Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sunday, 7:05 a.m.

After another interesting night of hilarious late night game playing, I dragged into bed at a little after 3:07 a.m. last evening. Bob has already showered and left for downstairs, while I'm still up here. In less than two hours, we're handed our final mass puzzle challenge, then the room will be reset for the finals at 11:00 a.m., during which time we'll gather up our things and check out.

It's going to be very interesting to see who is going to be on stage for the finals, as there are a lot of fine competitors who posted some blistering times. But did they have the accuracy?

Our final dispatches from here are going to be during the finals. Pictures from the luncheon will appear later tonight. But now, before it gets too crazy later this morning, some thank yous... the staff of the Marriott here in Stamford... excellent job with getting our conference room set up and ready to go... the judges, thank you for getting to us as quickly as you could in the puzzle room... Patrick Creadon and the folks at his production company and IFC Films for making the wonderful screening of "Wordplay" a reality... friends old and new, as well as our special guest this weekend, Ken Jennings... it was a hell of a lot of fun, you all...

...and lastly, to Mr. Will Shortz for continuing to realize his dream of a national crossword tournament, and to all of the tournament staff for another fantastic weekend.

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