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WHY WE SKIPPED VOLUME 7 AND 13
"13" just gives us the willies. 'Nuff said.
As to 7, we always planned Volume 7 as a contest book and we
still want to do that. The goal of the contest has always
been to raise money to help the families and caregivers of
Alzheimer's patients, but our main hurdle had been finding
an individual or company to donate the prize money. In
September 2011, however, we did partner with the Alzheimer’s
Foundation of America to put on the first National Brain
Game Challenge, a national contest with a $5,000 first
prize. (It had nothing to do with Volume 7, however.) The
next National Brain Game Challenge is planned for September
As to Volume 7, it remains
a dream, but an active one!
... made his first crossword at age 6 and sold his first crossword
to The New York Times at age 16
... co-starred in the hit 2006 documentary "Wordplay," which became
one of the top five best-reviewed films of the year (and that
includes every film that came out in 2006, not just documentaries)
... appeared on "Oprah" on February 1, 2007, and made an O-shaped
puzzle about Oprah that she and the audience solved on-camera --
with New York Times crossword editor Will Shortz calling out the
... has been called "the best crossword puzzle maker in America" by
... appeared on "Nightline with Ted Koppel" in 1999 as one of America's
... made the first-ever "proposal crossword" (in 1991) in which a
young California man proposed to his girlfriend through Merl's
Sunday crossword in The San Francisco Examiner
... has been described as having a "Far Side" sense of humor; his
motto is "Twisted But Fair"
... has given countless talks about "the puzzle biz," including a
highly entertaining -- and funny -- PowerPoint show
(For more bio information, look up Merl in Wikipedia.)
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