I got a jaw-droppingly bad e-mail yesterday from a PR agency attempting to hit up crossword blogs to promote the DVD release of the Sandra Bullock bomb "All About Steve." You may recall that Sandra plays some insane puzzlemaker in it (reread my open letter to Hollywood here). Well, anyway, in the e-mail, they offered a tie-in puzzle for promotional purposes. I mean, I guess it's not the PR agency's fault they didn't realize the film insulted the intelligence of the crossword community in more ways than one. Hey, they're just trying to promote a film. And press is hard to get nowadays. I totally understand that. But next time, if you're planning on making a crossword to tie-in with a movie, you might want to ask a professional to do it. Like, me. I make promotional puzzles all the time. Yeah, so, anyway, for your entertainment, I posted their work here.
But anyway, they're offering up some DVDs as contest prizes. And I can't imagine anybody who goes to the number one crossword blog on the planet (patent pending) would want one. But hey, let's have fun, shall we? If you have an annual Bad Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Festival of Lights/etc. Gift Swap party, this DVD might be a winner. So, if you're game, leave a comment in the comments section detailing the most humiliating gift you've ever received. I'll pick the winners just before I post on Friday.
While we're here, one of my test solvers, Joon Pahk, posted a lovely themeless puzzle here. Good stuff.
By the way, the blog turned one yesterday. Thanks for all the continued support. Next stop: day number 368!
Share the puzzle (uh, mine and Joon's). New one on Friday.