Well, the Meta-Contest release went off on Sunday, and I hope you’re all enjoying the puzzles so far. Based on test-solver feedback, I anticipated the Final Answer being a fight for most. If you’re struggling, that’s okay — keep at it! I will announce that the first correct submission came in at around 10:30 PM CST, approximately six and a half hours after the release of the contest. That talented solver is Jon Olsen of New York, who I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person (and being Saturday night games partner) at the last few American Crossword Puzzle Tournaments. Congratulations, Jon! Aside from being entered into the Grand Prize drawing, he’s guaranteed a First Prize. But there’s still three other lucky winners to be drawn from the rest of the correct submissions, so get your answers in! Thanks to all for making the contest a success — over 130 entrants as of Monday.
Some other contest-related announcements: The contest will remain open until the beginning of March, so feel free to direct other interested solvers to the contest. Following the end of the contest, the puzzles will be available to purchase at a discounted rate (though there will be no prizes awarded). Also, the deadline to purchase books in addition to the contest will be the end of January. Books already purchased are slated to be mailed out later this week, so expect those to arrive in the mail shortly.
Enjoy the Rows Garden this week!