6/27/08

MGWCC #004 -- Friday, June 27th, 2008 -- "For the Last Time: You Can't Say That!"



Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists! Welcome to week #4 of my crossword contest. If you're new to the contest and would like to enter, please see the site FAQ on the left sidebar for instructions.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS:
35 solvers successfully returned last week's puzzle, "They'll Never Abolish the Fed." That title wasn't a plea for returning to the gold standard, it was a reference to the winner of the last five Wimbledon championships on the men's side, Roger Federer.

The puzzle featured six theme entries, each of which included the surname of a Wimbledon champion: BORG QUEEN (Bjorn Borg), CASH FLOWS (Pat Cash), TEST OF WILLS (Helen Wills), ROE VS. WADE (Virginia Wade), LIKE A KING (Billie Jean King), and DOESN'T BUDGE (Don Budge). The five asterisked entries in the grid (WAH, BMI, LED, ONC, and AMPS) led to the correct contest answer phrase, WIMBLEDON CHAMPS, which you found by connecting those five entries -- which just happen to form, when connected, the shape of a tennis racket (see how awesome I am at Paint by clicking image at left).

Our lucky winner this week, whose name was chosen randomly from the 35 correct entries, is Sarah Knepp of Astoria, NY. Sarah has opted to receive an autographed copy of Sip & Solve Hard Crosswords as her prize.

Several solvers included horrific tennis puns with their entries: "I love it," "Aces!" "Quite a racket you've got going here," etc. I returned these lobs with "Thanks -- I'm here to serve." We crossword folk is witty folk.

Solution grid is above and also posted on the MGWCC Google Group:

http://groups.google.com/group/mgwcc


Reminder: join the Google Group to have the puzzle e-mailed to you right when it's posted each Friday afternoon, or to solve the electronic Across Lite version of the puzzle.

THIS WEEK'S CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS:

This week's contest answer is a seven-letter word that describes a good one we recently lost (N.B.: the contest answer word does not begin with the letter D). Send it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Tuesday at noon EDT. Please put the contest answer word in the subject line of your e-mail. To print the puzzle out, click on the image below and hit "print" on your browser.

WARNING: this week's puzzle references some vulgar language. If you might be offended by such language, please consider skipping this week's contest.

Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.

6/20/08

MGWCC #003 -- Friday, June 20th, 2008 -- "They'll Never Abolish the Fed"


Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists! Welcome to the third installment of my weekly crossword contest. If you're new to the contest and would like to enter, please read the site FAQ on the left sidebar for instructions.

LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: Last week's contest was successfully puzzled out by 46 entrants, a number that dwarfs the previous week's 34 entrants. Speaking of dwarfs: the three long theme entries in the grid were SKEEZY DOPER, SLEETY BATHFUL and FRUMPY HARPY, six words that can each change one letter to become the name of one of the Seven Dwarfs (Sneezy, Dopey, Sleepy, Bashful, Grumpy, and Happy). The missing member of the septet was Doc, who can be found -- with one letter changed, of course -- at 59-across. That entry -- DOH -- was the correct contest answer word, and hopefully what you muttered to yourself when you got it.

Solution grid is at left and also posted on the MGWCC Google Group:

http://groups.google.com/group/mgwcc

Reminder: join the Google Group to have the puzzle e-mailed to you right when it's posted each Friday afternoon, or to solve the electronic Across Lite version of the puzzle.

Our lucky winner for MGWCC #002 is Richard Kalustian of Tacoma, Wash., whose name was randomly chosen from among the 46 correct entries. Richard has chosen to receive an autographed copy of Sip & Solve Hard Crosswords as his prize.

THIS WEEK'S CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS:

This week's contest answer is a two-word phrase that's a total of 15 letters long. E-mail it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by noon Eastern time on Tuesday, June 24th to enter. Please put the two-word contest answer phrase in the subject line of your e-mail. To print the puzzle out, click on the image below and hit "print" on your browser.




Enjoy the solstice, solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.

6/12/08

MGWCC #002 -- Friday, June 13th, 2008 -- "It Themes Like Something's Missing"

Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists! Welcome to the second edition of my weekly crossword contest. If you're new to the contest and would like to enter, please read the Site FAQ on the left sidebar for instructions.



LAST WEEK'S RESULTS: 34 solvers correctly unraveled the whodunit of MGWCC #001, "It Was 40 Years Ago Today." The contest answer word was CIA, which, as the clue for 71-across hinted at, appeared hidden in ten different entries throughout the grid. The most prominent of these were OFFICIAL STORY, SPECIAL AGENT, DISSOCIATION, MAGICIAN, and CIAO, BABY. Solution grid is at left and also at the MGWCC Google Group homepage:

http://groups.google.com/group/mgwcc

Reminder: join the Google Group to have the puzzle e-mailed directly to you right when it's posted each Friday afternoon, or to solve the Across Lite version.

Our lucky winner, whose name was randomly chosen from the 34 correct entries, is Jeremy Horwitz of San Francisco, Calif. Jeremy has wisely chosen to receive an autographed copy of Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses Who Create Them as his prize.



Great e-mail from last week's puzzle. Garrett Hildebrand wrote:

55A--confidently wrote in ISSO...Only much
pain later realized it could not be ISSO and now like the
clue even better because it can be [the incorrect] ISSO and [the correct] ISNT!


This e-mail warmed my cold, dark, unbeating heart, because the trap was set very much on purpose. You were supposed to put ISSO in there and suffer! The original clue was ["That ___ cool!"].

This is what I call an "answer-specific trap" -- there's a specific incorrect answer with the same number of letters in it as the correct answer, and I'm praying to mighty Athena that solvers write it in. That may sound mean...but hey, I was heavily influenced by the Henry Hook School.

THIS WEEK'S CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS:

Judging by the number of letters in each entry, you'd think this week's crossword had only three theme entries: 17-across, 37-across, and 61-across. But lurking somewhere in the grid lies a fourth theme entry. Which one is it? This week's contest answer word is the missing fourth theme entry. Send this entry (not the clue number, the entry in the grid) to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by Tuesday at noon to enter this week's contest. Please put the contest answer word in your e-mail's subject line.



To print the puzzle out, click on the puzzle image at left and hit "print" on your browser.

Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.

6/5/08

MGWCC #001 -- Friday, June 6, 2008 -- "It Was 40 Years Ago Today"




Ahoy, Fellow Cruciverbalists!

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest. Here's how it works: each Friday afternoon from now until the end of time, I'll post a new contest crossword. Follow these four steps to enter the contest each week:

1) Read the contest instructions. These change each week, so don't skip 'em!

2) Solve the puzzle. "Can I use Google to help me solve?" you ask? That's between you and your personal God -- but as a practical matter, you might as well Google away, because how would I know?

To print the puzzle out, click on the image at left, then hit "print" on your browser. If you'd prefer to solve using Across Lite, please join my Google Group at www.groups.google.com/group/mgwcc.


AL files will be posted there each Friday (and e-mailed to subscribers).

3) Figure out the contest answer word(s). The method for discovering the contest answer word changes each week, so be sure to read the instructions every time!

4) E-mail the answer word(s) to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com by the following Tuesday at noon Eastern time. Please put the contest answer word in the e-mail's subject line. A winner chosen at random from the correct entries will receive a signed copy of any book I've written (see list on sidebar).

Puzzle answers are posted the following Friday.

THIS WEEK'S CONTEST INSTRUCTIONS:

We kick this feature off with a good old-fashioned murder mystery, four decades in the making. Well, it's finally been solved! Finish the puzzle, figure out the guilty party's identity (as hinted at in the clue for 71-across), and e-mail it to me at crosswordcontest@gmail.com. The guilty party's identity is the contest answer word, and is three letters in length.

NOTE: please do not send in your solved crossword grid, just the contest answer word.

Solve well, and be not led astray by words intended to deceive.