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Monday, June 12, 2017

The Sixth Minnesota Crossword Tournament


Left to right: George Barany, Jeffrey Wechsler,Victor Barocas, David Hanson, C.C., Andrew J. Ries, Chris Adams, Tom Pepper &  David Liben-Nowell

Left to right: George Barany, Jeffrey Wechsler,Victor Barocas, David Hanson, Andrew J. Ries, Chris Adams, Tom Pepper &  David Liben-Nowell


 
The beautiful Landmark Center

  David Liben-Nowell and Tom Pepper 

Victor Barocas & George Barany 

Tom Pepper and Marcia Brott

Jeffrey Wechsler & George Barany

C.C. & Tom

Boomer and Peppermint Patty
Entryway to the St. Paul Hotel



Tournament Notes:

Final result: Marcia Brott's team won the Team champions. Alyssa Mondelli is the Amateur Division champion and Carl Voss is the Expert champion.  Congratulations to all the winners!

Thanks to Victor for his tireless work editing all the puzzles, esp for helping me with my theme. His puzzle this year is very clever, like all his puzzles. 

Andrea Carla Michaels and Mark McClain (not present) made another smooth puzzle despite some difficult letter combos. Andrea is coming to MN next week and I look forward our lake walk.

George and Chris elevated a common puzzle gimmick. Wonderful local tie-in.

David Hanson's puzzle has a tight and consistent theme set. Great title too. Ages ago, David used to comment on our blog as Rosebud.

Andy's theme is lovely. Sparkly theme entries, fill and thoughtful clues.

Jeffrey the Artist was busy working, but we had a few quick spurts of chat. He's truly passionate about puzzle making and constantly challenges himself.

David Liben-Nowell's puzzle is another masterpiece. Just amazing!

Tom's puzzle is a crowd-pleaser. Incredibly clean (his trademark). One solver walked up to him afterwards marveling at the middle theme answer.

Andrew's themeless has a gorgeous stagger stack. He also had the tough job of writing three different sets of clues for the finals.

Thanks to the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library for hosting this event every year. Thank you, Liz, all the sponsors and volunteers!

Thanks to Argyle & D-Otto for test-solving my puzzle and giving me constructive feedback. I love you guys!

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