A crossword contest!

Regular readers of the blog probably know the name George Barany. He’s a top-flight puzzle constructor and one of the masterminds behind the Barany and Friends puzzle group.

Last year, George launched the Enigma Variations puzzle contest, and this year, he’s got another terrific crossword contest for ambitious solvers! And he reached out to PuzzleNation Blog to help spread the word!

It’s called Eliminating the Competition, and it’s the brainchild of George, Ralph Bunker, John Child, Michael Hanko, and Roy Leban.

There are two levels of difficulty, the open division and the master division. The open division is classified as a mid-week New York Times difficulty level, while the master division is late-week difficulty.

And both puzzles have a meta puzzle hidden within that you’ll have to unravel to win the contest:

Contest (Open Division): Explain this puzzle’s theme, including its title. Specifically, explain the answers to the four indicated clues.

Contest (Master Division): Explain this puzzle’s theme, including its title, and any nuances you see. Bonus for Grandmaster level solvers: How was the “reveal” chosen?

Prizes include crossword books and subscriptions, as well as some prizes to be posted after the contest is over!

You’re welcome to try your luck against either puzzle! The contest ends Monday, February 8, at midnight, so the deadline is looming, but hey, that just adds a little drama to the proceedings, doesn’t it?

You can find the full details of the contest here. And good luck!


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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Crossword Contest edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today I’d like to revisit the subject of The Imitation Game. (And announce a contest!)

Constructor and science guru George Barany recently reached out to me, asking me to spread the word about a puzzle contest with some terrific prizes to offer. And it just so happens that the contest ties into the recent release of The Imitation Game.

The Imitation Game tells the story of Alan Turing’s efforts during World War II to break the German Enigma Code and deserve crucial intel to the British government. To do so, he recruited puzzle solvers and cryptography enthusiasts at Bletchley Park in England to crack the supposedly uncrackable code.

You can tackle the 1942 puzzle that was supposedly used to recruit aspiring cryptographers for Bletchley Park by clicking here!

But that’s not all! You can also wrestle with a Barany crossword original inspired by the movie (created with Ralph Bunker and Michael Hanko), with a chance to win crossword books or even a paid registration to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament!

Click here to test your mettle against Mr. Barany’s creation! And good luck!

The contest ends this Sunday, January 11, at midnight, so the deadline is looming, but hey, that just adds a little drama to the proceedings, doesn’t it? Rather apropos, considering its inspiration. =)

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