Crossword constructor Merl Reagle, working with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, is presenting the National Brain Game Challenge on September 30th at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Registration is $25 (benefiting the AFA, of course), and if you can complete the contest crossword super-fast, and then find the sure-to-be-devious hidden answer, you stand a chance to win up to $2,500.
This is the second year for this contest, and this time around they’re dividing up the contestants into two groups: “Professionals” (people who create puzzles or have won previous crossword tournaments) and “public” (everybody else). So there’s no reason to sit out because you fear getting trounced by crossword experts — those folks will be in their own division. Plus, the money is for a good cause. Plus Merl Reagle makes truly excellent and entertaining puzzles that are worth the price of admission even if you don’t win.
If you take part — good luck and speedy solving!