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Tompkins Learning Partners (TLP) of Ithaca announces the word-lovers’ event of the season, the Third Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition on Saturday, March 7th, 2015 from 2-5:30 pm. This event is an important fundraiser for TLP, a LiteracyNY affiliated non-profit organization, which provides literacy tutoring, free of charge, for over 100 adults in our community.
Tompkins Learning Partners invites you to join your friends and neighbors and compete right here in your own backyard in the Finger Lakes’ only regional crossword event. All proceeds from the tournament will support adult literacy here in Tompkins County.
You could play as an individual or be part of a team. This fundraiser for TLP is a unique event scheduled for 2-5:30 pm, Saturday, March 7th, at the Boynton Middle School Cafeteria, 1601 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca. There will be 3 levels of competition: Easier, Trickier, and Toughest. These 3 levels of unique puzzles will be created by our very own “Puzzle Master,” Adam Perl, creator of numerous crosswords published in the New York Times, and owner of Pastimes Antiques in the Dewitt Mall. Prizes will be awarded to the individuals and teams who complete a perfect puzzle in the shortest amount of time. Whether you are a casual, serious or advanced puzzler, you are invited to be part of the fun! There will also be a silent auction for gift certificates to local restaurants, personalized crossword puzzles, a fabulous crossword tie personally signed by Will Shortz, a 50/50 raffle with a chance of winning a large cash prize and a "Guess how many pennies are in the 5 Gallon Jug” Contest.
All crossword winners will receive:
1) Name on brass winners' plaque at TLP
2) Personalized Winner's Certificate (suitable for framing)
3) Signed Adam Perl's Tiny Town Teasers Book
4) Signed Merl Reagle Crossword Book and
5) The unique and highly coveted TLP Fingerlakes Crossword Champ Bracelet (FCC), not to be confused with The World Series of Poker (WSOP) bracelet which is considered the most coveted non-monetary prize a poker player can win.
Joining TLP again this year will be special guest Rex Parker, the online king of crossword bloggers, AKA Michael Sharpe, professor of English literature at Binghamton University, and "63rd Greatest Crossword Solver in the Universe." <http://rexwordpuzzle.blogspot.com/>
Individuals may play for $40.00. The cost for a team of four is $150.00. Thanks to generous sponsors, some complimentary spots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If interested in underwriting or sponsorships, call Dave Smith at Tompkins Learning Partners, 607-277-6442, for more information.
You can also find information, and a registration form, at www.TLPartners.org. Just click on the "Crossword Tournament" button for information, rules and online and printable registration forms. You can also call Sharon (9 am-1 pm) at Tompkins Learning Partners (607-277-6442) to register yourself, or your team, and select your puzzle’s level of difficulty.
Additional registration forms may be picked up at Tompkins Learning Partners office at 124 W. Buffalo Street, Ithaca, or at Pastimes Antiques in the DeWitt Mall – so invite your family and friends to join you! To be guaranteed a spot, team and individual registrations should be submitted by February 27th.
This year's event is made possible by the generosity of the following underwriters: Chemung Canal Trust Company, CFCU Community Credit Union, Tompkins Trust Company, Cornell University Press, and Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes. Our media sponsor is the Ithaca Times.
We also appreciate these generous local merchants who donated gift certificates and items to our silent auction: Puzzle Master Adam Perl (Customized Crossword Puzzle), Agava, BoatYard Grill, Ciao! Of Ithaca, Falls Restaurant and Tavern, Hangar Theatre, Hazelnut Kitchen, Island Fitness membership, John Thomas Steakhouse, Just a Taste Wine & Tapas Bar, Kitchen Theatre, Lucas Vineyards, Maxie’s Supper Club & Oyster Bar, Mercato’s Bar and Kitchen, Moosewood Restaurant, Northstar House, Taste of Thai, and Will Shortz (autographed Crossword tie).
To add to the festivities there will be live music and a short discussion of a new book about American Folk Music by retired Cornell professor Richard Polenberg. There will also be drawings for free signed first editions of his book.
Since 1976, Tompkins Learning Partners has been providing tutoring services, free of charge, to local residents who need help reading, writing, or speaking English. These services are provided through dedicated volunteer tutors who give their time to make a difference in student's lives. The knowledge that students gain allows them to achieve their personal goals, such as obtaining or improving their employment, continuing their education, or gaining citizenship. Tompkins Learning Partners is a not-for-profit governed by a board of directors of local residents committed to the cause of literacy in our community.
"Good luck to everyone at the 3rd Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition!" --Will Shortz