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Officially, humans are the only ones who can enter the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, which was held in Brooklyn, New York over the weekend. But this time artificial intelligence expert Matt Ginsberg of On Time Systems has put his Dr Fill crossword solver to the test. As the results show, you don't have to throw out your pencil just yet.
This week, the puzzle masters at the ACPT put the hurt on Dr Fill, who according to a report in the New York Times, did terribly on two out of the five crossword puzzles and would have only ranked 141st among the 600 people that took the test. The program has done better in the past, and in simulated runs among fifteen former tournaments, Dr Fill came out on top three times.