thanks to all who came to the 2010 BCPT today at harvard. the event ran with nary a hitch, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. certainly i did. congratulations to our overall champion, eric maddy, who came all the way from southern california to conquer the new england solving circuit. last year’s winner, doug goodman of new york city, made a very strong title defense, finishing second. rounding out the top 5 were pete rimkus, andrew greene, and judy cole. the pairs division was won by deborah davidson and edith mackie, and the undergrad winner was harvard freshman mark warren. full results are now posted. more details (but no puzzle spoilers) after the jump.
big thank-yous go to:
- puzzlemaster will shortz, who provided the puzzles for the tournament and also entertained the solvers with Q&A and word games while we finished up the scoring.
- my co-organizers: nathaniel rakich and chelsea link of the harvard college crossword society, and eric helmuth and libby gorman of the boston cru. all worked behind the scenes to make sure everything was ready before the event began.
- all of our dedicated volunteers. i don’t know the names of everybody who was there, but off the top of my head (and in no particular order): katie hamill, brendan emmett quigley, liz donovan, dave sullivan, joe cabrera, will johnston, and some people whose last names i don’t know or can’t remember, but whose first names were quite possibly cat, karen, and jack. the whole judging, scoring, and entering process was a well-oiled machine, which is a credit to our volunteer staff. and if i’m forgetting somebody, please let me know in the comments! edit: i inadvertently left out jordan bach on my first pass. sorry! and eric h has provided the last names i was missing: cat boleyn, karen von haam, and jack martin. thanks to all!
- our star-studded cast of authors and editors who donated autographed prize books for the event: patrick berry, matt gaffney, peter gordon, trip payne, brendan emmett quigley, amy reynaldo, and ben tausig.
i won’t say anything spoilerish about the puzzles, since everybody else will see them during the next two weeks. in case you’re wondering: puzzles #2 and #4 will be the tuesday and thursday puzzles this week, and puzzles #1 and #3 are the monday and wednesday from next week. champion eric maddy finished puzzles #1-4 perfectly in under 4, under 3, under 4, and under 6 minutes, respectively. it was a particularly impressive performance because he tied for the top time on puzzle #1 and then was alone in first place on each of the next three puzzles, including a two-minute beatdown of the field on puzzle #4.
speaking for myself, it was great to see so many of my puzzle friends again, even if i was i little too busy to spend much time hanging out (and i’m really bummed that i missed the pinocchio’s outing after the tournament). now, only 4 months to lollapuzzoola, and 11 to the next ACPT…