AI vs Human

Fabrurary 9th, 2023
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm CET
/ 7:30 am – 9:00 pm ET

On the evening of February 9 2023, the multilingual WebCrow crossword solver faced off against human in live and online session as part of the WAICF 2023, the World AI Cannes Festival. Participants had the chance to try challenging WebCrow on French Crosswords puzzle, American Crosswords puzzle or Italian Crosswords puzzle!

The WebCrow artificial intelligence software, developed by the University of Siena in collaboration with, is now capable to tackle French Crosswords puzzle thanks to the collaboration of 3iA Côte-d’Azur.

World AI Cannes Festival 2023

Challenge program

Crosswords puzzle authors

French Crossword puzzles are available thanks to two French authors:

 Serge Prasil and Michel Labeaume

Here you can find some words of Serge Prasil experience.

American crossword puzzles are available thanks to:

AVCX Crosswords
AVCX – Crosswords for the (not) faint of heart

Italian Crossword puzzles are available thanks to:

 Giovanni Sordelli (Sudoku Edizioni).

Challenge details

At around 1:45pm CET (7:45am ET) the challenge took place, which involved solving 3 crosswords:

  • a demo crossword puzzle for becoming familiar with the gaming platform
  • a crossword puzzle valid for the ranking: medium/easy difficulty
  • a crossword puzzle valid for the ranking: medium/hard difficulty

Participant could choose the language: French, American or Italian!

The demo crossword puzzle had 5 minutes resolution time limit. No score was assigned and it did not contribute to the ranking.

The other two crossword puzzles were valid for the ranking and they had will a maximum resolution time limit of 15 / 20 minutes.
The challenge officially closed at 2:35 pm CET (8:35 am ET).

Some pictures