(ROCKLAND)— The Georges River Land Trust announces a special serialized three-week “Spring Fling” crossword puzzle contest, for members and nonmembers alike. Contestants will have a chance to win great prizes by being the first to mail in the correct puzzle solution, including an appropriate title. The contest is available for sign up now at www.georgesriver.org/crossword.
Created especially for the Land Trust by crossword constructor Ned White, whose puzzles have appeared in The New York Times and Los Angeles Times, the puzzle is thematically related to the Land Trust and its work. But because of unusual elements in the puzzle, it will be distributed in three installments over consecutive Mondays – April 29, May 6, and May13. Prizes will be awarded to entrants with the earliest postmark who send in the correct puzzle solution and a title.
“On the face of it, most of the puzzle is not too difficult, and should be fun for crossword solvers of all levels,” says White. “But when people first get the puzzle, they’ll see that something’s not quite right that makes it more challenging than it first appears.”
Solvers will be competing for five levels of prizes. The Grand Prize for two is a two-night stay at the Craignair Inn in Spruce Head, a two-day health pass at the Samoset Resort health club, a $40 gift certificate from the Park Street Grille, and a $25 gift certificate from the Wine Seller. Second Place wins 18 holes of golf at the Samoset Resort for two, plus two movie tickets at the Strand Theater. Third Place wins an Arts Cruise out of Port Clyde for two, and a $60 gift certificate from the Dip Net Restaurant. There are also two Honorable Mentions – a kayak tour with Port Clyde Kayaks, lunch at the Happy Clam, a movie at the Strand, and a subscription to Down East Magazine.
Entries must be postmarked or delivered by May 16 to the Georges River Land Trust office at 8 N. Main St., Suite 200, Rockland, ME 04841. Puzzle winners will be notified by email Wednesday, May 22, and announced publicly the following day. The contest entry fee is $20. More information, rules, and entry forms are available at www.georgesriver.org/crossword or by calling the Land Trust at (207) 594-5166.