The winning bidder can choose one of the following: A custom 15x15 crossword puzzle that includes the names of you and your family and/or a short phrase or message for you to share with everyone you know. ... or ... Your first and last name can appear in the top row of a crossword puzzle that is published in either the New York Times, Wall Street Journal or USA Today. Your full name must be 12 letters or less (total) and both names must be clue-able for a national audience. In either case, the crossword will be created by Randolph Ross whose puzzles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and dozens of other publications.
For the custom crossword puzzle you must supply the list of (up to four) names and/or a message to include as well as enough information to write custom clues. Any words or messages in the puzzle have to meet certain length requirements. (~2 weeks) For having your name appear in the top row of a puzzle, you can specify a preference of which publication in which it will appear but you are not guaranteed to get your preference. Also, both your first name and last name must be clue-able to a national audience. For example, if your name is John Smith the clue for John might be "____ Adams" and for Smith the clue might be "Agent from The Matrix". (~4-8 weeks)