The thing is, and it is a very impressive thing, is that often you see a crossword tournament on television, or in a movie, and the players have their pens poised above all those empty squares, and then suddenly -- vmoosh! -- every square is filled, in an instant.
Impressive, like we said. And intimidating. Maybe you're really good at crossword puzzles, love 'em, but you don't want to compete in such a serious setting. We get that, and that's why we're imploring you to go to the Crosswords LA Tournament on Saturday, May 1 to find your groove.
Imploring. What's a nine-letter word for pushing someone politely?
The place is Loyola Marymount, the players are everyone and anyone crazy for crosswords. Players are filed in several categories, from Rookie to Expert; you can even play Doubles with a friend.
In other words, there is a category for you, whatever your level.
And, adding the conviviality of the day, there will be comic banter from hosts. There will be lunch. Mmm, Cobb salad. There will be a non-competitive group, if you just want to kick back and fill in 12-down or 20-across at your leisure.
Tickets are $30 for those competing, $15 for those watching those competing. Reading to Kids benefits.
Also, a random add. This is the first event we've come across where they ask you if you're a righty or lefty in advance. Seating arrangements and all that. Thoughtful.