The American Crossword Puzzle Tournament starts this week. It's the Super Bowl of puzzling. The mother of all puzzle tournaments. It's also the mother of all puzzle freak reunions. Lord knows, the last time I competed was in '06 and I managed to land at the impossible 123rd place overall. And let's face it, even if I knew the answers ahead of time, I still wouldn't do much better than that. And so, I opted to know all the answers instead and become a judge for this thing. So yeah, you guys go for the solving, I'll go for the adjudicating. We can all get heavy at the bar afterward. Sounds like a winning combination.
So will I have a puzzle in the Tournament this year? Well, technically I do. I have a diagramless in the Pick your Poison event on Friday night. We covered this fact already last Thursday, but it bears repeating. What also bears repeating is that unless you're one of I'll say 10 certain competitors you have absolutely no shot of winning this thing, so it should really be all about Meeting The Family. It's good, we don't bite, unless you want us too.
UPDATE: Okay, it can now be announced, I've got a puzzle in the tournament.
So yeah, to get us ready for the ACPT, I'm re-running some puzzles I made for them back in the day this week. If you like them, and you can't make the journey out to Stamford, Connecticut, you might consider one of the play at home versions. Same puzzles. Definitely cheaper. All that's missing is the human element but I guess if you keep tabs on #ACPT tags, you can have that covered too.
Anyway. Sign up today. See you all on Friday.