An A.I. Finally Won an Elite Crossword Tournament

Checkers, backgammon, chess, Go, poker, and other games have witnessed the machines’ invasions, falling one by one to dominant A.I.s. Now crosswords have joined them. “Dr. Fill” algorithm wasn’t perfect; it finished the tournament with three errors. But its blazing speed—most puzzles in well under a minute—helped it outscore all comers, edging the top human by a razor-thin 15 points. Link

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