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These Events Raise Funds For Charitable Causes

Jason SavageI designed Crossword Gold™ as an experiment. I want to see if an alternative method to raise funds for charitable causes can be successful - in this case competitive crossword puzzle events versus donation solicitations. Proceeds from Crossword Gold™ competitions will go to specified charities. They will be listed with each event. These are tough economic times. I thought that raising funds for charities in a manner that departed from the norm and offered an opportunity to win prizes and awards just might interest people. It's something different.

As far as I'm concerned, you are already a winner if you enter one of our events. Maybe you're not a crossword puzzle person.  It's possible you don't have the time or the inclination to compete.  Do you know a puzzle person?  Do you know someone who likes to compete against the clock? Give them a ticket. Do you need that unusual gift? Look no further. Here are more reasons to consider.

Prove The Experts Wrong

I consulted with numerous marketing and public relations experts before designing and launching this site. The experts said that people probably would not enter the events to win prizes or help charitable causes because they are essentially lazy. They would rather just buy a ticket to enter a drawing, like a lottery or raffle, where they didn't have to actually do anything. I went ahead with this site anyway in hopes that the experts are wrong. Here's my reasoning. There are millions of people in the US that do crossword puzzles every day. That takes some time. Just maybe these folks would like to try their skills in a competitive event. Their odds of winning are extraordinarily good compared to a lottery drawing. Everyone who submits the correct answer to one of our events receives a commemorative certificate. And the proceeds go to charity.

State & Federal Taxes

If you win a prize, the IRS and North Carolina considers the prize value as income to you, which creates a tax liability for the Winner. In order to mitigate this tax liability on prizes of $1,000 or more, each CrosswordGold™ event includes a cash component equal to 34% of the fair market value of the prize. The 34% figure is comprised of 28% Federal Tax and 6% State Tax. These additional funds should eliminate most Winner’s tax liability, but there may be some residual taxes due depending on each Winner’s individual circumstances and the effective tax rate applicable to them.

This is not a Rubik's Cube.  It's a crossword!

A rival to Rubik?  Not exactly.  An event that will drive you or your friends nuts?  I doubt it!  Something different?  Definitely!  A novelty gift?  I would like to think a ticket into a CrosswordGold™ event is a little more sophisticated, but a novelty gift isn't a bad thing, especially if that's what you've been looking for.  Here it is!

Anyone Can Capture The Grand Prize
All Solvers Win!

That's right.  You could win the Grand Prize.  It doesn't matter if you're really good at solving puzzles, playing games, or writing books.  It doesn't matter if your young, a seasoned adult, a genius or somewhere in between.  There's a nuance in the answer procedure that affords everyone an equal opportunity to win the Grand Prize.  What's more, everyone who discovers the answer to an event crossword receives a distinctive, commemorative Achievement Certificate.

Personally, I Like The Opportunity
To Win Something

I am only speaking for myself here, but if I put out an effort to do something, I like to have the opportunity to receive some recognition above and beyond the fact that I successfully accomplished the task.  That's why I like to compete in running events.  I have the opportunity to win something for my effort.  That's a driving force for me.  The age group division in running events offers me a better prospect of winning an award.  That's why I incorporated age group divisions in CrosswordGold™ events.  I went a step further by making a distinctive commemorative available to all who correctly solve the crossword within the allotted time frame - seven days.  That's way more than enough time.  I selected that duration because of the Competitor or Non-competitor Option.  Let me explain.

Many road race registrations offer the option to enter as a competitor or a non-competitor.  If you register as a non-competitor you are not eligible for an award or a registered time.  People who register as no-competitors simply like to run and are there to support the cause and enjoy the post race activities.

We do not offer a separate registration for competitors and non-competitors, but in effect you can decide if you want to compete or simply enjoy the puzzle solving experience as a non-competitor.  You can still win an award and your time will be registered, but you do not have to prepare yourself to receive the lock box password at the second it becomes available.  You can retrieve it when you want to start.  There is a seven day time limit to solve the puzzle.  That time period begins when the password is made available to all registered competitors. That signifies the start of the competition.  You will understand the significance and usage of the password after you complete the Competition Sample.

The bottom line is, you can enjoy the event experience in whatever manner suits your comfort level, as a competitor or a non-competitor.  Just have fun.

The Competition Database

Everyone who submits an answer will be recorded in our database.  Timing will be to the 1/10,000 of a second.  You will be able to see how you placed overall, within your age group, state, gender or country.  Click here is see the database.  We have an example containing two simulated records.

Concentrate on the Solving, not the Competition!

This event is designed to be fun and rewarding for everyone.  Don't get nervous about it being a competition.  Think about discovering the singular answer to the crossword as a personal challenge.  You may be the Grand Prize winner, in the top 3, or place in your age group.  The real objective is to discover the answer.  The fun is in the solving.  And you get rewarded for solving this one!

An Unusual Gift

Why did so many give a Rubik's Cube as a gift?  This is pure speculation, but the cube was a new, movable block.  It was truly unique.  People may have liked the idea of giving something different.  We all look for the unusual, affordable present for that person who has everything.  Some may have given the cube just to torment their friends.  Whatever the reason, it has a place in history, and its success continues today.

CompetitionThere are speedcubing competitions, but I speculate the participants have a special affinity for such events.  Personally, I have not heard much about them.  If a physical cube - rather than an electronic version - is used, then the events have a limiting factor right there.  There is no limiting factor in CrosswordGold™ events.  And unlike the cube, physical dexterity is not an issue.  Can you imagine the thousands of hours cube competitors must practice to be able to realistically compete?  I did the same thing with yo-yos as a kid.  I entered and won many competitions, but I practiced many hours, day in and day out.  That's me on the far right in 1962.

CrosswordGold™ events don't require that kind of dedication.  They are designed for anyone to arrive at the correct answer.  Everyone can win.  That's the beauty of it.  Just take a look at the Tiger Time awards page.  I launched CrosswordGold™ so people could have fun competing against the clock.  An entry ticket gives you that opportunity.

I have been a competitive road racer for over thirty years.  The age group divisions in CrosswordGold™ events were incorporated as a result of my racing experience.  If you are a runner or race coordinator, you may want to take a look at my Your Running Memories site.

Thank you very much for your time.  I look forward to seeing you in our results listing.

Jason Savage



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