NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

KCUR 89.3's Crossword Puzzle Tournament, Presented By Andrews McMeel Universal


What: Virtual Crossword Puzzle Tournament

When: Thursday, June 24, 2021

6:30 PM – 9:00 PM CDT

Join KCUR's Dan Margolies and Puzzle Masters David Steinberg and Amanda Rafkin for an exciting evening of crossword fun. The virtual event has something for everyone, including three great puzzles, plenty of entertainment and prizes for the top three finishers.

We've teamed up with legendary crossword creators Erik Agard, David Steinberg and Amanda Rafkin and online tournament provider, Amuse Labs, to put your puzzling skills to the test against the clock! Puzzlers compete in two timed elimination rounds and face off in a timed final puzzle to determine the Grand Prize winner.

If competition’s not for you, cheer on our puzzlers as an audience member instead.

For practice with the online puzzle system, here's a sample.

Presented by Andrews McMeel Universal, the 2021 Crossword Puzzle Tournament is a fundraiser for KCUR.

Puzzle Masters

Amanda Rafkin, Associate Puzzle & Games Editor for Andrews McMeel Universal.

Amanda Rafkin

Amanda Rafkin is the Associate Puzzle & Games Editor at Andrews McMeel Universal, editing crosswords for USA Today and the syndicated Universal Crossword. She is also a crossword puzzle constructor and musical theater pianist in her hometown of Los Angeles.

Erik Agard headshot.png
Erik Agard, Crossword Editor for Andrews McMeel Universal.

Erik Agard

Erik Agard is a Crossword Editor at Andrews McMeel Universal, editing crosswords
for USA TODAY. He’s the author of Food for Thought Crosswords (2017) and a
winner of Lollapuzzoola (2016) and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (2018). Alex Trebek once threatened to pie him in the face. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

David Steinberg headshot.jpg
David Steinberg, Crossword Editor for Andrews McMeel Universal.

David Steinberg

David Steinberg edits the internationally syndicated Universal and Universal Sunday Crosswords for Andrews McMeel Universal. He published his first crossword in The New York Times when he was 14, making him the second-youngest constructor to be published under Will Shortz’s editorship. To date, he has had hundreds of puzzles published in the Times and other markets, and he is the author of two crossword books: Chromatics (Puzzazz, 2012) and Juicy Crosswords (Sterling, 2016).