Wednesday, 8/29/12

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Just got back to NYC! I'll catch up over the next couple days.

And if you didn't see this when I posted it on Facebook, check out my newly unearthed early attempt at crossword construction: Link that should work for everyone

Tuesday, 8/21/12

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I'm in California for the next week, so my daily solving will be sporadic.

Lollapuzzoola 5, 8/4/12

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Congrats to 2012 champion Joon Pahk! He handily defeated Francis Heaney and Kiran Kedlaya to take the prize. (Part of the prize was theater tickets that he can't use, so Francis got a little prize as well.) The Local Division champion, Glen Ryan of Connecticut, dominated his division and his final even more. Glen is "Express" fast -- you can see his times in my spreadsheet under the mysterious nom de puzzle "VT" -- but hadn't been to a major tournament before. Look for him to win the C Division this March...

Share your times on the Lollapuzzoola puzzles, whether you were in the room or solving at home. My times are from late-stage test-solving, so it's 99% the same as the final version.

Sunday, 8/5/12

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For the Second Sunday "Twice Removed", post the number of answers you come up with. I'm not done trying, but I'm not doing very well...

Saturday, 8/4/12

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Lollapuzzoola 5 is today! Once again, I'm helping out as a judge. With two-time champion Jeffrey Harris also joining the judges' ranks, it's a wide-open field. [EDIT: Scuttlebutt from the night before indicates that the favorites are Joon Pahk, Francis Heaney, Jon Delfin, Al Sanders, and possibly young Erik Agard...]

I've scheduled a LP5 spreadsheet post to go up when the tournament is over. Share your times and comments there!