Daily Nonpareil Publisher Tom Schmitt presented a $3,750 check on Friday, Oct. 6, to Linda Sabartinelli for being the first winner of the paper's weekly Prizeweek Crossword Puzzle Contest. The contest has been going on for 64 weeks. Up to 1,500 entries per week came in the past previous week. Sabartinelli said she has played this game every week except for one week and even plays the daily crossword puzzles. "I love crossword puzzles," she said. Sabartinelli and her husband purchased their home on Seventh Avenue two years ago, but still need to install a front yard fence. "This is my fence," she said, holding the check.
If you're not familiar with the puzzle, here's how it normally works: The Daily Nonpareil and Super Saver are partnering to offer an exciting new Prizeweek crossword puzzle and the chance to earn a minimum of $500.
The new crossword puzzle will appear weekly in Sunday's edition of The Daily Nonpareil. The correct answers to Sunday's puzzle will appear in the following Saturday's edition of The Daily Nonpareil.
The minimum prize is $500 plus an additional $50 if the winner is a Daily Nonpareil subscriber. For each week that the puzzle is not solved, the prize will be increased by $50.
Unlike most crossword puzzles, the Prizeweek Puzzle includes a word list that includes all of the correct answers along with words that might seem to be correct but are not.
All entries must be received by mail at The Daily Nonpareil or dropped off in person at either the offices of The Daily Nonpareil or at Super Saver, 1141 N. Broadway, no later than noon on the Thursday following publication.
Super Saver will award prize money to the contestant who sends in an all-correct solution. In the event that more than one contestant submits an all-correct solution, the prize will be divided equally among the winners.