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Mastering Crossword Puzzles

Weekend All-Day Lecture/Seminar

Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0141
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Materials for this program

  1. Stan's Monday-to-Saturday Crossword Puzzles

Stan Newman (Photo: Howard Schnapp)

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll be solving puzzles faster and more accurately after this intensive and fun seminar led by Stanley Newman. He’s the crossword editor for Newsday, winner of the U.S. Open Crossword Championship, and holder of the world record for the fastest completion of the New York Times crossword.

A set of Stan’s Monday-to-Saturday crosswords of increasing difficulty is available now for downloading. Please complete them prior to the seminar and have them handy on August 21. Peeking at the answers is encouraged if needed.

9:30 to 10:45 a.m.  Behind the Scenes

How to select the best crosswords for you, use their hidden rules, and build your skills.

11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.  Secrets of the Champions

Strategies of tournament champs. Newman’s personal training regimen.

12:15 to 1:15 p.m.  Break

1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Tackling the Toughies

Breaking the rules. Building the mental flexibility that’s the key to success.

2:45 to 4 p.m.  How Crosswords are Made

Knowing how to think like a puzzle maker helps in breaking through logjams. Learn how it’s done—and maybe get started thinking about a career as a professional puzzler.

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