Interest in more regional crossword tournaments?

The good folks at Marbles: The Brain Store will be hosting Chicago’s fourth annual crossword tournament this April (date not finalized yet). Marbles embarked on expanding its games-and-puzzles empire last year and now has stores in six states.

Marbles’ founder and CEO Lindsay Gaskins wants to know if crossworders in the D.C, Philadelphia, New Jersey, St. Paul/Minneapolis, and Boston areas are interested in going to a local tournament in their area. What say you? Leave a comment and tell us which area you live in.

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20 Responses to Interest in more regional crossword tournaments?

  1. tabstop says:

    I wouldn’t really consider myself in “the DC area”, but I would definitely be willing to go to DC for such a thing.

  2. wobbith says:

    We already have a pretty excellent tournament in the Boston area, but I’d still be interested in a Marbles contest as well.
    If they have it in the NATICK store I’ll bring along my buddy ASOK. :)

  3. jefe says:

    DC area here. Would definitely be up for a local tournament.

  4. Howard B says:

    Would love to help out in some small way with an NJ tournament. Would be nice to get local involvement here. Discovered the puzzling community through a local charity tournament in the first place. Would be a great opportunity for others to do the same.

  5. Hugh says:

    Just visited the King of Prussia store for the first time last week. Would welcome a Philly tournament.

  6. ktd says:

    Yes! Great to hear!

  7. 1 big vote for mpls/st paul!

  8. Erik says:

    one extra medium vote for DC. exciting!!

  9. Matt says:

    Me too in DC area.

  10. Andrew Greene says:

    Joon, Eric, and crew run a great tourney here in Boston which draws a decent-sized crowd. A second tournament in the other half of the year would be nice, but I’d hate to see something undermine the indigenous programme.

  11. Mike L says:

    I’d be all for a Minneapolis tourney!

  12. Nicholas says:

    Although my times suggest that I would get waxed pretty badly, I’d be interested in a DC area tournament as well.

  13. Jeff H. says:

    Another vote for a Philly-area tournament!

  14. Squonk says:

    I’d try to participate in a DC area tournament.

  15. AV says:

    One hand up for Iselin, NJ!

  16. Cole says:

    Another DC vote!

  17. Pete Rimkus says:

    I agree with Andrew and wobbith – the Boston tournament is already well-established and well-run, but who’s to say that there isn’t room for (at least) one more.

  18. Paul Coulter says:

    I’m in the Philly area, too, and would love to see a tournament here. I once mentioned this to Merl Reagle and he liked the idea. He said the Suduko tournament was always a big pain, anyway, and he’d much rather have one for crosswords. I’m all for regional tournaments anywhere in driving distance, too – North Jersey, Washington, Baltimore, etc.

  19. Jan says:

    I thought there was a tournament in the Philly area – but haven’t heard anything about it in a year or so. Anyone know about it? If it’s no longer running, then no need to worry about conflicting.

  20. Jeanie says:

    I might go to Minneapolis. I’d like something a little closer to central Nebraska.

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