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WPC UPDATE - AND TCC

Similar to the WSC, the UK's 4-man A-team all finished in the top 50 at the WPC: James McG 21st, Neil Z 29th, David McN 44th, Tom C 45th. Great results in a way, and better than the WSC, though I suspect all 4 team members may think things didn't fall their way. Still, great to see David claim the Over-50s prize in this event too! So many parallels.

On to the Times Crossword Championship, which was simultaneous with the finals of the WPC this year: I was able to steer through a tough set of final puzzles in just under 30 minutes to claim a ninth success, but well done to Neil Talbott who finished in 36 minutes and change some way clear of a virtual dead-heat for 3rd (David Howelll and Chris Williams). The Times surprised me by welcoming Craig from the Guinnness World of Records up to announce a new category for most successive wins in this event. I suppose I would have claimed this three years ago if it had existed, but after his fourth win in 1975 John Sykes famously was asked not to compete if he had won the year before.

The fact that he competed in 1979 and didn't win means he only ever won (a mere!) five successive events in which he took part, though, so I don't feel too bad about this 'record'. And the article in the newspaper has consequently impressed people who know me more than usual. So that's nice.

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