This is a Community Announcement from the Finger Lakes Online Crossword Competition. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at

Love crossword puzzles? Consider registering for The 10th Annual Finger Lakes Online Crossword Competition, an annual fundraiser for Tompkins Learning Partners’ (TLP).

It’s Virtual. Play From Your Couch

Three levels of difficulty (Easier, Trickier, Toughest) … Individual and Team play … Pay-what-you-are-comfortable-with entry fee … All profits support TLP adult literacy programs. 

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Don’t Miss The Crossword Dream Team. Live Via Zoom.

Five crossword-world celebrities are graciously supporting this TLP Adult Literacy fundraiser. They will participate, by Zoom, in a 1:00 pm Competition Kick-Off event (one hour before the 2:00 pm beginning of the Competition). Anna, Adam, Deb, and Michael will conduct a live and lively crossword roundtable. Don’t miss it! Will Shortz will appear via pre-recorded video; a welcome-to-the-competition presentation, in which he displays and discusses rare crossword memorabilia from his private collection!

WILL SHORTZNew York Times crossword editor and puzzlemaster for NPR’s “Weekend Edition” is founder and director of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, founder of World Puzzle Championship, and co-founder of the World Puzzle Federation. 

ANNA SHECHTMAN, currently living in Ithaca, is a crossword constructor for The New Yorker and Klarman Fellow at Cornell University. 

ADAM PERL, well-known Ithacan, is the former proprietor of Pastimes Antiques in the Dewitt Mall. He’s an experienced crossword constructor, including 30 published in The New York Times. Adam is responsible for the creation of this event ten years ago and has constructed every puzzle used in previous competitions.

DEB AMLEM, author, lead columnist and senior editor of The New York Times “Wordplay” column, has written more than 4,000 articles for The New York Times, which, she will be happy to tell you, is even more than Paul Krugman has written. 

MICHAEL SHARP (aka Rex Parker) widely-known and respected crossword blogger, and English professor at Binghamton University, specializes in Early English literature, crime fiction, and comics. 

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at