The Westport Library was quieter than usual today — some of the time.
The 21st annual Crossword Puzzle Contest drew a record 130-plus cruciverbalists, from as far as Pittsburgh and Illinois.
Led by New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz — the host and grandmaster for all 21 years — the contestants tackled 3 crosswords.
That was the quiet part. During breaks, there were loud, animated conversations — about puzzles, the genius of Will Shortz, and life.
After those preliminary rounds, the finalists took the stage. Glenn Ryan of Norwich dethroned defending champion Ken Stern, finishing a “Friday puzzle” without a mistake in a blazing 4 minutes, 50 seconds.
He won a book about the origins of words — and an hour test drive in a Maserati, courtesy of the Westport dealer.
That may the only thing faster than Glenn.