VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7

SEPT 2010

DEEP FROM THE HEART
Notes from the Chairwoman
HI GUYS! ! The first newsletter with the season in full swing. And what a glorious start! I am sure all of you have been so glad to see our Blues gracing our television screens and have enjoyed the results. And though it would be heaven to see “easy” wins each week, I don’t know how realistic that would be, so don’t get complacent. Support the team; I know they can hear us from across the pond! ! This summer has seen a lot of changes to the way CIA functions and we have been working behind the scenes to make it all happen. We are all so proud to report that Chelsea has approved a system whereby we can break into local and regional chapters to better stay in touch with all our members and yet be one big club - a sort of coalition of clubs. It was a bit of a struggle to get all the details worked out, but so far it is working FANTASTIC! Of course none of it works without you, the member, and of course our incredible volunteer army! In a nutshell, many across the country stepped up and asked to head up a local chapter, so we started with them. These chapter heads have been working tirelessly to organize and activate their local members and to stay in touch with them and build this Army of Blue Supporters in America. Personally I am so proud of each of them; to take time out of their lives to do all it takes to create these local chapters is amazing! And you know it doesn’t end there for them, each of them have also stepped up and o"ered their service to CIA for the better of all members. We were able to create committees to bring even more to members, like a technology committee, marketing committee, merchandise committee and more. They are not only looking over their clubs but giving a little bit more so that we all benefit. So when you see your local head in the pub, or on the bulletin board, be sure to let them know how much we all appreciate their e"orts. ! Just so you know how that a"ects us immediately, we have been able to further improve on the database that keeps us all connected. We are in process of working on a new website for CIA, we have seen an improved functionality to the Membership application and payment page, and of course the new ticketing page for True Blue members has really been improved - all thanks to the technology committee. Along with that we have a new sponsor BLUE BUNNY ICE CREAM, and the benefits of that will be heading to you soon in your membership package (the benefits of marketing). And speaking of the membership package, our merchandise committee has spent tireless hours coming up with a member gift that I am sure will please you all! With a little luck you will be receiving it in the next week or two in your mail box. And it isn’t stopping there. We are working on making some CIA merchandise available soon, and it could include, shirts, hoodies, pins and scarves! What a great way of showing your support of Chelsea and ChelseainAmerica. ! We have also heard that the team will be heading to Asia this coming summer and though it is disappointing, we have to remember we are not the only loyal True Blues in the world. And we have to share our boys in the summer. After some sadness on the bulletin board, someone suggested that we have our own “Summer Tour”, and it seems many are thinking that would be a great idea. So we are already looking into planning something really great for our members this coming summer, again because of

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Deep from the Heart 5 Questions For... Introducing... CIA Chapters! Boston, Georgia, OC, Midwest, San Diego, Beltway Tel's Month in Question CIA Crossword

Congratulations to Carlo Premier League Manager of the Month for August!

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members o"ering up their skills, connections and volunteer time. We are looking into a fabulous setting for all of us to meet up for a few days, have a laugh, enjoy the camaraderie of fellow members, have a kick about, talk Chelsea, have a sing song and just general merry making. We want it to be a great event that would be fun for the singletons amongst us and for families, so young and old alike. We also hope that we will make it so a"ordable everyone will want to be there and be able to a"ord to be there! And you never know, maybe we can work out a surprise or two. ! But the biggest news, the best news, the most exciting news... we have been OK’d to have all the chapters (that qualify, i.e. they need to have 20 CIA members) have a banner made to hang at the Bridge! Imagine how cool it would be to see a long line of banners pan across our television sets in America announcing all the chapters! What a great way to let everyone that is there know that we in America are BLUE AND PROUD! Now the banners are not free, and every club has to have at least 20 members, so how can you help make that happen? You all know that we try and keep yearly dues down to a minimum to make sure that everyone can a"ord it, and we certainly didn’t budget for sending 22 banners to the Bridge this season. So what can you do to help? Make sure your local club has their 20 members, and if they don’t I am sure you all know one person that loves Chelsea and is willing to join us, so get them to sign up! And then there is the funding of the banners; we need help, so if everyone gave $4 we would be able to more than pay for the banners. Again, get with your chapter head and see how you can help make that happen! ! So in celebration of all of you, in celebration of the formation of 21 chapters of the CIA, in celebration of those people that stepped forward to bring us all closer together and to have even more fun following our team, this edition of the newsletter is dedicated to THE CHAPTERS! A new book is being written about CIA and we want to celebrate it. Below please find a listing of all the chapters (so you all know how to reach out to them if you are traveling and want to meet up, or if you just want to be more involved locally), the heads of the chapters and how to reach them. Of course the best way is to sign on to the bulletin board! You don’t have to read everything, but it is a great way to keep up with what is happening. If you have signed up after you sent in your membership, please let us know so we can give you the permissions to see the special MEMBERS ONLY AREA. All you have to do is send your name and bulletin board name to database@chelseainamerica.com and we will make it happen. ! So without any further ado... drum roll please... your ChelseainAmerica chapters! (in alphabetical order) ! Austin Blues – Jens Busch and Scott Reaves – austinblues@chelseainamerica.com Bay Area Blues – Starla Rose Soto – bayareablues@chelseainamerica.com Beltway Blues – Neil Hobson and Allison Kasic – beltwayblues@chelseainamerica.com Boston Blues – Ben Horner – bostonblues@chelseainamerica.com Charm City Blues – Rick Sanchez and Josh Massey – charmcityblues@chelseainamerica.com Chicago Blues – Rich Janas – chicagoblues@chelseainamerica.com Florida Blues – Erik Coulbourne – floridablues@chelseainamerica.com Georgia Blues – Nicholas DeJarnette – georgiablues@chelseainamerica.com Gulf Coast Blues – Matt Garcia – gulfcoastblues@chelseainamerica.com Inland Empire Blues – Danny Campos – inlandempireblues@chelseainamerica.co m Midwest Blues – Jason Noel and Kevin Walker – midwestblues@chelseainamerica.com Mountain Blues – Mick Collins – mountainblues@chelseainamerica.com Motor City Blues – Dennis Fredell – motorcityblues@chelseainamerica.com North Texas Blues – Cary Eddy – northtexasblues@chelseainamerica.com Orange County Blues – Andy Wray – orangecountyblues@chelseainamerica.co m Pacific Coast Blues – Huby Schroeder and Chris Cruz – pacificcoastblues@chelseainamerica.com

CONTRIBUTORS:
A big thanks to everyone who helps make the CIA Bluesletter possible! Editor: Jamie Edwards Chairwoman: Beth Wild Logo and Graphics: Raciel Diaz Proofreader: Sarah Drake CIA Crest done in collaboration with Who Are Ya Designs www.whoareyadesigns.com Want to contribute or make a suggestion? Send Jamie an email at newsletter@ chelseainamerica.com!

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5 QUESTIONS FOR.... Kent Blues Gill and Graeme Reeves
Gill and Graeme are honorary CIA members and season-ticket holders at the Bridge. After each match, Gill posts her match report on the message board. I thought it was time to introduce them through 5 questions!

How and when did you become Chelsea? Gill:There have always been Chelsea supporters in our family, so I guess you could say from the day I was born. There is also a story that when Chelsea won the title in 1955 my Grandfather snuck away with me and took me in my pram along the Fulham Road to join in the celebrations. I was 2 years old, so of course don’t remember it at all, but I am told I came back draped in a Chelsea scarf. We were gone for over 6 hours and apparently there was a search party sent out to find us! Chelsea kind of skipped a generation for me as my Dad was not in the least bit interested in football and then luckily it re-emerged when my sons Neil and Graeme were born.! I am very proud of them as alongside their Mum they are both Chelsea through and through!! Graeme:-! My mum has brought me up with Chelsea, but everyone in school was Man Utd.! I confess I nearly got swayed, but in the nick of time, I went to Stamford Bridge to see Chelsea beat Middlesborough 2-1 in March, 2001. It was watching the little maestro Zola that made me realise Chelsea were the team for me! He was just magical and I am so happy I got the chance to see him play.! What is your favourite Chelsea memory? Gill:Oh goodness, can I choose more than one!!! First and foremost seeing the look on the faces of the Kent Blues kids whenever we get to take them to matches. If I had to pick a match, it would be Chelsea vs. Barcelona in the Champions League, 8th March 2005.! I have never, ever in my life been in such an incredible atmosphere at the Bridge as when JT scored the winner.! I remember at the end we would not leave the Stadium for

Frank!! From the minute he signed for us, I knew he would be special. Worth every penny of the £11 million we paid for him, West Ham’s loss was truly our gain! He always works hard and is truly dedicated to his football.! I was so relieved when he signed his new contract to stay two seasons ago.! There is no question in my mind that he is already a Chelsea Legend and will go on to become our highest ever goal scorer. ages because we were celebrating so wildly. They must have played “Blue is the Colour” about ten times and then an announcement came over the loudspeaker which said, “Ok, just one more song, and then you all really have to go home!” The tour last year to the USA and sharing it with you all; seldom a day goes by when we don’t talk about it.! ! Graeme:Like Mum, I need to choose more than one please. Our tour to the US last year is right up there; especially meeting you all and sharing the tour with legends Tommy and Steve. I love to visit new stadiums and am doing a lot of away games this year mainly because the atmosphere is so great. I loved the Dallas Cowboys stadium and will never forget it. My favourite match would be when we beat Arsenal in the Carling Cup 2007. It was my first final at the Millenium Stadium and got real nasty with 2 sending o"s. But we won 2-1 thanks to 2 great goals from Didi! This year winning the double and going along to have our photo with the Premiership Trophy and FA cup.! I rushed in and grabbed hold of the Prem and Mum couldn’t wrestle me o" it. ! Who is your favourite first team player? Gill:“EASY, EASY”, you all know this one We have been so lucky to meet Frank a few times and he is the nicest person you could ever wish to know. Graeme:JT, because of his leadership and commitment to the Club from ever since he was a youth player. I was so worried when I thought he might leave last season and remember Mum and me dancing around in our room at the Embassy Suites the morning he said he would stay. ! ! What is your most cherished piece of Chelsea stu!? Gill:Oh, here we go again!! Decisions, decisions. I’ve got a personalised signed shirt by Frank after we won the title again in 2005. He was voted our Kent Blues Player of the Year and we presented him with our very own trophy. I actually also have a pair of his boots! As you will all know I am a lover of banners and flags, so can I also please add our Kent Blues flag, and of course the CIA flag from you all when we were on tour. Graeme:A signed 2005/2006 home shirt which I was very lucky to have done on the night the Kent Blues made our presentation for Player of the Year and a Teenage Cancer Trust T Shirt which JT threw to me during a warm up at Stamford Bridge last year. !

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AND INTRODUCING.... YOUR CHELSEA IN AMERICA CHAPTERS!

BOSTON BLUES
by Ben Horner
The formation of the Boston Blues was set in motion back in last October, when one other member and I first met up to watch Chelsea drub Blackburn 5-0.! Since then we’ve really grown in leaps and bounds.! We are the CIA Local Club of New England, with most of our members hailing from Boston and the surrounding area (hence the name). The new regional set-up that has been implemented this year has been perfect for us, as it’s allowed us to focus solely on organizing the Chelsea support in the area without having to do all the administrative work that comes with running a supporters’ club. Because of this, our numbers have increased all throughout the summer, as we were able to use Facebook, Twitter and other social networking to help get the word out about the Boston Blues.! It’s been incredible as we’ve grown from a group of 4 or 5 of us getting together over breakfast last winter, to about 15 people on an informal email list, all the way to the Silver level club we are now, more than 30 members strong, with more every week. We meet for all matches at The Phoenix Landing in Cambridge, MA, the O#cial Pub of the Boston Blues.! We’re working to turn New England Blue, so if you haven’t yet, join us!! If you want to know more about us, we can be found on Facebook by searching for “Boston Blues Chelsea FC”, Twitter (@Boston_Blues), or email us bostonblues@chelseainamerica.com !

GEORGIA BLUES
by Allison DeJarnette

MIDWEST BLUES
by Jason Noel
Formed in May of 2005, the Midwest Blues are now part of Chelsea In America. We are an o#cial Chelsea FC supporters club carrying the "Blue Flag" for the Midwest states of the US, taking in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. So what can the Midwest Blues do for you? We are here to be a focal point for Chelsea supporters, whether it be simply a place to chat online about Chelsea, a way of meeting new friends in your town, participating in trips around the US to visit other Chelsea groups or see Chelsea play, or even to discuss heading over to London to see Chelsea at their famous Stamford Bridge stadium. The Midwest Blues cater actively to both the adult and family aspects of following soccer so we encourage you to get involved at whatever level you feel comfortable with, but be warned, being a Chelsea supporter is infectious and a lot of fun!

Georgia Blues is an up and coming supporters club with members from Georgia and surrounding states. If you're planning to be anywhere near Atlanta, come join!us for a match!at our uno#cial headquarters, the Brewhouse Cafe. Most of the Georgia Blues members live outside of Atlanta but make the trip to the Brewhouse Cafe regularly for the comraderie, singing and to cheer on the Blues.!We are an ecclectic yet tight-knit!group with singles, families and couples from all over. The pub/cafe is generally filled with supporters of most clubs in the Premier League, but we are proud to dominate the singing, usually in volume, always in creativity! Come join us for a pint and be prepared to hear some stories and sing some songs! If you'd like to become a member of the Georgia Blues, we'd love to have you!

Thanks to everyone who contributed info about their CIA Chapter! It's not too late to do so for the other groups... just send me an email at newsletter@chelseainamerica.com to be included in the next issue! Get the word out!

If you are interested in Chelsea on any level we strongly encourage you to sign up and get involved, if you have any questions at all, please drop us a line to info@midwest-blues.com To chat with Chelsea fans in the Midwest and across the world surf out to the Chelsea in America chat site. Our website is www.midwestblues.com

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SAN DIEGO BLUES
by Ed Millan
The majority of our registered members meet up at Phileas Fogg's http://phileasfoggs.net,!but we sometimes venture down to Shakespeare's Pub http:// www.shakespearepub.com,!although we try to avoid it since its an established Man Utd pub! We're all very!friendly and always look forward to seeing new Chelsea fans come join us to cheer on the Blues. Our Facebook group is http:// www.facebook.com/group.php? gid=355326375349&ref=ts

BELTWAY BLUES
by Neal Hobson
The Beltway Blues is the local CIA a#liate club for the greater Washington DC metro area.! We include Northern Virginia, Maryland, the District and even West Virginia! We have been an uno#cial group, kind of loose and scattered, for about a year now.! We actually started as a Facebook group, which was set up simply to find and assemble local Chelsea fans to have discussions and watch matches together now and then. There were several of us that were CIA and True Blue members with a handful of us being able to see a match at Stamford Bridge once a season. We formed kind of by accident, with an email from one of our founding members, Allison, who had been chatting with Beth.! Allison had mentioned how the Facebook group was getting people together for matches and was attempting to grow.! With Beth as our guide we’ve taken the next step in growing the Beltway Blues as a great group of passionate Chelsea fans.! Most recently some of us got together for a tailgate party before watching the Manchester City v. Inter Milan friendly in Baltimore. Great fun and great people!! We’re looking to becoming more involved with Chelsea in America and of course, Keeping the Blue Flag Flying High over Washington DC!

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! Philly Blues – Dorothy Cooper – phillyblues@chelseainamerica.com San Diego Blues – Ed Millan – sandiegoblues@chelseainamerica.com South Bay Blues – Raciel Diaz – southbayblues@chelseainamerica.com Southeast Blues – Paul Peltz – southeastblues@chelseainamerica.com Texas Blues – David Braley – texasblues@chelseainamerica.com ! So read on, and get to know some of the chapters! They are all special and all very involved and excited in bringing the most to your membership. Many of them have Facebook and Twitter pages as well to stay even more connected. They are there and waiting for you to come and get more involved. Isn’t it wonderful that from Boston to San Diego from the Motor City to the Gulf Coast, we are covering America! If you are interested in stepping up for next season and getting a chapter, contact your current chapter head to find out what it takes, what is being asked and start recruiting now. Before you know it your time will come and you and all the local supporters will be the next club to join the ranks of chapters of ChelseainAmerica, supporting the FINEST TEAM THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN! ! Enjoy the newsletter, get involved, have fun and be on the lookout for your membership package arriving soon in your mailbox! ! CAREFREE ! Beth Beth.wild@chelseainamerica.com

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Do you have any pregame rituals? Gill:We ALWAYS display the Chelsea flag in our front window at home on any match day.! I get a bit neurotic if I think I’ll forget, so I lay it on the windowsill the night before just to remind me.! I remember once we drove back from Folkestone, a round trip of 10 miles, when we had forgotten to do it because we were so worried it would jinx us! The other thing I do is kiss Frank and JT’s photos on the wall before we leave.! I have this thing about them not getting injured!! It’s a bit of a crazy one, but I always sit on the right of Graeme at away matches, it’s because I sit on his right at Stamford Bridge, so even if our seats are allocated the other way around, we switch. Graeme:I make sure I wear certain pieces of clothing for every game; they include Chelsea socks, top and pants!

THE OC BLUES by Andy Wray
Starting from just 7 guys just a few years ago, and growing into the West Coast Shed End on most big matches, the OC Blues have seen many ups and downs together- and!usually do so before 9AM and always in "ChelseaStyle"- by singing CFC songs, cheering on our players and pretending we are on the terraces in the Shed End week-in and week-out! Since 2007, The OC Blues!have called The Olde Ship!in Santa Ana, CA their home and!designated meeting spot for every LIVE Chelsea match! If you live around the OC, or are visiting us like many UK Chelsea have on game days, do stop by the pub and join us in cheering our Mighty Blues! The OC Blues draw many!Chelsea fans living in!Southern California,!making for a great place!to meet up and enjoy CFC matches together!

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TEL'S MONTH IN QUESTION
THIS MONTH’S HIGHLIGHTED FIXTURE: West Ham United Vs Chelsea: Well, it wasn’t really a hard choice this month. We seem to have a long history against the “pikeys" and it hasn’t always been about what’s going on on the pitch. We’ve played our neighbors 129 times of which we have sent them down the District line with no points on 49 occasions; we have drawn a total of 28 and for some reason have lost 52 times. Our first o#cial league game against them wasn’t played until 1923, but we had played them in the football combination since 1915. In front of a crowd of over 50,000, we played out a 0-0 draw at the Bridge. Even though Chelsea have lost more than we have won against “the 'ammers," a lot of these losses were during the war years when a lot of teams had to used guest players. One example was in the Football League south game in 1940 in front of 8645 - even though we had a player get a hat trick we still (just) lost 3-10. I mean, come guys, it’s West Ham - who could lose that much to them now? It’s laughable! But that’s the way it was. We didn’t really start getting to play them on a regular basis in the League until 1958; just about the time a certain J. Greaves hit the scene. Our results have gotten better since the war years, none more so than a nice 6-2 drubbing on April 9, 1966. Our team that day was Bonetti, Kirkup, McCreadie, Hollins, Hinton, Harris, Bridges, Graham, Osgood, Venables, Tambling. Our Goalscorers: Harris, Graham 2, Venables, Tambling 2. In recent years we do seem to stick four past them a lot. Last season we won 4-1, then 4-0 in 07/08 and 4-1 in 06/07, both at Upton Park. We won 4- 1 at the Bridge in 05/06, and sometimes we get greedy and score 5 against them as we did in 01/02. There was also a game in late '96 which we won 3-1 at home; nothing remarkable about that, but it will always stand out for Franco Zola running circles around Julian Dicks and smashing the ball into an empty net.

by Tel Stevens
CHELSEA LEGEND: How do I do a piece on a legend to tie in with West Ham? Should I do Lampard, Cole, Zola, Clarke? No, I decided to focus on Jimmy Greaves. Where do I start on one of Chelsea’s most prolific!goalgetters ever? Well, he made his debut in August 1957, scoring in a 1-1 draw away at Spurs.

! Played for both: Jimmy Greaves, Frank Lampard, Harry Medhurst, Glen Johnson, John Sissons, Eric ”The Rabbit” Parsons!! ! Games from this weekend in years gone by: Sept 14th 40: Spurs (A) L 2-3; Goalscorer: Spence 2 -Att 1622 Sept 10th 62: Southampton (H) W 2-0; Goalscorers: Tambling, Moore - Att 18,890 Sept 13th 73: Oldham Ath (A) L 1-2; Goalscorer: Wilkins R - Att 10,406 Sept 13th 03: Spurs (H) W 4-2; Goalscorers: Lampard, Hasselbaink, Mutu 2 - Att 41,165!! !!!!!!!!!!! Sept 13th 08: Man City (A) W 3-1; Goalscorers: Carvalho, Lampard, Anelka - Att 47,331

He was basically a goalscoring machine. In his first season he scored 22 goals in 35 games - not bad for a 17year-old! In those 22 goals came a foursome against Pompey and a hattrick against She" Weds. In his second season he played in all 42 games and scored 32, this time bagging 5 against Wolves and another hat-trick against Nottingham Forest. He slowed down a bit in 59/60 scoring just 29 times from 40 games, but once again he did bag another 5 goal haul this time against Preston. In his final season in 60/61, Greavesy played in 40 games and scored 41 goals, including 3 hat-tricks and 4 braces. One of his four goal showings was in his last game at home at the Bridge against Nottingham Forest. Many fans were upset when they got wind of Greavesy moving to AC Milan, and the same fans were even more upset when he came back to England after just 5 months and went to Spurs. During his time with Tottenham he was top scorer in every season, just as he was at Chelsea. Greavesy has a very distinct record of scoring on every one of his debuts. When his career was over he had netted 357 times in the “old” first division alone, 35 times in the FA Cup and 44 times for England. For Chelsea his final stats were: played 169 matches, scored 132 goals. Not bad for a bloke who never put on the #9 shirt! For some reason Greavesy doesn’t have anything to do with Chelsea anymore but in some Chelsea fans' eyes he’ll always be a CHELSEA LEGEND. ! !! CHELSEA TRIVIA: The day we played West Ham and Pierluigi Casiraghi’s career ended was also the same day that Joe Cole signed professional forms for West Ham.

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THE CHELSEA IN AMERICA CROSSWORD!
Created and compiled by Andy Burbidge Across
1. Site of our victory over AC Milan, gaining this nickname from it's many attractions and friendly residents 2. More likely to get a visit from the men in blue than black 3. 64 miles around the capital, and still holds your pants up 4. One of only three states in which you can drive to see the sunrise and sunset on di"erent coasts on the same day 5. This chapter can be traversed by one road, route 1 6. Cup of tea down by the harbor? I'm not sure there is any left... 7. Not a chapter, but membership of this will help you get seats to see the finest football team on the planet 8. Representing Chelsea on the Confederate side of the Mason-Dixon line 9. Devastated by an earthquake not a year after Chelsea were founded, maybe we can send Wenger and Fergie to their famous island jail 10. Not much brotherly love from AC Milan when they beat us here 2-3 in 2004 5. Also called by some "Marlboro Country", this was the last great barrier to settling the west 6. Six nations have ruled this chapter's home, but they were gracious hosts in the summer of 2009 7. This chapter is a real peach 8. The initials for this chapter, you won't find anything else that rhymes with it 9. Originally named Waterloo, a state capital and the 3rd fastest growing city in the US 10. Their o#cial website claims it to be America's finest city, something the Kumeyaay Indians have known for 10,000 years 11. Hopefully we can get interest and members from the dot-com members of the local valley that is not all about fake boobs

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1. 12 states from industrial to farmland, the largest CIA chapter 2. Although a little battle worn, Ford, Chrysler and GM still hail from here 3. So called almost as long as Chelsea have been in existence, IE to the locals, and that's not Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4. Best avoid this chapter for a while if you are a BP chairman

The crossword and solutions can also be found online at www.ChelseaInAmerica.com/crossword