enjoys baking, hanging out with her three dogs, and torturing herself with a years-long quest to learn five-ball juggling.

Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is a blogger, YouTuber, and podcast co-host. A former math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, he continues to coach a competitive public speaking team. He has published crosswords in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, AVCX, and (woo!) Boswords.

Kate Hawkins

Kate Hawkins (she/her) is a product manager, mother, serial hobbyist, and recent transplant from Oakland, CA to Hanover, NH. This means she probably technically lives on the Appalachian Trail. She has been constructing crossword puzzles since 2019.

Rafa Musa

Rafa (he/him) grew up in Brazil and has lived in the Bay Area for almost 10 years. His favorite activities include cuddling with his cat, browsing Zillow, and eating hot dogs with lots of mustard.

Jenna LaFleur

Jenna LaFleur (she/they) is a puzzle enthusiast from Washington, DC. She has finished in the top 10 at Boswords and Lollapuzzoola, and her crosswords have appeared in AVCX, the Inkubator, Queer Qrosswords, and more. She enjoys listening to podcasts, playing the drums, watching British panel shows, and petting her two very fluffy cats. Find her on Twitter at @postpunklesbian.

Nancy Serrano-Wu

Nancy Serrano-Wu (she/ella) is an immigration attorney in Belmont, MA, who began constructing crosswords as birthday gifts 2 years ago. She is a proud Colombian, and tries to increase representation in her puzzles by emphasizing BIPOC terms. She has been published in Spyscape, The LA Times, The Inkubator, Universal and The New York Times, and was included in the documentary, “Across and Down.” She also contributed to Grids for Kids, a puzzle pack raising money for youth-focused charities.

James Mulhern

James Mulhern (he/him) is an attorney from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. He's been making crosswords off and on for 15 years, often collaborating with his good friend (and soon-to-be groomsman) Ashton Anderson. His dog, Hugo, is never far from his side -- unless he (James, not Hugo...) is on the golf course.

Ashton Anderson

Ashton Anderson (he/him) is a professor of computer science at the University of Toronto, where he conducts research at the intersection of AI and society. These days he spends most of his hobby time practicing photography, but always enjoys returning to the technical craftwork and linguistic delight of constructing crosswords.

Adrian Johnson

Hope you had a nice Valentine’s Day! After the last day of AmeriCorps VISTA service for Laramie, Wyoming's own Adrian Johnson (he/him) immediately picked up some flowers and fled for a cabin in the hills of Tennessee (crossworld’s favorite 9-letter answer!) to be at one with nature, his partner and their dog while he contemplates the cruel realities of life and what to do next. At least he can puzzle and take cute cat pictures in the meantime. Follow him on Twitter (click on this image)!

Matthew Luter

Matthew Luter (he/him) is a writer and teacher in Jackson, Mississippi. Themelesses are his favorite puzzles both to solve and to construct; he posts a new puzzle every Tuesday morning at When not puzzling, he’s often reading, record shopping, or devising new flavors of homemade ice cream.

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 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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