ACTUARY Doug Hoylman, a 47-year-old crossword puzzler from Chevy Chase, won third prize Sunday in the 14th annual American Crossword Puzzle Contest in Stamford, Conn.
Hoylman solved the standard size 15 by 15 square puzzle, created especially for the finals by Trip Payne, in 12 minutes, 21 seconds. Winner Jon Delfin, a 36-year-old musician from New York City, completed the puzzle in 10 minutes, 16 seconds. It was Delfin's third consecutive victory at the national tournament, according to competition director Will Shortz. Second place went to attorney George Henschel of Springfield, Va.
The prize money was $1,000, $250 and $150. The three top finishers also received dictionaries and subscriptions to a puzzle magazine.