Hey everyone, welcome to June. You'll all be pleased to know that I am in fact going to be in graduate school in September, so that's all right. Where is not yet determined, merely the fact, but I'm still fine with that.
Anyhow, so there were two grids due this week. I received six submissions for the grid from Issue 1 this term, despite a number of glaring errors in the puzzle (an across and down clue transposed, a word without a clue, a couple of shakey definitions, and a B which is also mysteriously an R), which probably means something. One of these submissions was even perfect, but that lucky person chose not to write their name on their entry, so sucks to be them. The other submissions came from Erin, Lisa & Sko; John Arnold, Migrant Programmer; Rafael; Garth "wrapped around Linda's finger" Sherrif; and Stefan Larson, who had the fewest errors is thus pronounced the winner of the Issue 1 gridWORD; congratulations! You can pick up your prize in the MathSoc office. Answers to the GridQuestion: "The scarcity of both snow and clothes", "Not doing anything with my old friends since I have a girlfriend now", and "Failing exams is less depressing when not combined with Seasonal Affective Disorder".
With regards to the Star Wars grid from Issue 2, there was a bit of a dearth of submissions, so we're keeping entries for that one open for another two weeks. Submit! If you need a copy, either print it off the website, or come by the mathNEWS office, and a friendly editor will happily give you a back-issue.
Now, in case you're wondering about the large amounts of black space in this issue's gridWORD, it's all very simple. You see, recently my Lovely Assistant has been on a ScrabbleTM craze, playing at least two games a day with basically whoever happens to be around. So it was suggested that this week's grid be taken from a Scrabble game. So the two of us, along with Sarge the SAC Guy (sorry, whatever SAC is calling itself these days) sat down and played what turned out to be a really good game, which I then transcribed, and brought to you as your puzzle for this week. Cool, eh?
Anyhow, submissions for this week are due on Monday, June 14th at 6:30 in the BLACK BOX or the MathSoc office, or you can e-mail us. Your GridQuestion for this week: Is there life after the Phantom Menace?
Matt "So-Krates" Walsh