Players must compete in the Pros division if they (1) have ever won $200 or more in cash in one or more crossword puzzle tournaments worldwide, including last year's National Brain Game Challenge, or (2) have ever earned $200 or more creating crosswords for professional venues such as newspapers, magazines or books. Players can compete in the Public division only if they have received less than $200 in lifetime crossword-related cash from puzzle tournaments worldwide or from creating crosswords for professional venues. The contest is open to all U.S. citizens aged 18 and older, except Alzheimer’s Foundation of America board members, employees and their immediate families.
Paying the $25 registration fee must be done online -- no faxes or mail entries will be accepted -- and it must be accompanied by this completed form. Only one registration per person is permitted.
Upon paying the registration fee, each player will be assigned an individualized passcode that will allow him or her access to the players-only contest site from August 15 through the end of October, 2012. The contest puzzle, in the form of a PDF, will become available on this players-only site at 3 p.m. ET Sunday, September 30, 2012.
Each player must submit answers by regular e-mail, along with his or her assigned passcode. The e-mail address that players must use will be revealed in the puzzle. Only e-mail submissions will be accepted and each registered player must submit his or her solution only once; multiple e-mails are prohibited. An automated reply will let each player know his or her submission was received.
AFA will determine the Grand Prize, second and third place winners in the Pros and Public divisions based on accuracy and speed. For example, the first Pros division e-mail that AFA receives that is judged to be completely correct is the Grand Prize winner in that division; the first Public division e-mail that AFA receives that is judged to be completely correct is the Grand Prize winner in that division, and so forth. Additional prizes will be awarded to the 10th, 25th, 50th and 100th entries in each category with the correct response. The first Public division e-mail received is the Grand Prize winner in that division, and so forth. Only the first entry from each participant will be accepted regardless of circumstances. Solutions will be accepted until 3 p.m. ET Monday, October 1, 2012, 24 hours after the contest began.
Winners will be announced on AFA's Web site at noon ET on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. In each of the two divisions the Grand Prize winner will receive $2,500, the second-place winner will receive $500, the third-place winner will receive $250, and thereafter, prizes of $50 (in cash or gift certificates from bookstores, etc.) will be awarded to the 10th, 25th, 50th and 100th entries with the correct answer in each category. If there are fewer winners than allotted prizes, AFA will use the remaining awards at its discretion. Decision of the judges is final.
All winners and runners-up will be required to submit proof of age and their Social Security Numbers to AFA in order to process the contest awards. The grand prize winner in each division must agree to provide background information for a press release and to be available for any media interviews related to the contest. Non-compliance will result in forfeiture of award.
By clicking "Confirm Registration" you 1) are registering to be a participant in the National Brain Game Challenge, 2) agree to receive e-mails related to the National Brain Game Challenge, 3) agree that you have read the above rules and understand what is required of participants/winners, 4) grant AFA the right, should you be the Grand Prize winner, runner-up or additional winner in each category, to publish your name and city on AFA’s Web site, as well as on social media such as Facebook and Twitter, and distribute such information to other selected media, 5) agree, should you be the grand prize winner, to provide background information for a press release and to be available for any media interviews related to the contest, and 6) agree to release AFA, its board and employees, and Merl Reagle, Marie Haley and The PuzzleWorks, their successors and assigns from any and all liability resulting from participation in the National Brain Game Challenge. Registration fees will be refunded only in the event of a catastrophic Internet event.
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