The tournament was founded by Will Shortz in 1978, who still directs the tournament today. He is a creator of crossword puzzles and is currently the New York Times crossword puzzle editor.
There are eight original crosswords created and edited especially for this tournament. Scoring is based on speed and accuracy, with prizes awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize.
Read more on the history of crossword puzzle and try to solve the first known crossword puzzle ever published
They say as you age you should keep your mind sharp. One way is to solve crossword puzzles. Will Shortz has penned a few crossword puzzles books in his day. I believe this would be a good one to start with The New York Times Wild Crosswords: 150 Medium-Level Puzzles (New York Times Crossword Puzzles)
American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (www.crosswordtournament.com)