And you were expecting what...the Jumble?

CrossworDS, the newest Touch Generations game to hit the DS, is exactly what it claims to be: a package of crossword puzzles. But wait, there's more! You'll also get a bunch of anagram and word search puzzles! And they all work exactly as you'd expect on the DS. Each type of game has several difficulty settings, although you only have access to Easy and Medium at first. The bulk of the game is made up of crosswords, and there are over one thousand distinct puzzles to enjoy. The crosswords begin easily enough with a 4x4 open grid, but they quickly ramp up to complex New York Times-style puzzle layouts. There are fewer anagrams and word searches, but it will still take forever to complete them all. Word search is a simple matter of drawing a line over the recognized word; Anagrams gives you a bunch of letter tiles, and your job is to drag them into the blank spaces to create as many words as you can - no writing necessary. CrossworDS can be played by left and right-handers, and you can highlight the clue for a particular region of the grid by tapping "across" or "down." Fill in blanks with the stylus by writing the letter. The game politely auto-scrolls to the next blank if you're filling in a particular word. Crossword puzzles are timed, but it's of little consequence beyond using clues, which penalizes you in terms of added time. You can get hints in the form of a new clue, a free letter, or the filling in of the entire word. There's also an option to correct wrong letters: If you fill in a letter that's not correct, the game will show the letter in red, and you can erase it and try again. It’s important to note that the game engine may have problems with the handwriting of some players. My wife, who never plays video games but loves crosswords and therefore this DS cart, doesn't have any problems in the writing-recognition area, but I found that I had to employ a few strategies to get constant recognition of my handwriting. These tactics included using capital letters, writing certain letters from the top down (a huge help with letters like E, K, and G), and trying to take up as much of each square’s empty spaces as I could. You may still have trouble with the letter K (which the game almost always recognizes as X), but again, this is an issue that you’ll learn to work around.

Got there extremely early.CrossworDS is a classic travel game. Drove to non-UCAL-Loyola Marymount.A.) . Andrea Carla Michaels. Sounds like everybody had an awesome time (as you would expect). SO I flew down to L.. I write! But I also wanted to wait till there would be fewer spoilers and you could relate to the puzzles we had to solve. schmooze beforehand … and glad I did. I waited a bit to write up what happened in Los Angeles because I confused it with Las Vegas. But if Rex says write. etc. so I just told her that it was almost June. It’s simple. It's very fun thanks to its simplicity. Gave myself an extra hour to get lost. was on the ground and brings us the following report of the event: OK. He personified what these "competitions" are like in that they don't feel like competitions … and I don't think I'm just saying that because my name is not Eric and I don't have a chance to win! Doug warmly greeted me. hit traffic. it's graphically clean and simple. instead of DEAF. the very first Crosswords Los Angeles Tournament was held at Loyola Marymount University. Report from the Crosswords Los Angeles Tournament Last weekend. and it exercises your brain. you can’t go wrong. And you could sympathize with writing DUMB as a post. The hardest working solver there … I think he shared his thoughts on Amy's blog and is Brian and Ryan's special correspondent if you want to check out his take. relaxing. If that’s what you’re looking for. we celebrated and no one was the wiser…). mostly to see my grandmother (Maidie will be 97 end of next month but I can't be there on Memorial Day. and I thought what happens in Lalaland stays in Lalaland. and there’s plenty of puzzles to keep you busy. but not before Swedish-sounding Doug Peterson. (He finished JUST outside the finals and even set them up. Our undercover spy.

the guy that broke up with Carrie on a post-it and who was in "Office Space") and Todd Gross who just got his first puzzle accepted for the L. John Suarez. and did I mention.A. Funny. They all knew each other from many puzzle gatherings. group game while folks were waiting for the final results. but I've just noticed on the results page actor Dennis Boutsikaris.Throughout the day. There was also a super-cute childhood friend of Peter Notfor-me Gordon. Susan Gelfand (who was a volunteer). these bad acronyms have GOT to stop!). fun. self-deprecating and she managed to keep things running PLUS gave us lunch! These mini-tourneys are great. laminated name tags. mechanical pencils. One of their group. led a huge. etc. whose father reads Rex religiously and has written to me privately. kids. Times. (I honestly don't know if there were other crossword blog commenters there. an unpublished puzzle by Merl Reagle. and made quite the plea to join. who had tried to do one of these tourneys in the early '80s (!). I also got to meet fellow constructors whom I only knew by byline: John Farmer. but really. like a cross between Topher Grace for you young folks and Ron Livingston. The three or four I've taken part in have all been for fantastic charities involving literacy. Alan Olschwang. northern tournaments. etc. Alex Boisvert (gorgeous. libraries. not known as Nipples. Somehow she managed to only charge $25 (that went to a terrific cause) and yet every competitor got a Dell book.) There was a huge showing of NPLers (National Puzzle Leaguers. smart. a free lunch!?! . I wish I had realized that and would have sought him out. Here's the thing … Elissa Grossman was amazing.

I've gotten used to be older than cops and even doctors. but business school professors … damn! We got off to a late start since folks signed up at the last moment. she'll do well. and memories of college came flooding back. All told. there would only be about 10 folks who had finished before me. ☹ The drag is ONE error costs about 200 points once you've subtracted the 150-point bonus for a perfect puzzle. I'd wonder where my row had gone (she put the "Experts" in the last row. . 25 in the "Experts" (which was really just anyone who had ever done one of these things). AND the 25-point penalty for getting something wrong. 50 in the regular division. OUCH! And this was my only error in the entire tournament! When I'd finish a puzzle. that ONE LETTER (damn JoeK) cost me even the top 20.Because Elissa is a professor at the business school. the 20 points less for two wrong words. PLUS I made the rookie error of not checking crosses. I bummed halfway through when I realized the first was by Joe Krozel. But Elissa kept us apprised. and lots of volunteers. and put -INE for "Chlor. there were about 100 folks. Her students must love her! The rest of the setup was like the Brooklyn tournament. and if she ever decides to become a stand-up. And yet in the end. All named Eric.suffix" instead of -IDE … making NECI instead of DECI. The puzzles were from this week's New York Times. making it easier for volunteers to grab our puzzles more easily) but when I'd go out into the hall. It was freaky to feel so much older than the professor. whose wavelength I've never been on. the room was donated … so it was in a tiered lecture room.

so I actually won a book of easy puzzles called "Mocha Mondays" which I had two puzzles IN. The problem (for me) with these competitions is that the first puzzles can be solved by everyone there. That way. Tuesday. I'd like to see a competition of all Wednesday through Saturday puzzles. Eric Maddy and Eric Levasseur have won all the West Coast tourneys. and then another Wednesday. so speed isn't the main factor. Eric Maddy even won the Sudoku tournament in Morgan Hill as well. there actually was a newcomer Jordan Chodorow who was ahead of the Erics. so the speed demons are almost uncatchable. It was a little freaky that the puzzles went Monday. A major determining one. Both are NPLers and quite amicable guys who seem to be friends. how DID she do it?) — there were two more puzzles. Thursday. Maybe all named Erica? After five rounds. (For those of you who don't know. but not the main. Elissa managed to have prizes for the first 25 folks. so he ain't to be messed with. yet had no idea had been published. I was hoping for a Friday.However. I also think we'd see more women. because then I could maybe make up what I lacked in speed with solving toughies. as we are not given residuals nor even a copy of the book when our puzzles are reprinted! But that's another story! After three rounds and free lunch — did I mention that? (Five different choices! Plus fruit and cookies … Really.) . Wednesday.

(See! That's why I've been procrastinating writing anything about the tournament!) Two friends of mine. He was also in the top ten at that point. necessarily. is totally into it and would like to construct). but it was a toughie by Elizabeth Gorski. I had neither poisoned Michael. I can't say anything about the final. so when the tourney ran late. he had a dinner party he was giving. along with this cool. Paul Clay and Eric (!) Seale. which may or may not have involved rebuses. ahead of a woman who left after two puzzles!) he personified what the day was like: upbeat. as it hasn't been published yet. but Eric. I was thrilled. And although Paul finished dead last (ok. Young Tyler was quite amusing. nice guy named Michael Colton who writes for "Sit Down and Shut up" which is on … after … the … SIMPSONS!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately. but with an exceedingly difficult twist. unfortunately. despite operating on four hours' sleep and with somewhat of a hangover. he had to split. had driven all the way down from Santa Barbara to hang with me and give it a try (Paul doesn't even do puzzles. . Swedish-sounding Doug ran up to me and asked if I could fill in. and contrary to popular belief. true to his name. has a one year old. was getting it all together. funny. I have renewed respect for Merl (was it ever lacking?) as the play-by-play happens so fast you can barely say anything about what they are solving … much less be clever and entertaining. but it wasn't a puzzle suited for a final. nor broken his leg. Perfectly constructed. more than that I cannot say. Tyler was there to do the play-by-play.As for the finale.

.. Andrea. fresh. Sounds like great fun. April 30. at crosswordswest. I felt very proud to be part of this community. He knew no one save me. you make it sound as good as the Brooklyn event.. Posted by PuzzleGirl at 5:39 PM Labels: Andrea Carla Michaels.. *Blushing* April 30. and 2009 10:47 AM chefbea said. I liked your Paul Klee picture! Were all those Erics blond? April 30. 2009 9:44 AM Alex said. You can see the results and check out who was there. 2009 1:44 PM mac said. What a great write up!!! April 30. Maybe we'll get a Sunday tournament going one of these days.super friendly... and yet found everyone superwelcoming and had a blast. 2009 8:18 PM Post a Comment Newer PostOlder PostHome Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) Your Host . unfortunately Saturdays are a no go for me. It's all about being in the same space with people who like puzzles as well. Tournament 4 COMMENTS: *David* said.

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