Sixth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition a Success!

This was our most successful year yet but I was most impressed with the good-natured competition and camaraderie shared with old and new friends. For the first time in three years, we have new winners in all six categories, which is a testament to the expansion of our player base.

Rex Parker was again on hand to discuss some solving strategies and to meet his many fans. Thanks to Boynton Middle School for again hosting this event, and APO Service Fraternity at Cornell for supplying our monitors. I wish to thank the Underwriters and Business Patrons, who gave generously so that we could hold this event and contribute all proceeds to TLP. Of course, nothing would be possible without the hard work of the incredible staff at TLP. Thank you! As always, I want to thank our amazing puzzle constructor, Adam Perl, for all his generous time, energy, creativity, and friendship.

And finally, I thank all of you for coming together for an afternoon of head-scratching, sometimes frustrating, sometimes euphoric, crossword solving.

-Gary Weissbrot, Event Chair


Photos of the Event

The Puzzles

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Easier

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Trickier

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Toughest

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Competition Results
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Competition Results
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Competition Results




Other Games

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KenKen

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Tiny Town Teasers

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Trivia Contest

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Silent Auction

Our Silent Auction raised more than $1000 for Tompkins Learning Partners! Thank you to the generous auction donors and all the bidders.




Business  Silent Auction Item & Value Amount Sold For
Autumn Leaves $20 Gift Certificate $20.00
Buffalo Street Books 4 Signed books $80 $40.00
Café Dewitt 30 Gift Certificate $28.00
Finger Lakes Running $25 Gift Certificate $13.50
Frame Shop $25 Gift Certificate $15.00
Greenstar Gift basket ($35) $40.00
Hangar Theatre Voucher for 2 tix style="mso-spacerun:yes">  $50.00
Home Green Home $25 Gift Certificate $15.00
Island Fitness 1 month pass ($89) $45.00
Ithaca Guitar Works ukulele $72 $61.00
Kitchen Theatre Gift Certificate for 2 tix ($78) $35.00
La Tourelle One night  with
breakfast for two
$126.00
Maxie's  50 Gift Certificate $46.00
Medusa Tattoo $50 Gift Certificate $25.00
Mansour Silver Earrings $60 $45.00
Moosewood  cookbook, apron, mug, reusable bag ($70) $48.00
Nickelodeon Sponge Bob & Friends $45.00
Nickelodeon Paw Patrol swag $42.00
Pastimes Personalized Crossword ($100) $100.00
Purity lunch entrée cert. $20.00
Rasa Spa 1/2 hour massage ($60) $40.00
Red's Place $25 Gift Certificate $25.00
Sarah Gowin 2x1-hour piano lessons $100 $50.00
Sharon Yntema 3/4 hr massage ($60) $40.00
T-Shirt Express $14.95 Gift Certificate $10.00
Trader K's $25 Gift Certificate $30.00




Competition Results

Easier - Individual

First Name

Last Name

Finish Time

# Mistakes

Adjusted Time

Perfect Puzzle

Michaela

Schied

13.45



13.45

*

Jennifer
Lehman
14.36

14.36
*
Carol
Ornstein
24.23

24.23
*




Easier - Team

Team Name

Team Members

Finish Time

# Mistakes

Adjusted Time

Perfect Puzzle

Two Schlepps Denise Jackson, Lauren Best Lichtman 10.58



10.58

*

CFCU
Kelly Barclay, Madelyn Metzler, Tia Pudney
11.01

11.01
*
Guardians of the Crossword
Craig Leska, Travis Smith, Brandon James,
Andrew Petrella
11.11

11.11
*




Trickier - Individual

First Name

Last Name

Finish Time

# Mistakes

Adjusted Time

Perfect Puzzle

Ted Boscia

9.08

1

11.08



Dolina Millar
12.07

12.07
*
Richard Seegers
12.41
1
14.41

Mariana Wolfner
15.42

15.42
*
Howard Leib
18.38

18.38
*
Elizabeth Bodner
29.17
1
31.17

Ken Harris
33.37

33.37
*
Hadas Ritz
29.34
3
35.34

James Perry
28.35
8
44.35




Trickier - Team

Team Name

Team Members

Finish Time

# Mistakes

Adjusted Time

Perfect Puzzle

Candace75 Barbara Warland, Lisa Holmes, Judy
Saul, Sue Robinson
14.05

1

16.05

Herminators Liz Herman, Deborah Herman 19.56
1
21.56
Four Across Gail Salk, Jerry Dietz, Martha Levine,
Marty Kaminsky
20.35 1
22.35
Joy of Rex Maya Linden, Jake Snyder, Ari Zax 26.11 1
28.11
Blue Sky Sharon K. Yntema, Martha Blue Waters 28.53
28.53 *
Ingerson Marian Ingerson, Kevin Ingerson 32.11 1
34.11
Spelt with a Zed Ted Blanchard, Kavi Kardos 35.10
35.10 *
Plan B
Liz Weissbrot, Joan Adler, Diane Werder 43.16
43.16 *
Co-op Crossers
Lizzy
Langenburg, Simi Best, Yuji Yang
42.10 2
46.10
MarMars Mark Ashton, Marty Hatch 45.12 6
57.12




Toughest - Individual

First Name

Last Name

Finish Time

# Mistakes

Adjusted Time

Perfect Puzzle

Jesse Lansner
5.21


5.21

*

Jacob Lehman 9.21 1
11.21

David Mimno 13.11
13.11
*
Stephen Westin 18.44

18.44
*
Penelope Harper 25.19
1
27.19

John Mazzello 28.18

28.18
*
Randy Stanton 32.17
2
36.17




Toughest - Team

Team Name

Team Members

Finish Time

# Mistakes

Adjusted Time

Perfect Puzzle

The Best of the Wordz Jim Salk, Diane Bruns, John Efroymson,
Mitch Weiss
16.13



16.13

*

Barking Lions Stephanie Divo, Michael Divo, Satamoira
Shields, Dave Thomas
17.23

17.23
*
Sapsuckers Joel Leff, Melissa Hubisz 19.45

19.45
*
Iionians John Costello, Ann Costello, Steven
Clancy, Marianne Saphra
21.10

21.10
*
Webb-Kids Jennifer Kidder, Marilyn Webb, Doug Webb 21.11

21.11
*
Defending Champs John Maceli, Linda Bowman, Richard Holtz,
Judy Epstein
23.42

23.42
*
MARMalade Richard Bowen, Alex Bowen, Michael
Roberts, Manish Raghavan
21.10
2
25.10

Oarers Marguerite Uphoff, Norman Uphoff,
Caroline Cox, Gerard Cox
25.21

25.21
*
Off the Grid JoAnne Miner, Maggie Fennell, Janice
Mayne, Judith Mayne
26.46

26.46
*
Best Word Havers

Michael Matsuda, Eli Friedman 32.13
1
34.13

Acnestis Karen Trotter, Don Trotter 36.43
2
40.43

The Sweet Potatoes Deb Checksfield, Barbara Logan, Suzanne
Massa, Terry Vatter
39.10
1
41.10

LP Laurel Gilmer, Patrick Boyle 41.14
1
43.14