One of the crossword tournament judges, Matt Gaffney, has written an article about his experience in the American Prospect.
He says the judges bantered about the incorrect entries they encountered while they were scoring the completed puzzles. My one mistake all weekend came in puzzle 1 (the first and easiest). And it gets a shout-out! I swear I didn't mean to write "TOWAWAY ZOTE." I had written "REPLAT" instead "REPLAN" for the clue "map out again," and I never noticed the evil T. (As much as I like seeing my name in print, I'm okay with not being mentioned by name in Matt's article.)
Fortunately, the mistake was of little import. I could've had a couple hundred more points, but I would have moved up only a few notches in the standings.