|Born||November 5, 1984|
Hartford, Connecticut, US
|Sport||Cruciverbalism, Other puzzling|
|Achievements and titles|
|National finals||2005–2009, 2021: American Crossword Puzzle Tournament|
Champion, Regional Champion, Age-Group Champion
Tyler Hinman (born November 5, 1984) is a crossword solver and constructor and a six-time winner of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT). He holds the tournament record for youngest champion ever, winning as a 20-year-old in 2005, and he formerly held the record for consecutive titles with five, a feat matched and bested by six-time champion Dan Feyer. He was one of the featured players in the award-winning 2006 documentary film Wordplay.
Hinman was born in Hartford, Connecticut and raised in Connecticut and in England. While a 9th grade student at The American School in England (TASIS), Hinman was introduced to The New York Times crossword puzzle and became immediately interested. He first entered the ACPT as a 16-year-old in 2001, finishing 101st out of the 322 entered contestants.
Education and career
After graduating from TASIS The American School in England in 2002, Hinman returned to the United States to attend Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where he earned a bachelor's degree in Information Technology in 2006 and joined the Phi Mu Delta fraternity. After graduating, he accepted a job in Chicago, Illinois as a bond trader at Darwin Capital Trading through a connection from the producer of the film Wordplay. After a little more than a year, Hinman left the industry, and he moved to San Francisco in 2008 to work in software development.
Hinman first entered the ACPT as a sixteen-year-old in 2001, finishing 101st in a field of 322 competitors. He continued to enter each year, capturing the tournament title for the first time in 2005 as a 20-year-old, making him the youngest-ever winner of the tournament. He won the next four tournaments even as they were growing in both size and competitiveness. In 2009 there were nearly 700 competitors, and with his fifth win Hinman had solved forty consecutive tournament puzzles without making a single error. His winning streak came to an end in 2010 when he finished fourth overall in the tournament. For the years 2011-2015 he finished second four times. He won his sixth ACPT tournament in April 2021.
Hinman is also a crossword puzzle constructor, creating original puzzles for publications including The New York Times and The Onion. He was also a contributor to the CrosSynergy Syndicate, and to the American Values Club Xword, edited by Ben Tausig. Hinman, along with fellow puzzlemaker Jeremy Horwitz, received national attention when they fulfilled a wish of San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson by including his name in a puzzle for the Times. The theme consisted of World Series-winning pitchers who share a name with vocalists on No. 1 hits.
- "Hinman '02 Unbeatable Crossword Champ Since 2004". The American School in England. March 10, 2008. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
- Baker, Chris (January 19, 2009). "Get a Clue: Top Crossword Solver Throws Down Geeky Challenge". Wired. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
- "2001: 24th Annual Crossword Puzzle Tournament Results". American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. April 23, 2007. Retrieved March 7, 2009.
- "Phi Mu Delta Triangle, Volume 84, Number 1" (PDF). The National Fraternity of Phi Mu Delta. Retrieved October 21, 2009.[dead link]
- "43rd American Crossword Puzzle Tournament". American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Retrieved April 26, 2021.
- Mike Cassidy (April 11, 2011). "Cassidy: Jeremy Horwitz and Tyler Hinman's Brian Wilson puzzle shows Silicon Valley's crossword chops". Mercury News. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
- April Neale (July 10, 2017). "Exclusive clip: Christina Milian squirms as puzzle expert Tyler Hinman struggles on SuperHuman". Monsters & Critics. Retrieved September 6, 2017.