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"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 2012. 

As to Volume 7, it remains a dream, but an active one!




About the Puzzle Guy

MERL ...

... 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 clues
... has been called "the best crossword puzzle maker in America" by Games Magazine
... appeared on "Nightline with Ted Koppel" in 1999 as one of America's top puzzlemakers
... 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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