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# Crossword Tournament Scoring

## Scoring

Submissions are scored on speed and accuracy. You will
lose points for
each erroneous word, regardless of the number of mistakes in the word.
However, if a letter intersecting two words is wrong, it will count
as two mistakes.

## Daily ranking

For each puzzle, players are ranked by score first (the higher the better),
then by time (the lower the better). So Joe with a score of 97% and a time
of 00:03:00 will rank higher than Mary who has a score of 96% and a
time of 00:02:30. However, if two players have the same score, then
the one with the shortest time will be ranked first.

## Monthly ranking

The **composite score** is used to determine the
**monthly ranking**.
It is calculated using a formula taking into account three things:

- The average score (the higher the better)
- The average time taken to complete a puzzle (the lower the
better)
- The total number of puzzles completed during the month (the higher
the
better)

For those of you interested, here is the formula we are using:

**CS** = (**AS** + 100 * 10^(-**
AT**/25000)
+ 100 * 10^(-(7***DM**-**NP**)/3000))/3

where:

**CS** is the composite score
**AS** is the average score
**AT** is the average time in seconds
**DM** is the number of days in the month
**NP** is the number of puzzles completed during the
month