As announced on the Crossword Club site here today…
After a four-year gap, I am delighted to announce that the Times Crossword Championship is back.
The 2023 Championship will be held on Saturday October 21st at Times HQ, the News Building, right by London Bridge station. We are returning to an in-person event, largely following the format of the 2019 contest – two qualifying sessions, a semifinal session for the highest finishers in each qualifier, and a grand final in which the top three semifinalists tackle one puzzle.
The winner will receive £1000 and will get to take home the coveted Times Crossword Championship trophy, and there will be further runner-up prizes, details to come.
There are no qualifying puzzles, and tickets will go on sale at the start of September, priced at £40 (£32 for Times subscribers), including refreshments. The 50 high-ranking 2019 semifinalists who were offered a guarantee of a place for 2020 will be contacted early to ensure they get a chance to book.
Further details, including a link to the competition website and information on how to book, will be given here on the Crossword Club, in the puzzles newsletter (sign up here) and in the paper over the next few weeks.
I plan on being there. I hope to see many of you there too.