Saturday, March 12, 2011

Puzzle Week: Props for my peeps

Big ups to FOBB&B Joon Pahk, who wrote today's (quite good) Saturday New York Times crossword puzzle.

Joon is a crossword rock star who ran away with the "B" division last year during his first trip to the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament (ACPT), only two years after first taking an interest in crossword puzzles. That's more or less like winning the MVP in your first NFL season after not playing in college.

He also created the popular "Guess My Word" game in which players try to, well, you know. There is a standing link to the game in the sidebar at right, which I suppose could more accurately be labeled "Guess Joon's word! Then guess his friend Mike's word!"

Joon happens to be my roommate at this year's ACPT next weekend, so unless I snore, look for him to turn in another huge performance.

Meanwhile, congrats on the puzzle, Joon. I liked all the trivia clues, my favorite clue-answer combo was 40D ("It's solid yellow"), I had a Natick problem where the "Turandot" king crossed the ghoul-haunted woodland of Weir since I only know the most prominent Poe-ms, and I briefly had HEADSNAP for "Brake-slamming result." But I got there in 16 fun-filled minutes.

1 comment:

Elaine said...

Sixteen minutes? Will be looking for your name on the leaderboard!

KarmaSartre has accepted an assignment to photograph WordPlay denizens--hope you run across him.
BTW, I did a puzzle on Saturday (old LA Times, possibly) that had 'all time MLB steal leader' in it. I slapped RICKEY HENDERSON in there so fast!!! Thanks!