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BookTrib Exclusive with Matt Ginsberg Creator of Dr. Fill and Author of ‘Factor Man’

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This past weekend was the 41st Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in Stamford, CT. Directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz, this is the nation’s oldest and largest crossword competition. Solvers tackled eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. Scoring was based on accuracy and speed. Prizes were awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $5,000 grand prize. Evening games, guest speakers, and a wine and cheese reception allowed solvers to meet each other in a relaxed and entertaining atmosphere. Author Matt Ginsberg, who wrote a software program called “Dr. Fill” that fills in the vertical and horizontal boxes of a crossword puzzle, was among those competing. BookTrib had a virtual conversation with Ginsberg about…

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5 Puzzle-Themed Novels Inspired by Popular Escape Rooms

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After watching Leonard and the gang conquer an escape room on The Big Bang Theory, I knew I had to check it out. I also knew there was no possible way I’d be as fast as them (I mean, they’re ridiculously good):   Regardless, it still looked like fun. So when I heard about an escape room opening near me, I jumped at the chance to go. Guys, let me tell you: it was SO. FUN. I was locked in a room with five other people and we had to solve our way out of it. Like The Big Bang Theory, we had a premise — ours was that we’d been kidnapped — and there were a series of clues set…

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Jon Stewart does his in ink: 5 Tips for crossword puzzle success

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Some people casually pick up the crossword puzzle, fill in a few answers and then call it a day. (Jon Stewart does his in ink!) Those people are not my mom. She’s a crossword fanatic, complete with an endless supply of sharpened pencils, a sturdy clipboard, last week’s puzzles cut out of the newspaper and neatly stacked, and a battered, almost-falling-apart copy of her crossword puzzle dictionary. Which is why I’m going to buy her Merriam-Webster’s new Crossword Puzzle Dictionary as soon as the 4th edition comes out on July 1. It’s the perfect gift for any crossword puzzle proficient—whether you need to know a four-letter word for butter substitute (oleo) or a poet’s muse (erato). And for those of…

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