Funded! This project was successfully funded on November 1, 2009.


I want to construct some original, interconnected, holiday-themed crosswords for you to solve (pencil/paper not included).

Hi! I'm a freelance crossword constructor whose puzzles have appeared in places like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and GAMES Magazine, and I plan to make a handful of puzzles (10-12), each one leading to part of a larger puzzle, which leads to a final answer. The final answers can be submitted until the end of 2009, and the winner will be selected from the correct entrants by random drawing. The winner will get a free registration for the upcoming American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Brooklyn, NY this Feb. 19-21, 2010 (transportation/hotel not provided). If the winner can't attend for whatever reason, s/he will get $290 instead.
The Puzzlefest itself will have a holiday theme, and the difficulty level will be around Wednesday/Thursday NYTimes level. Extracting the final answer will be trickier, though, so be sure to dig out your thinking caps for that part. I'm very excited about the concept I've developed; I think the puzzles will be tons of fun, filled with original themes and innovative hooks. For a sample of the kind of thing I like to do, please enjoy a never-before-published, Thursday-level crossword called "Project Planning" as a puz file or a pdf.
SOLUTION to "Project Planning"
To make this happen, I'm asking that people make pledges of $5 or more through the month of October, and if I have met my $2,000 goal by November 1st, I'll finish making the puzzles. If not, nobody gets charged a dime.
-Pledge $5 for the Puzzlefest.
-Pledge $30 for the Puzzlefest and two of my puzzle books.
-Pledge $200 for the Puzzlefest, three of my puzzle books, as well as a personalized, NYTimes-style crossword from my new etsy store. (I'm only offering 5 of these, so act fast if you want a puzzle for Aunt Hazel's next birthday.)
Pledge at whichever level is right for you. Special thanks to both BEQ (for hosting the extra puzzle) and Eric Berlin (for allowing me to embark on this endeavor). Here's hoping I get the chance to puzzle you all this coming holiday season.


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    The Puzzlefest as a pdf.

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    The Puzzlefest and two of my puzzle books.

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    The Puzzlefest, three of my puzzle books, and a personalized, NYTimes-style puzzle through my new etsy store.

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