Hey there, Gameological readers. We’re not publishing over the four-day Thanksgiving weekend, but I wanted to follow up on our crossword contest from a couple weeks back. If you missed it, check it out before you read any further. The contest may be over, but the puzzle is a great way to kill a little time and ignore your family for a few minutes.
You’ll recall that we asked you to complete the crossword, take note of the theme on the grid, and then answer this mysterious question: “Who came first?” Many of you noticed that the first word in all the theme answers was a famous video game character. To wit:
17A: SONIC YOUTH
20A: MARIO LEMIEUX
38A: PACMAN DEFENSE
57A: LINK EXCHANGE
60A: CLOUD COVER
Of the five characters hidden in the grid, Pac-Man came first: He debuted in 1980, shortly before Mario made his first appearance (then known as “Jumpman”) as the hero of Donkey Kong in 1981. (The rest: Link, The Legend Of Zelda, 1986; Sonic, Sonic The Hedgehog [first playable appearance], 1991; Cloud Strife, Final Fantasy VII, 1997.)
The vast majority of the entries correctly answered “Pac-Man,” and we had so many entries that I picked four winners (at random) instead of the promised three. Congratulations to Michael S., Zachary M., Zoe M., and Jack C.—your assorted gifts from the Gameological swag bag are on their way!
Here’s a link to the full crossword solution. Thanks to everyone who entered. It seems that this crossword contest was something of a hit, so we’ll try to do another one in the coming months.