Fifth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition a Success!

Congratulations to all the puzzlers who came out to Tompkins Learning Partners’ 5th Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition on March 18! We enjoyed an amazing afternoon of wordplay, puzzle solving, and camaraderie.

 

Special Thanks to:

Adam Perl, Ithaca’s Puzzlemaster, for three excellent puzzles and a fascinating tutorial on the art of designing crossword puzzles

Rex Parker, crossword blogger extraordinaire, who shared words of wisdom on competitive solving and who even blogged about our event on Sunday

Gary Weissbrot, our event chair, whose passion for Tompkins Learning Partners makes this a can’t-miss event each year

 

The Puzzles:

(download as PDF files)

Easier Puzzle

Trickier Puzzle

Toughest Puzzle

Easier Solution Trickier Solution Toughest Solution

 

The Results:

Top finishers, within the allotted time, are followed by the rest of the finishing times. All times include 2 minutes added for each mistake.

Winners - Individual Competition

 
   
Toughest Puzzle Time
Jacob Lehman 13:11
David Mimno 30:05
   
Trickier Puzzle Time
James Perry 12:21
Diane Colman 12:37
Brian Cimmet 13:23
  16:15
  16:41
  18:19
  21:34
  22:23
  24:57
  33:40
  48:15
  55:38
   
Easier Puzzle Time
Emily Kadish 13:34
Carol Hoffman 24:47
Jean Senegas 41:53
   

Winners - Team Competition

 
   
Toughest Puzzle Time
Defending Champions 28:06
Totes Cruciverbalist 37:18
I Know That's 44:55
   
Trickier Puzzle Time
Cinnamon Challenge 6:50
Les Bon Mots 17:23
JoKillers 20:17
  23:59
  32:18
  33:04
  33:15
  34:44
  43:20
   
Easier Puzzle Time
Annabel Thompson Fan Club 5:55
Chemung Canal Crossword Crew 13:44
Three Aces 16:49
  19:26
  19:49
  56:11

Perfect Puzzlers

(All 1st Place winners were also Perfect Puzzlers)
CFC-Clue
Chemung Canal Crossword Crew
Blue Sky
Mariana Wolfner
Plan B
Les Bon Mots
Dolina Millar
Newfield Puzzlers
The DoERs
Adam Detzner
Diane Colman
Brian Cimmet
Honorable Mensches
Totes Cruciverbalist
David Mimno

If there are any mistakes or questions or if you are interested in your finishing time, please contact Gary Weissbrot at gweissbrot@hotmail.com.

 

Underwriters:

CFCU Community Credit Union
Chemung Canal Trust Company
C.S.P. Management
Tompkins Trust Company

 

Business Sponsors

Cinemapolis
Foster Custom Kitchens
Pastimes Antiques
Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes
Ithaca Bakery/Collegetown Bagels
Ithaca Times