SPOILERS ABOUT LAST WEEK’S PUZZLE
Thanks to all who participated in the inaugural puzzle book contest. 42 people correctly identified a Triple Crown component that was not mentioned in last week’s grid. Both BELMONT STAKES, part of the thoroughbred horse racing Triple Crown, and HOME RUNS, part of Major League Baseball’s Triple Crown for offensive players, were mentioned in the grid. So either of those were off limits, and I was generally looking for the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, batting average, and runs batted in. As I expected, KENTUCKY DERBY was the most popular answer, as nearly half of all entrants answered as such. But I also knew of some lesser-known Triple Crowns and expected some clever solvers to enter the contest with a “leg” of a more obscure Triple Crown. Well, many of you did.
–Dan Feyer, Nick Meyer, and Ken Lauterbach replied with a part of the lesser-known, but more commonly achieved Triple Crown for MLB pitchers (wins, ERA, and strikeouts).
–Both Ross Beresford and Carol Conkey gave the Billabong Pipe Masters as their answer, as it’s part of the Triple Crown of surfing.
–Eric Maddy entered with the Hambletonian Stakes, part of the Triple Crown of harness racing.
–Marcia Wheeler responded with the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, part of the Triple Crown for open water swimming.
And I even got a creative submission that deserves honorable mention: Carla Lee wrote her own version of the Rows Garden as her official entry. A gold star to you, Carla!
I used a random number generator to select the three winners of the upcoming book 100 Years, 100 Crosswords. And the winners are: Sandra Hixson, Shirley Mierzejewski, and Ken Lauterbach. Winners can expect an email from me to get a mailing address. Congratulations to the winners, and thanks to everyone who entered. Expect another contest sometime in the future.
No contest this week, just back to normal. Enjoy!