Allusionist 62: In Crypt, Decrypt

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Crossword-solving is often a solitary activity - over breakfast; on the train; on the loo... But a few times a year, crossword puzzle enthusiasts gather in their hundreds to compete to be the fastest, most accurate crossword-solver.

This episode comes to you from a church basement on the Upper East Side of New York City, wherein takes place America's second largest crossword puzzle tournament: Lollapuzzoola.

CORRECTION: the comeptition prize included a 2017 almanac, not a 2007 edition. Apologies! In my jetlagged state, I misheard, and assumed that Lollapuzzoola were giving out a ten-year-old World Almanac as a wry tribute to their tenth anniversary. The jetlagged brain works in mysterious ways/doesn't work.

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YOUR RANDOMLY SELECTED WORD FROM THE DICTIONARY:
xerophyte

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