Matt Gaffney's Weekly Crossword Contest

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What’s the deadline for me to enter the contest each week?

Entries must be submitted by noon Eastern time on the Tuesday following a puzzle’s posting.

How do I enter the contest?

Each week’s puzzle will contain a sort of puzzle-within-a-puzzle (or “metapuzzle”) that you have to figure out once you solve the crossword. The answer to this metapuzzle will be that week’s contest answer word, and it is this word (or series of words) you must submit to enter the contest. Be sure to read the instructions that come with each week’s puzzle, as they will explain how to arrive at this contest answer word(s).

How many entries may I submit per week?

Each solver is allowed just one entry per week.

What prizes can I win?

You can win both weekly and monthly prizes here at MGWCC.

WEEKLY: Each week a winner is drawn at random from all solvers who have submitted the correct contest answer for that week. The weekly winner receives an autographed copy of any book written by Matt.

MONTHLY: Contestants who submit correct answers for all 4 or 5 crosswords in a calendar month are eligible to win a MGWCC pen, pencil and notepad set. Ten winners will be randomly selected at the end of each month from that group of solvers.

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