Due to a personal conflict, I will be missing the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament for the first time since I began competing in 2005.
There are a number of issues that are hastening my non-appearance this year, but the main conflict is a commitment to Region III of the New Jersey Music Educators to conduct their Elementary Honors Band this year. As such, I will be required to participate in the selection of the fifth and sixth grade band members on Saturday, March 9 - the day most of the puzzles will be solved. This is a daylong process that will culminate in the selection of up to 360 musicians in three separate Honors Bands. The concert itself is on May 4.
I am pleased to announce that I am not turning my back on crosswords entirely. I plan to get back into construction this summer and I am looking forward to catching up with everyone at Westchester in the fall, and at the ACPT in 2014. Have fun at the tournament, everyone!