Jan O'Sullivan wins 12th Annual Crossword Puzzle Contest; Accepts Prize from Will Shortz

February 6, 2011

Speed, accuracy, and experience made the difference for Jan O'Sullivan of Killingworth, CT, who was excited beyond words to win first place in this popular event after coming in second last year. 

The other finalists were Glen Ryan of Norwich and Jesse Lansner, a New York-based web developer. All the contestants were excited that Will Shortz, the editor of the NY Times crossword puzzle as well as puzzle master for NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday is the host of the contest here. Shortz is also the founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament which is held in Brooklyn every March.

Here is the winner and other scenes from the contest which was held on February 5.