The Challenge: The recent newspaper profile of T Campbell reminded me that I have been remiss in launching that blog contest T and I had discussed. In keeping with the epic size of his Ubercross Fiddy puzzle, this contest is going big: Think of a lively entry that’s between 24 and 50 letters long, and pair it with a good clue. The New York Times Sunday puzzle sometimes goes plus-sized with a 23×23, but the really big answers demand the Fiddy scale, which is 50×50.
The Prize: The coolest answer/clue combo (as judged imperiously by me) wins a hard copy of the Ubercross Fiddy, a $14.99 value. That’s three 11″x17″ sheets with the grid in the middle of page 2 with clues above and below it, and pages 1 and 3 filled with clues. I worked the puzzle on a good-sized lap desk but any desk or table will do, too. (Not recommended for commuter solving, as you’d be elbowing your neighbors.) The grid squares are about the same size as in newspaper crosswords. And as I’ve said before, the puzzle’s got all this:
- 768 entries and clues, with an Onion A.V. Club crossword vibe and playful clues
- Regular crossword symmetry
- No full-on repeats in the fill
- No 2-letter answers
- Fits the sensibilities of Gen Xers and Millennials, so it’s not your grandmother’s crossword (I mean, look at the title—does your grandma know that people call rapper 50 Cent “Fiddy,” and that this puzzle is fiddy-by-fiddy?)
- No reliance on names known only to hardcore sports fans (if sports is your cruciverbal Achilles heel, rejoice!)
- Precious little in the way of deadly crossings
The Details: Leave your submissions in the comments by next Friday, April 23, at noon Central.