“This is kind of like golfing with Tiger Woods, I would think,” said avid golfer and ESPN Senior Vice President, Original Content Rob King, reflecting on his just-completed 12 minute and 19 seconds official time to tackle last Friday’s New York Times crossword puzzle.
King’s Tiger on this day was a six-letter word for “Puzzling fella” – SHORTZ – as in Will Shortz, the fourth-ever editor of the prestigious crossword known for stumping Presidents, comedians and athletes alike.
The man who went from being a seven-letter word for “Indiana University undergraduate” – HOOSIER to a three-letter word for “Virginia post grad” – HOO – was in Bristol, Conn., to “ref” a good-natured reckoning in the rivalry between King and ESPN Daily podcast host Mina Kimes.
The contest centered on who is the quicker completer for the week’s more complicated puzzles (Fridays and Saturdays). The battle coincides with tomorrow’s celebration of “National Crossword Puzzle Day.”
You’ll have to watch the video above, produced by ESPN PR’s Emily Archacki, to find out who took the title (HINT: The winner is a four-letter name, with “n” as the third letter.)
Emily Archacki shot and produced the video. Molly Mita contributed to this post.