First up: it's the Boston Crossword Puzzle tournament. Technically, it's Harvard University Crossword Tournament, but those who run it were kind enough to open it up to the greater Cambridge area. For this year, all of the puzzles will be by Boston-based constructors: Pat Duggan, Will Johnston, Joon Pahk, David Quarfoot, and some jerk named Brendan Emmett Quigley. Stalkers take note: most of those folks will be in the house. The inimitable Will Shortz will be in attendance as well. Best part? The tickets are a measly $10. Click here for more information.
Secondly, my old band, Hip Tanaka, will be doing a one-off reunion show Saturday night at Great Scott in Allston. To whet your appetite, I've put up our two best albums for free on our tumblr page. As an added bonus, I'll be giving a copy of "Diagramless Crosswords" to every person who goes to both events.
Share the puzzle. New one on Thursday.