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AI beats a thousand of the world’s best human crossword solvers

A crossword-solving AI has beaten more than a thousand of the best human solvers at the prestigious American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

Technology 27 May 2022

2J2KT94 Stamford, Connecticut, USA. 02nd Apr, 2022. Solvers warm up before the start of play at the 44th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. The ACPT, founded in 1978 by New York Times puzzle master Will Shortz, is back this year as an in-person event after a cancellation in 2020 and a virtual competition last year.(Credit Image: ? Brian Cahn/ZUMA Press Wire)

Solvers warm up before the start of play at the 2022 American Crossword Puzzle Tournament

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AI has beaten more than a thousand of the best human crossword solvers at a prestigious competition and can complete The New York Times crossword more than 80 per cent of the time.

Dan Klein at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues created a two-part AI model called the Berkeley Crossword Solver (BCS) as a collaborative project during the covid-19 lockdown.

One component analysed individual crossword clues and created a range of solutions that …