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MASTER PIECES Brainstorm won top honors in the 2013 Crystal Classic. Photo by Robert Hackney FROM WHIMSY TO CURRENT TOPICS — AND EVEN A TRIBUTE TO ONE OF THEIR OWN — THE 2013 CRYSTAL CLASSIC SCULPTORS' ENTRIES WOWED THE CROWDS By Rachel Brown Hackney Editor "I like the coffee guy over here the best, I think." That comment was reiterated in various forms on Monday, Nov. 18, as visitors contemplated the entries in the 2013 Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition. As Marcus Cicero of Tampa and Arjan Hudepol of The Netherlands eyed that formula, Cicero said, "I feel like I should know; it's probably something simple." Thinking it just might be the chemistry for coffee, Cicero pulled out his smartphone. The "coffee guy" took top prize in the fourth After a couple of minutes of tapping keys, annual event. Sculptors Karen Fralich and he announced, "It is coffee. Thank you, Dan Belcher — 2011 Crystal Classic winners Wikipedia." — intrigued people with the chemical formula inscribed on one side of Brainstorm: An Ode In the meantime, other people paused at length to survey the sculpture, with one to Coffee.

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