The Orcas are back! Budget cuts forced us to scrap the fancy-shmancy awards ceremony this year. (Now we’ll just have to imagine what Henry Hook would have worn on the black-and-white carpet.) We had a cute little magic show all planned and everything, but recent events led us to scrap it at the last minute. But, hey, we don’t need a splashy show to honor many of the great crossword puzzles from 2013. (Get it? “Splashy?” Orcas?)
As is tradition, the Orca Awards honor excellence in crossword construction and editing in several categories. This year, the Best Contest Crossword award joins the returning categories, and we’ll also confer both the Bob Klahn Award for Most Outstanding Clue and the Margaret Farrar Award for Constructor of the Year. The final award will be for Best Crossword of 2013.