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BookTrib Exclusive with Matt Ginsberg Creator of Dr. Fill and Author of ‘Factor Man’

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This past weekend was the 41st Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, CT. Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, this is the nation’s oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackled eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring was based on accuracy and speed. Prizes were awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allowed solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere. Author Matt Ginsberg, who wrote a software program called “Dr. Fill” that fills in the vertical and horizontal boxes of a crossword puzzle, was among those competing. BookTrib had a virtual conversation with Ginsberg about…

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