Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute graduate Tyler Hinman won the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for the seventh time last week, but don’t call it a comeback, he says.
The Connecticut native has been solving New York Times puzzles since his teens and has been competing nationally every year since 2003. He started making headlines in 2005 when, as a 20-year-old college student, he became the youngest person to win the national crossword competition. The next year, in 2006, the computer science major won again. And he just kept winning through the end of the decade.