Originally, today’s post was going to be about the Eighth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition happening this weekend.
I was going to wish the participants good luck and talk about crossword tournament protocol and advice.
But that’s all been rendered moot, as the Eighth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition has been cancelled due to concerns surrounding gatherings of people during the ongoing Coronavirus situation.
And unfortunately, it’s not the only upcoming puzzly event that has been scuppered by preventative health measures.
Alas, the 43rd edition of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament has also been cancelled for health-related reasons.
Although Will Shortz is in discussion with the hotel and event organizers regarding potentially moving the tournament to later in the year, for now, ACPT won’t be happening.
I’m disappointed, of course, but I’m not at all surprised. With schools and libraries closing their doors for the time being, not to mention sporting events potentially being held in empty arenas, all sorts of gatherings are being cancelled or rethought in order to keep folks safe.
We here at PuzzleNation hope you and your loved ones are happy, healthy, and taking steps to stay that way.
Be well, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers. (And in the meantime, now you’ve got more time to practice your puzzly skills for the tournament’s talent show.)
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