American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this week? American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this week. Man, it seems like only yesterday when Will Shortz called me up and asked me to do a rush job Puzzle 5 replacement. Speaking of that puzzle, I've reposted it here to get y'all psyched up for the weekend. Or, relive the horror of last year's "bitch mother" puzzle. You decide. For the uninitiated, of the seven puzzles everyone solves, Puzzle 5 is intended to be so hard that it separates the contenders from the pretenders. The Heartbreak Hill, so to speak, if the ACPT is the Boston Marathon. Regardless, don't judge the whole weekend based on this puzzle. Most of them are decidedly gentler. And besides, it's really just a 48 hour party with your other family, you know, the ones in the puzzling community. No crosswords from me this year, the list of constructors are here. I will be judging, however. Or drinking. Probably not both at the same time. Regardless, if you see me there, come up and say "hi."
While I'm here, my man Peter Gordon has launched a Kickstarter campaign for his Fireball Newsflash Crosswords. If you have a couple of extra bucks, consider funding him will ya? And stay tuned for another Kickstarter crossword-related project that's dropping later this week.
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.