Big ups to Tyler Hinman for pointing out one of the entries in the above puzzle. If you aren't already following Mr. Five Peat himself on Twitter, you'd better get on that posthaste. You may just learn a thing or two about speed solving.
Speaking of speed solving, it's official: I've come out of retirement. I'm, ahem, back, baby! I'm like the Brett Favre of the crossword world, except, I uh, haven't won anything. Wait, no, I came in second in the E division back in 2000, so I got some cheap-ass trophy around here somewhere. Yeah, big frigging whoop. Fine, let the record show: it's been four years since I came in the completely improbable slot of 123 (out of 498) at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.
A lot has happened since. Mainly, I've been making puzzles for these tournaments instead of competing in them. But, then again, I've been solving substantially more puzzles thanks to Alex Boisvert's brilliant and free (with a suggested donation) program Crossword Butler. Couple things going against me, though: I'm over the hill now, and the playing field has suddenly sprouted up Speed Solving Terminators like Dan Feyer and Howard Barkin. So once again, I'll be aiming for that upper middle quarter-ish section.
Where am I competing you might ask? Lollapuzzoola. Three weeks away, folks. Get psyched. Get ready. Noo Yawk Sittay, here I come!
More stories about my training to come later. Watch this site.
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