He asked me to post this info from the contestant coordinator, as they are running a bit low on qualified applicants:
"If you and/or any of your intelligent friends, family, co-workers,
acquaintances, etc. could come to audition, we'd love to give them a
chance to be on the show.
Prospective contestants must:
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Have not appeared on a reality or game show in the past 6 months
• Not know an employee of “Merv Griffin's Crosswords," William Morris
Agency, or Merv Griffin Entertainment
Please e-mail Iwanttobeacontestant@letsdocrosswords.co
323.762.8282, to talk to me or any other member of the Contestant
Department. We'll give you more details, and talk about setting up an
Merv Griffin's Crosswords"
Since I know someone who worked on the show (though only for a week), and I also did some work for relatives of Merv Griffin (who are not involved in the crosswords show), I assume I'm not eligible. But if you are, it might be worth a try (especially if you're on the West Coast, as they don't pay for travel to LA).