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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Crossword/sudoku alert UPDATE

Posted By on Sat, Jun 28, 2008 at 8:00 AM

Ah, a rainy day. Good day to re-run a notice I'd posted earlier in the week.

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The Clinton School of Public Service will have its second puzzle day today (Saturday), with a guest celebrity crossword writer, Merl Reagle, and what's modestly billed as the state crossword and sudoku championship competition.

Things start cranking up at 1 p.m.

UPDATE: A good crowd and a good time. Wes Lacewell, a finalist last year, won the crossword competition. Beth Levi repeated as sudoku champion. (I tried sudoku. Ouch.)


For the second straight year, the Clinton School will crown the state’s crossword and sudoku puzzle champions at Arkansas Puzzle Day, officiated by famed crossword puzzle creator Merl Reagle, judge and commentator for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. Puzzle enthusiasts of all skill level are invited to participate in the tournaments. Prizes will be awarded to the winners. Judge Ellen Brantley was last year's crossword champion.

Reagle, whose puzzles appear in the San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Philadelphia Inquirer and Cleveland Plain Dealer among other newspapers, is prominently featured in the hit documentary film "Word Play." In the film, Reagle constructs a puzzle for The New York Times, which is shown being solved by famous crossword enthusiasts, including former President Bill Clinton, comedian Jon Stewart, Yankee pitcher Mike Mussina and popular musicians The Indigo Girls.

 When:    Saturday, June 28, 2008
                  1:00 p.m. – Crossword and Sudoku tournaments officiated by Reagle
                  4:00 p.m. – Lecture and Discussion with Reagle

 Where:   Clinton School of Public Service
                  Sturgis Hall


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