CBS Foundation
Help save lives and enjoy your favorite hobby at the Second Annual Community Blood Services

Crossword Puzzle Tournament & the first-ever New Jersey Sudoku Tournament at

232 E. Ridgewood Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07450
Tel - 201 445 0726

Sudoku Tournament

Friday, September 29

From 7:00 pm through 10:00 pm

St Martin Press

Crossword Tournament

Saturday, September 30

Registration begins at 8:30 am

Tournament begins at 10 am & concludes at about 6 pm Lunch on contestants’ own at approximately noon
Are You a Puzzle Fan?

If solving puzzles is your thing, whether Sudoku or crossword puzzles, then join the fun of the 2nd Annual Community Blood Services Foundation Puzzle Tournament.

Through your participation, you will help Community Blood Services, headquartered in northern New Jersey, to save lives through collection and processing of blood and blood products, recruitment of bone marrow donors, and donations of umbilical cord blood that will have the potential to save the lives of people with leukemia and lymphoma.

Anyone of any age can enter either or both tournaments, but those who are paid professionals in the crossword puzzle business are encouraged to volunteer as judges and not attend as contestants .(Judges are guests of Community Blood Services Foundation for all events.)
Meet Crossword Guru Will Shortz of The New York Times.
Will Shortz, star of the hit documentary, Wordplay, will be on hand to lead word games (beginning at about 4:30 pm), sign books, and give out prizes.
Morning Continental Breakfast and afternoon snacks will be donated by Starbucks of Ridgewood. Contestants can choose a place to have lunch on their own from more than 50 local restaurants.
Special Post-Tournament Reception

Join our judges, Will Shortz and your fellow contestants for a wine and cheese plus light supper reception at Bookends after the tournament.  Cost for this reception will be $20/person. (free to judges and constructors).

Stock Up On Your Favorite Puzzle Books

(Great way to start your holiday shopping!)

Bookends will donate a percentage of the gross proceeds to Community Blood Services Foundation for any puzzle books, games, or other books purchased by contestants or guests during the two days of the tournament.


About Community Blood Services

Community Blood Services has saved lives by providing blood and blood products to nearby hospitals since 1953. CBS collects, tests and processes donations at its headquarters in Paramus, NJ, as well as through mobile drives throughout Northern New Jersey and southern New York. We also have sites in some of the hospitals we serve and at our two branch offices located in Goshen, NY and Lincoln Park, NJ. The organization provides blood and blood products to 37 hospitals throughout the area, including Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Sussex, Union and Hudson Counties in New Jersey, Rockland, Albany and Orange Counties in New York State, and a few hospitals in New York City.

Our efforts thus save thousands of lives of accident victims, cancer patients, people with leukemia or lymphoma, surgical patients, and those with sickle-cell anemia. Each month, we needs to process approximately 3,500 units of red blood cells, plus 600 units of platelets (used for surgery, cancer patients, and hemophilia) and plasma (used for burn patients and accident victims) in order to meet patients’ needs.

The HLA Registry, a division of Community Blood Services, has more than 225,000 donors who are willing to donate their bone marrow to victims of leukemia, lymphoma or other devastating diseases who need transplants. Our Elie Katz Umbilical Cord Blood Program is one of only 31 centers throughout the United States that provides stem cells from the umbilical cords of new-born babies for use by the general public.

How Does It Work?

First Sudoku Tournament in New Jersey

For those who love figuring out the numbers to solve a Sudoku puzzle, you’ll have your chance to show how good you are in New Jersey’s first-ever tournament for this latest craze in puzzling.

There will be two divisions:

Junior: Ages 12 through 17 (must have parental permission)

Adult: Ages 18 and over

Sudoku fans will be challenged by at least four puzzles prepared by puzzle guru Will Shortz, puzzle editor of The New York Times.  Compete for a first prize of $100, trophies for the top three winners in each division, plus hand-held Sudoku electronic games donated by G.S. Schwartz and Company to be given to the top ten winners.  All those who correctly solve each puzzle will receive bonus points for each minute they finish early; winners will be those with the highest score.  No credit will be given for incorrect puzzles.
Second Annual Crossword Tournament

Here’s another chance to match wits with some of the best-known constructors for The New York Times, Penny Press/Dell Magazines and Newsday crossword puzzles.

All contestants will tackle five puzzles specially created for this tournament and edited by famed wordsmith Nancy Schuster. They will be judged on speed and accuracy. Solving time limits will vary depending on each puzzle's size. When all five puzzles have been completed and scored, the top three finalists from each division will tackle a sixth championship puzzle in front of all other contestants. All pre-registered contestants will receive a crossword book donated by St. Martin’s Press.

Division A: Those who have placed in the top 30th percentile in any crossword tournament

Division B:  Everyone else

Winners will share $500 in prize money, and will each receive a trophy.  Trophies and books will also be awarded to the top contestants in the Rookie division, top contestants from several geographic regions, age groups (including juniors under 21, 50’s, 60’s, and Senior Citizens  70+), plus "the coveted Handwriting Award."


Work Phone Number
Home Phone Number
Email Address

Events you are entering:

Sudoku ($40)
Crossword Tournament ($60)
Both Sudoku and Crossword ($90)
Solve at Home Sudoku ($15)
Solve at Home Crosswords ($25)
Solve Both at Home($35)
Games with Will Shortz only: $10 donation
Post-tournament reception: $20


or list the tournaments in which you have particpated.

Approximate rank in last tournament:


Would you like to be a volunteer at the tournament AND NOT COMPETE?
(Make checks payable to Community Blood Services Foundation)


Puzzle Tournament

Community Blood Services Foundation
970 Linwood Avenue W, PO Box 39
Paramus , NJ 07653-0039
At the door: $70
REGISTER above and pay the registration fee below through our online store or by mail.
Pay Online for your events:
Order by Mail
Your entry fee includes a tax-deductible donation.

For more information, please cal or email - Therese Weiss at (201) 705-1623 or [email protected].

Fax: (201) 265-2032


The Community Blood Services Foundation Crossword Puzzle Tournament is sponsored by: St. Martin’s Press, Bookends of Ridgewood, Starbucks of Ridgewood, and by North Fork Bank. Artwork by Joseph Bulaon.


We have reserved a block of 10 rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hotel ( 3 miles away), Paramus, located at 601 From Road near the Paramus Park Mall.  Rooms are available at a special rate of $110/night. Reservations must be made by September 5, 2006 to qualify for this rate. The Inn will run special shuttles to and from the tournament site. To reserve, call (201) 262-6900, and mention that you are with the Crossword Tournament., or go to, and click on Paramus.


From New York City:  Take the George Washington Bridge to Route 4 West, go about 10 miles to Route 17 North.  Take Route 17 North about 4 miles to Ridgewood Avenue West. Take Ridgewood Avenue to the center of town, about two miles.  Just past Maple Avenue, you will see Bookends on your left. 

From the Garden State Parkway North or South: Take Exit 165, Ridgewood Avenue, West, and follow above directions

From the West:  Take Route 80 East to Garden State Parkway North, then follow above directions.

Parking:  Some free parking (first-come, first served) is available behind Bookends, off of Dayton Place. Make a left at the next corner past Bookends, then left onto Dayton Place. Metered parking for the entire day is available in the Ridgewood Municipal Lot; make right into lot just past bookends.  Long-term parking is at the far end of the lot; please bring quarters.

By public transportation:
Take the 5:37 pm Northeast Corridor line train on Friday or the 8:14 am Northeast Corridor Line train on Saturday from Penn Station to Secaucus Transfer Station, and then transfer to Main or Bergen Line to Ridgewood.  Or take Buses # 164, 144, 145 or 148 from Port Authority downtown or Bus #175 from Port Authority uptown to Ridgewood. Bookends is just a short walk East on Ridgewood Avenue from either the bus station or the train station.  Go to for bus and train schedules.

Community Blood Services Foundation

970 Linwood Avenue W, PO Box 39
Paramus , NJ 07653-0039