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Michael Alpern's Pictures

 Crossword Tournament

Michael Alpern's Pictures from the 2014 ACPT Tournament: CRU Dinner and more!

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(California Girl) Kim Taylor and (constructor extraordinaire) Patrick Merrell
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(LA Times crossword editor) Rich Norris and (2014 puzzle #7 constructor) David J. Kahn
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Constructor Pete Muller, Deb Amlen (Wordplay doyenne), (the fiendish) Amy Reynaldo , (Cru Dinner regular) Barry Weprin
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Trip Payne (leaning at the door), (speed solver) Katie Hammill, (Cru Dinner co-conspirator) Dan Chall
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(Cru Dinner co-conspirator) Chris Aldrich with Cru Dinner regulars Julia Ousley, Linda Murray, & Zulema Seligsohn
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(Rookie) Chic Lynne and (his non-competing wife) Nancy Brackett. Chic's take on the tournament, "Humbling".
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(Two time competitor) Dave Eastwood
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(A-List competitor) Al Sanders and (constructor) Tom Pepper
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Lion Rowley, Bonnie Sirower, Janet Bradlow (they've known each other forever)
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(Rookie) Anne Flinchbaugh, (retired diplomat) Jack Aubert
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Peter Broda finally made it to the Cru Dinner
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Ben Bass, Alex Jeffrey (Cru Dinner rookies), Jan & Joanne Koski, after a year's absence
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(the one and only) Mimi Raphael , (her son-in-law) Jim Russell, (and daughter) Judy Raphael
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(after a 2 year Cru Dinner absence) Leonard Williams and Karen Lazar (voted Best Smile)
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(Cru Dinner first-timers) Martin Solomon, (his non-competing fiance) Cecilia Betancur, (and rookie) Sean Molley
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(constructor) Sarah Keller drops in to say hello.
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(Cru Dinner & tournament regulars) Fay Eastwood and Jim (yes, that J!m) Jenista
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Brendan Emmet Quigley & Mike Alpern. We've been taking these pictures since 2004!
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Mike Alpern, J!m Jenista (How DOES he do it???)
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Chic Lynne, ready for puzzle #1
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Pre Puzzle #1. Pencil sharpening time.
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Pre Puzzle #1. Excitement in the air.
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J!m's Sunday Outfit
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(Constructor, Judge, vocalist) Vic Fleming and (constructor, musician) Pete Muller in rehearsal
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Will catches up
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Setting up for the finals
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Mike Alpern and (constructor & Minnesota crossword nexus), George Barany

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