Step Right Up
Let's get a little action happening around here. It's true I'm not the most assiduous blogger, so please forgive me my occasionalness as I now try to rope you back in. That's why I'm resorting to the
Lists, Lists and More Lists Contest
That's right. The Next Best Thing wants to hear from you. Over the next few weeks, this space will be devoted to informal polls of reader favorites and pet peeves. We begin with:
All I Really Need to Know I Learned From Crossword Puzzles
The idea here is that every solver possesses a body of knowledge gleaned exclusively from puzzles. It's fair to say I might never have heard of "baseball great" Mel OTT were it not for his tendency to frequent the New York Times crossword.
List as many examples as you can in the comments field. A prize goes to the person who has not only the most entertaining list of words but who can also tell an interesting story in connection with one or more of those words. Stories must be true. Editor permitting, you may end up in the book.
Deadline is Thursday, June 22 at 5pm EDT. The winner (chosen by me) receives Emily Cox and Henry Rathvon's superb Mensa Cryptic Crosswords.
Next Friday: Words and Names That Would Otherwise Be Long Forgotten Were It Not for the Crossword Puzzle.