Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Free Puzzle and Last Chance Workout

Crossword tournament time is nigh. Worthy competitors--it's time to relax and enjoy the fruits of your intense puzzle-solving training regimen. The United States Ski Team recommends these cool-down strategies prior to the big day:
  1. Lightly bench press the 20-volume Oxford English Dictionary for no more than one hour per day.
  2. Boost your self-confidence. Solve a puzzle written by someone who is not as smart as you are. 
  3. Print and solve the following puzzle to execute Strategy No. 2.
Good luck and have fun this weekend!

Crossword in the Raw- Opus 1 No. 2

Though you'll find a sprinkling of tournament-specific clues here and there, this puzzle is for all solvers. Enjoy!

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Joon said...

i quietly chuckled to myself (QCtM, the new LOL) at the clue for 49a.

fun puzzle, and i'm looking forward to meeting you this weekend!

Crossword Man said...

Nice puzzle, thank you. BUT it didn't do much for my confidence as I found it a struggle, especially halfway up the left hand side. And I didn't know any of the theme answers ... oops! Lucky for me the likes of 62-Across shouldn't make it into a competition puzzle.

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Elizabeth said...

Joon, QCtM is priceless, and music to my ears . . . I look forward to seeing you this weekend!

Ross, the theme subjects make an eclectic assortment, don't they? :) I hope that the crossings were reasonably fair. Thanks for taking a stab a the puzzle; I appreciate the feedback. See you at the ACPT!

Bruce S. said...


Thanks for the great puzzle. That one was a very smooth solve. It helped that I knew all the theme answers, but still made for a great time. I agree with Joon about 49A's clue and I liked 27 and 38 Down as well. Thanks so much. Have a good time this weekend. Wish I could be there. I will have to settle for next year and by mail this year.

Joon said...

QCtM isn't taking off quite as fast as i wanted it to. maybe it needs to be QC2M?

Elizabeth said...

Bruce, you're welcome; it's my pleasure; and thanks for the critique.

As an at-home solver, you have an edge. It's so much easier to bench-press the OED in the comfort of the living room. Congrats and good luck!

Elizabeth said...

Joon, I like your QC2M even better . . . that's a nice puzzle word with some rebus applications, heh. :)

Anne E said...

Though I've always been a fan of your innovative work, Elizabeth, you're now my BFF for creating #2 at ACPT, which was the deciding factor in me beating Tyler. I was really thrilled to see your name on the constructors' list. I love the classical music clues you sprinkle in, and knew I would have a chance to do well on yours, but I didn't expect it would be as good as it was. (And last night I did it again, slowly, to enjoy it! Nice work.)

Elizabeth said...

Anne, I'm thrilled to hear from you--what an honor to hear from an ACPT luminary! The flu kept me from the tourney this year, and so I'm eagerly reading the reports. Congratulations on your win. I'm in awe of your solving speed . . . and thanks for working the puzzle again!

Anne E said...

Thanks, Elizabeth, and I'm sorry to hear you were sick -- I hope you're feeling better. Looking forward to meeting you at a future tournament!