I'm also delighted to announce the contest's winners, with the number of puzzles they litzed in parentheses:
1. Mark Diehl (625), who persevered to an amazing victory of man over machine!
2. Howard Barkin (503), who has perfected the art of using OCR for litzing!
3. Jeffrey Krasnick (204), who kept going despite needing to prepare for next week's ACPT!
4. Barry Haldiman (32), who started it all and, appropriately enough, won the random drawing!
To see all the contest totals, click on the Contest Totals tab above.
Thanks so much again to Jim Horne, who provided year-long XWord Info subscriptions (or renewals) to the winners, and to Roy Leban, who gave Puzzazz e-books!
Howard Barkin, who performed prodigiously in this litzing contest, is the March Litzer of the Month! To read more about Howard, click on the Meet the Litzers tab above or his photo in the righthand column.
I'm now sending out puzzles from 1971 to be litzed, and since we're approaching the legendary Sixties, I thought I'd start posting representative photos from the years we're in as we work our way backwards in time. The photos will remind us of the times in which the pre-Shortzian constructors were building their puzzles! Appropriately, the photo below is of the Intel 4004, the world's first commercially available single-chip microprocessor, which was introduced in November 1971:
|Image courtesy of About.com.|
Last week's poll asked whether you'd already known about Crossword Compiler's Insert Character window. Apparently most people did: 66% said yes, and 33% said no. Still, that's a sizable minority of constructors (including me!) who weren't familiar with this very useful feature. In my post, I also asked readers to send in any other Crossword Compiler tips, and a couple of people did.
Mark Diehl wrote the following:
Thanks so much for these Crossword Compiler shortcuts, Mark and Barry!
Below is a picture of the more legal type of weed.
|Image courtesy of Whyteferret's Blog.|