The crossword tournament was a blast. Several people asked me to sign copies of my book, which of course I loved. One person recognized me without my name tag because she'd seen me on Merv Griffin's Crosswords. And a bunch of people said they appreciated my crossword blog. The attention? I eat that up. Big time. I'm a Leo, after all.
I made my goal for the tournament (with no room to spare in the rankings). I am still sleep-deprived because I haven't been catching up on my sleep, and I only slept from 3 to 7 a.m. Friday and Saturday nights. Not that there was insomnia—it was intentional. (Why go to bed early and find yourself unable to sleep from antsy nerves when you can be socializing during those hours instead?) But lousy timing—I have an eight-hour sleep debt to make up, and we're about to lose an hour with daylight saving time kicking in this weekend.
If you want a peek at the tournament, check out the article and video at ESPN Magazine. Yes, I said ESPN. As in sports. They had a reporter and cameraman working the tournament. In the video, you'll see four-peat champion Tyler Hinman, the 23-year-old guy I go to pub quiz with on Tuesdays. And Will Shortz, and assorted other people I know. ESPN, baby! The crossword nerds have long awaited attention from ESPN—when will the tournament finals be televised? Maybe that day is coming.
Edited to add this: If you want to try your hand at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament crosswords and send them in for scoring (to find out how you would have placed at the tournament), you can order the puzzles here.