I love to write here. I enjoy solving those "history mysteries" and posting "Photo Fridays." I like researching through our files and scanning photos to share with you.
But lately, I don't have time to blog. If you judged me on this blog, you would think I've been vacationing in the Bahamas or on sabbatical -- or worse. "I thought you were dead," one regular reader wrote to me. (I think he was joking. Let's hope.)
Despite evidence to the contrary, I have been hard at work. With the city's 125th anniversary this year, the Edina Historical Society and its Quasquicentennial Committee has been busy planning several activities. Here's one I'm particularly excited about.....
If you’ve spent any time with crossword puzzles, you’ve no doubt seen clues like “ritzy Minneapolis suburb” or “Minneapolis neighbor” and immediately known the answer: Edina.
“It’s all those vowels,” explained Tom Pepper, an Edina man who twice had puzzles published in the New York Times. “The name works well.”
Writing one clue about Edina is a piece of cake. Writing a whole puzzle about Edina and its 125-year-history is “amazingly fun,” Tom said (and yes, it might involve clue or two about cake as well.)
When I saw a feature story on Tom in the Star Tribune, I tracked him down and asked him if he would volunteer his time and talents to create a Quasquicentennial crossword puzzle about Edina. He immediately said yes and quickly came up with a first draft that we ran by several testers, including the Celebration Committee and Kim Ode, the Strib reporter who wrote that feature..
The verdict: the puzzle is easy enough for those who don't regularly tackle New York Times puzzles -- even in pencil -- but hard enough to make you feel smart when you figure out some of the answers.
“I'm hoping those who would not normally attempt a crossword might try this because it's all about Edina--a theme they know something about,” Tom said. Having grown up here, Tom knows something about Edina and its history and he enjoyed working in clues about some famous businesses, coaches and landmarks.
I think the puzzle is a whole lot of fun. It will appear in the June issue of Edina Magazine. In July, we will post the puzzle on our website.
If you want to try out one of Tom's more challenging puzzles, check out his crossword at the Brendan Emmett Quigley website, which also includes Tom's short bio.
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