Portland to Host 2014 Puzzlers’ Convention 

The Maine city of Portland has been chosen as the site for next year’s annual convention of a national group devoted to word puzzles. The National Puzzlers’ League says it will hold the convention at the Westin Portland Harborview hotel from July 17-20, 2014. The NPL was founded in 1883 and is recognized as the world’s oldest puzzlers’ organization. The Portland Press Herald, says 175 to 200 people – including some hard-core word puzzlers – are expected at the convention, which will feature puzzle competitions, lectures and appearances from well-known puzzlers, including Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor at The New York Times and a contributor on National Public Radio. The past four conventions have been held in Austin, Texas: Portland, Ore.: Providence, R.I.: and Seattle.