I'd first read about the 35-Across in "Games" back in 1991. (Found it on the web here.) It sounded like my kind of thing. Hell, I grew up in the suburbs of Boston, so maybe, just maybe someday I'd get to it. But other things got in the way and the excuses piled up: all the years spent in a band, the "lost decade" wherein I pretended I wasn't really a member of he puzzling community, etc. Well, excuses no more. My condo is in the shadows of M.I.T., so I'm within stumbling distance of the contest. Emphasis on the word "stumbling." No way I'm catching cat naps on the campus floor, thank you, when my own bed is just around the corner, thank you.
You might be asking, who's on your team, Brendan? Regular readers of the blog might know the name of puzzlemaker Eric Berlin (he invited me to join his team "Palindrome"). And in a weird aligning of the planets, I happen to find myself on the same team of an Eric Albert, the author of said "Games" magazine article that sparked my interest in the hunt in the first place. Wowza. Looks like I'm on a winning team too as evidenced in the list of past winners on the wiki page. (Pressure's on, gulp.)
Before I go: could the powers that be out there please make this band famous? Thanks ahead of time
Share the puzzle. New one on Monday.