Hey, top crossword solvers: Why not compete? Over on the New York Times Crossword Forum, Henry Hook says that the inspiration for his most recent puzzles was, as always, a “shortage of cash.” Here’s my question: Why doesn’t he compete in the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament? Or David Rosen, or even Stanley Newman… why do these top solvers bow out of the competition? Maybe it wasn’t worth it once, when the prize money was kinda low, but now the top prize is $4,000, and that’s a pretty nice chunk of change for a weekend’s work. Sure, it’s one thing if you’ve been asked to contribute a puzzle. But assuming that is not the case, why do these folks prefer to judge instead of taking a shot at a fairly substantial prize?