Registration for the Spring Themeless League

is now OPEN! Scroll down to register!

What is the Spring Themeless League? Watch below for an intro...

Directors: Andrew Kingsley and John Lieb

Puzzle Editor: Brad Wilber

Video Maestro: Rob Gonsalves

Spring Themeless League Scoreboards - Week 7 FINAL
Do not hesitate to contact us if something is incorrect!
We want to get things right!

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

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Spring Themeless League Registration
& Puzzle Packet Purchasing

The puzzles from the 2021 Winter Wondersolve, 2020 Fall Themeless League, as well as those from our 2017-2020 summer tournaments, are available for purchase below.

STUDENT & DISCOUNT

$5

INDIVIDUAL

ADULT

$30

PAIRS

$30

$10

SPRING THEMELESS

LEAGUE PUZZLE PACK

If you are unable to pay the full $30 to compete in the Spring Themeless League, there is a $5 discount rate (marked with a "D" in the dropdown menus below) that you are welcome to pay instead. If you are unable to pay, please contact us at boswordstournament@gmail.com and we'll register you. 

If you are not competing in the Spring Themeless League and would still like the puzzles, we will email you all three levels of puzzles on April 27th.

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

What level do I sign up for?

Spring Themeless League Solvers Count

GIVING BACK

A percentage of the proceeds from the 2021 Boswords Spring Themeless League will be donated to each of the three Boston-based 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.  

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MEET THE SPRING THEMELESS LEAGUE TEAM
Rachel Fabi

Rachel Fabi (she/her) is a Syracuse-based solver, constructor, and tri-weekly blogger of crossword puzzles. She is a professor of bioethics and a "Jeopardy!" champion who enjoys bad puns, good trivia, and arguing about health policy and ethics on the internet (@faBioethics on Twitter). Rachel is a member of the USA Today constructor roster, and has also been published in the Inkubator, Universal, Queer Qrosswords, the New York Times, and Grids for Good.

Ryan McCarty

Ryan McCarty (he/him) is a consulting manager living in Washington, D.C. with his husband, Quinton. He has constructed several dozen puzzles in major publications, specializing in challenging themeless puzzles with wide-open grids. He just recently launched his indie crossword blog, McGrids. Outside of crosswords, Ryan sings as a baritone in multiple D.C. ensembles and composes choral music.

Patti Varol

Patti Varol (she/her) is the puzzle editor of Crosswords Club and Daily POP crosswords. She is also one of the founding editors/organizers of Women of Letters, the second volume of which is due to be released (finally!) in 2021. She recently moved from southern California to rural (well, rural to a girl from Queens) Illinois and is trying to be a good sport about it.

Brynn and Mark Diehl

Brynn Diehl (she/her) is an office manager at a private dental office in Cupertino. Her dad, Mark (he/him), is a dentist. Retired from active patient care with the Palo Alto Veterans Hospital, he now helps oversee veteran outpatient dental care within their local communities. Both have been solving puzzles for most of their lives. Added together, their crossword construction careers total more than 40 years.

Aimee Lucido

Aimee Lucido (she/her) has had her crosswords appear everywhere from the New Yorker to the New York Times to the AVCX. She is the author of several children's books, including the award-winning EMMY IN THE KEY OF CODE and the upcoming RECIPE FOR DISASTER. She lives with her husband and mini goldendoodle in Berkeley, CA where she likes to bake, run, and watch game shows.

Ricky Cruz

Ricky Cruz (he/him) is a graphic designer and illustrator in Southern California. He specializes in niche puzzles filled with references to gaming and anime. He created Crosscord, the open Discord server for crossword solvers and constructors to chat about puzzles. His puzzles can be found over at his blog, Cruzzles.

Brooke Husic

Brooke Husic (she/her) is a postdoc at Princeton doing research in computational biophysics. She likes going on long runs, making Spotify playlists, and sending snail mail to her friends. She regularly writes "smooth" crosswords for the USA Today and very "stormy" puzzles for her independent site, xwordsbyaladee dot blogspot dot com.

Kevin Der

Kevin Der (he/him) has had his crosswords appear in the New York Times since 2007, as well as other venues such as the ACPT, Lollapuzzoola, NPL Con, and the MIT Mystery Hunt. He is co-director of Couchwords, the world’s first online crossword tournament. He enjoys samoyeds, ube ice cream, and Icelandic classical music.

Peter Wentz

Peter Wentz (he/him) is an architect living in Raleigh, NC. He's a longtime freelance constructor for various outlets and is a regular contributor to Crosswords With Friends. Outside of the puzzle world, you'll likely find him playing ultimate, listening to podcasts, scrolling through social media feeds, and going on walks with his wonderful family - but not necessarily all at the same time.

Brad Wilber

Brad Wilber (he/him) is a librarian and a writer originally from central New York. He has been constructing crosswords for publication since 1993. For much of that time he has specialized in themeless puzzles, both solo and in collaboration. His byline has appeared well over 100 times on Newsday's Saturday Stumper, widely recognized as the most challenging puzzle on the scene. He was the last editor (2014-2020) of the now-discontinued Chronicle of Higher Education crossword.

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, except for dealing with time formatting in Google Sheets.

Andrew Kingsley

Andrew Kingsley (he/him) is currently in his second year of teaching English at the Riverdale Country School in the Bronx. When not teaching, he's likely reading, cooking, or watching something on the Criterion Channel.

FALL & SPRING THEMELESS LEAGUES INFO

The above link is for solvers who have registered for the fall themeless league.

Fall Themeless League Scoreboards

Weeks 1-8 FINAL Standings are available below

There is a Championship standings tab in the standings for each level

DIRECTIONS AND PARKING
(not for 2020's league!)

          Event Address:

 The Roxbury Latin School

  101 St. Theresa Avenue

West Roxbury, MA, 02132

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


 

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 $10.

Public Transportation