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  1. You have my complete and total admiration. So brave! My husband once tried out for Jeopardy and made it to the final round of try-outs before he choked. My young son once won the fastest finger at Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at Disney. He made it through seven rounds before he choked. Both experiences confirmed that it is sooo much harder to compete in an arena than in the privacy of your own family room. Super post! Will be sharing w/ my subscribers next week.

    • Laurie Stone

      Mithra, I can see how Jeopardy would be terrifying. Its easy to shout out the answers in the privacy of your home, but in front of a studio audience? Gulp. No way. Kudos on your talented husband and son for their victories.

  2. My mother did crossword puzzles daily and went through books of them. I scribble and stress over them. Puzzling definitely is an art with its own crossword vocabulary. Congratulations on completing what would be for me a grueling task.

    • Laurie Stone

      Marsha, I doubt I’ll do any more tournaments. They’re too stressful. I wish I could relax, but I can’t. Your mother sounds like a pro.

    • Laurie Stone

      Haralee, You’re being very kind. I did very badly, but if I just enjoy it, the experience is much better.

    • Laurie Stone

      Walker, To be honest, I haven’t done a puzzle in ages. Come to think of it, blogging has taken all my free time! Oh well, maybe I’ll get back to puzzles someday.

  3. Kudos to you for sticking it out! I have no fear of this form of masochism because A) I don’t think Will Shortz is all that cute (phew) and B) Crosswords are only for the occasional leisurely Sunday AM in which I have no expectations of myself (double phew).

    • Laurie Stone

      I have to admit, I haven’t done a crossword puzzle since that tournament. And I’d like to say I miss them, but…

  4. Holy Wow Laurie! Kudos to you for attempting such a challenge. My hubby does crosswords all the time, he may enjoy this type of competition…pretty neat idea. However, I don’t think I’ve done a crossword since 6th grade – hate them! However, I do like the word finds or finding an object within a picture. Haha

    • Laurie Stone

      Laurie, I know there are these competitions everywhere all the time. Maybe your husband should go to one!

    • Laurie Stone

      Michelle, I suck at crosswords too…as I discovered! You should see some of these people and how good they are. Very inspiring.

  5. My brother would have loved to participate in this tournament. I can usually do the Monday crossword completely, but as each day of the week passes, less and less gets completed.

    • Laurie Stone

      Jennifer, I’m the same way. I can barely make it to Wednesday. I find Thursday and beyond impossible.

  6. I’ve never in my life heard of a crossword competition – I think my brain would fold under the stress – I need my crossword dictionary, a cup of coffee and no pressure to come even close to success. Good on you for giving your brain a bit of a boost and for stepping outside your comfort zone – we all need to do that more 🙂

    • Laurie Stone

      Leanne, Thank you. Between you and me, I doubt I’ll rush back, but glad I did it. Challenges can add to the fun of life.

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