Friday, March 04, 2011

one week till Youngstown's first crossword puzzle tournament: a fundraiser for the library

Saturday March 12th will be the date for the first-ever Youngstown Crossword Puzzle Tournament.

I stink at crosswords, unable to complete even the Monday crossword in the New York Times. (did you know nytimes crosswords increase in difficulty by the day in the week?)

Yet I will be there on Saturday as well . . . cause it sounds like fun, and the small $10 registration fee goes to a good cause - to assist programs at The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. (

Plus, when someone asks me what I did over the weekend, I can say I participated in a crossword tournament, gaining the love and adoration of my co-workers and friends.

The 1st Youngstown Crossword Puzzle Tournament will include:

- four spanking new puzzles provided by Will Shortz, puzzle editor of the nytimes

- the world's first crossword-themed Youngstown Cookie Table

- a special crossword cake by the pastry chefs Clarencedale Cakes

- an individualized mini-crossword cake for the grand winner

- an extra secret prize, you'll for sure be telling your friends about

Most importantly, the $10 registration fee will be your donation to the Public Library System of Youngstown and Mahoning County, which does so many wonderful things for the the community, as highlighted in this video:

Looking to Sign Up for the fun event?

Can't make it to the event and want to support our efforts?

more info is available on the Tournament's Facebook Page.

The tournament will feature three rounds of doing puzzles individually and scored for fun (20 minutes each round for a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday puzzle), and the top three contestants will advance to a final round and the grand prizes.

The Tournament is from 10am to 1pm on Saturday, March 12th
at the Poland Library (bottom floor near the cafe) in the southeast suburb of Poland, Ohio

A pre-event interactive session will take place from 11am to 12pm this Saturday, March 5th
at the Boardman Library in the southern suburb of Boardman, Ohio
highlighting free crossword puzzle tips for those looking to improve their skills

This tournament benefits the Library System of the entire county!

A nice way for the region to help a great regional organization.

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If you love your library, come out next Saturday or make a donation...

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