T Campbell’s “Ubercross C-Spot” crossword
T Campbell, the crossword and comics fiend who’s been writing the weekly series of “Callin’ Them Squares” posts here to explore all the types of crosswords we encounter, wants to break the record for the biggest crossword that follows the prevailing rules of construction. A 120×120 grid is equivalent to 64 (!) 15x15s tiled together, and will not only beat the previous record of 111×111, but do so without relying on a slew of obscurities. (As for that giant Hammacher Schlemmer crossword you’ve all seen? It’s loaded with unchecked squares. Quelle horreur!) T has fun writing clues and it shows—so this will be no dry slog through the annals of crosswordese.
T isn’t going to construct this puzzle unless we make it worth his while, mind you, so he’s seeking funding via Kickstarter. Check out his page and chip in a few bucks—a mere $10 will get you an electronic copy of the “Ubercross C-Spot” crossword, and bigger donations bring extra premiums (just like when you donate to PBS or NPR). If you’d pay $9.95 for a book with 64 daily crosswords in it, the dollars-per-hour-of-diversion ratio is pretty much the same here. The funding deadline is August 26.
Pleasantville Crossword Tournament
Will Shortz just announced via Twitter that the 15th Westchester Crossword Puzzle Tournament, in Pleasantville, NY, will be held on Friday, October 21.
It’s in eight days! If you’re into crosswords (come now, there’s no use denying it) and you can be in Manhattan on Saturday, August 6, you owe it to yourself to attend The World’s Funnest and Most Whimsical and Yet Still Solid Crossword Competition (TWFAMWAYSSCC). Visit the Be More Smarter headquarters for details and registration.
If you can’t make it to Lolla, don’t miss the new solve-at-home option, because the puzzles will be awesome and surprising and stretch beyond what newspaper crosswords can do. $10 for seven puzzles might sound steep, but you can submit your scores and find out where you would’ve ranked at the tournament, plus those puzzles are going to be cool, I just know it.