I hope a lot of you are going to the fun Lollapuzzoola tournament in its fourth incarnation. Alas, I can’t make it this year (it’s Saturday, August 6, in Manhattan), but I went last year and also test-solved the previous year’s crosswords, so I know you’re in for a good time. You can play it any way you want—hardcore competition or a relaxed and fun afternoon with smart and entertaining people.
If you find the prospect of a crossword tournament daunting, you might take advantage of the “Google ticket” hints or solve with a partner. Lollapuzzoola is top-notch puzzles with a variety of challenges lurking within, but hey, you have options for making things easier on yourself.
The tournament’s cheap—just $25! Or $30 if you want to stay after for pizza and ice cream and more socializing.
Host Brian Cimmet has just announced the addition of a solve-at-home option. For $10, paid by August 14, you can get PDFs of the Lolla puzzles, which will not be made available after that date. I just forked over my ten-spot so I can receive the puzzles promptly the day after the tournament. Have you seen the list of all-star Lolla constructors? You don’t want to miss out, whether you can make it to NYC or not:
- Mike Nothnagel
- Elizabeth C. Gorski
- Andrea Carla Michaels
- Tony Orbach
- Doug Peterson
- Byron Walden
To register, or to prepay for the solve-at-home puzzle set, visit Be More Smarter now. Scroll down to the bottom for the PayPal ordering/registering link.