Thanks to NYT Puzzle Editor Will Shortz (and in no small degree to the movie 'WordPlay') the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, or ACPT, draws annual crowds that now exceed 600. The ACPT just concluded last weekend in Brooklyn, with 2010 champion Dan Feyer retaining his title in a way that leaves no doubt who's the reigning King of CrossWorld. Five-time winner Tyler Hinman was in 2nd place--hardly shabby!
Many of the folk who do the daily NYT puzzles also leave commentary and questions on the WordPlay blog; a few of them even use their real names. My blog name (blognomen?) is Mean Old Lady. which of course is NOT my real name, I don't think. The blog amounts to a little on-line community of those who share the puzzle passion--some being clever wags that never fail to entertain.
Thanks to Sara, those of us who couldn't attend have a few faces to put with those names now!
|Sara, Jim Gaskell, Janie Smulyan, KarmaSartre, and PJBraxton|
Sara's comment: "I'm just back from the ACPT, and boy is my brain tired!"
Seven puzzles (two of them intentionally brutal) in two days... with a bit of luck, maybe I can join in next year. (Surely we are due to have a calm, peaceful year, right?)