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March 11, 2009

more thoughts on the crossword world

Filed under: crossword puzzles — ilivetolearn @ 2:35 pm

Well, yes, my life has actually changed since the ACPT. I never used to bother doing the Monday to Wednesday puzzles and now I do them all–there’s always something to learn, or something funny, or just the thrill of having seen the constructor of the puzzle in person. (I never paid much attention to the bylines before.) I’m not obsessively timing myself, but if I do go back in 2010 all this practice will redound to the good.

It was a kick being in a room with so many smart people. My neighbor at the Saturday table managed to work into the conversation that he had been a Jeopardy champion; I’m sure he wasn’t the only one. The general level of discourse reminded me of my favorite dining-hall moments of college–in fact, I ran into a ’75 classmate, who was there with his dad. Very sweet.

And now I’m addicted to KenKen too. Thanks, Will Shortz.


1 Comment »

  1. That is just too cool that you were in the crossword puzzle tournament. I feel like I need to tell everyone I know! I remember when you tried out for Jeopardy. (Unrelated-this year the frog/fish have come up a full month earlier than last year! I look forward to hearing about your carp. Also, every time I consider planting dahlias in our garden I think of you and the lovely ones you grew. Unfortunately I always conclude that I will not care for them properly and so don’t take the plunge.)

    Comment by Sarah — March 11, 2009 @ 5:38 pm | Reply

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