The thrill of the crossword

By Barbara Wallraff
Watching Tyler Hinman win the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, yesterday, may not be as riveting as watching championship basketball, or even golf -- but the mood is definitely the same. 

The crucial clues were "Basic," 8 letters = Alkaline

and "Item in stocks," 4 letters = Bone

Blogger Eric Berlin has written a report of the finals that does make them seem riveting. How appropriate that a contest about words comes even more vividly alive in words than it does in pictures.


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http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2009/03/the-thrill-of-the-crossword/49675/