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Domino Day 2004
13th WPC - Results
PQRST 11
13th World Puzzle Championship
8th Mind Sports Olympiad
2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship
2004 IPP Puzzle Design Competition
PQRST 10 Results
PDT 2004
2004 Google USPC - Results
2004 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
Mensa Mind Games® 2004
2004 NSSC
PQRST 09
27th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
FOX Will "Test the Nation" For The Second Time
Puzzle Design Tournament 2003 - Results
Al Zimmermann’s Programming Contests
PQRST 08
Clever Puzzles Contests
Clever Puzzles Contests
Each month Dr. Fun from Clever Puzzles brings up to your attention a little contest. The first person to submit the correct answer wins a copy of the booklet “Dr. Fun’s Sampler”. The answer and the name of the person submitting it is also published on the site next month.

If you want to see the previous contests, visit the contest's archive at www.cleverpuzzles.com/puzzle.htm.

For more details, visit Clever Puzzles directly.
Posted: November 19, 2004
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Domino Day 2004
Domino Day 2004
After the break in the last year the "domino Day" with RTL is back again! On November 12 the sixth domino Day will set 4,250,000 stones in attempt to break the 3,847,295 stone record of 2002. The topic of the domino Day 2004 carries very intriguing name - "The Challenge." The topic is subdivided in six sub-topics, which are used as a main point to reach the characters, shows and settings within which the stones will fall. 100 builders work around the bell to complete the Challenge.

Like in previous years this large-scale project is a cooperation of several countries. Except the Netherlands other countries which take part in the show are: Germany, France, United Kingdom, Spain, Hungary, Austria, Belgium, and Switzerland. The spectators from these countries will be able to observe the sensational TV hit live. This year the largest nuclear "domino" chain reaction of the world will be moderated by front woman Frauke Ludowig of RTL. She will get the support from sport expert Uli Potofski. The Dutchman Robin Paul Weijers will take over again the guidance and direction of the domino retransmission which is planned to be on Friday, November 12, from 19:30 till 23:00 (GMT +01:00).

Some historical facts about domino Day. In 2002 it lasted 92 minutes until almost 3.8 million stones had tilted to an artful object. The domino world record was increased steadily from year to year: 1.6 million in 1998, over 2.4 million in 1999, 2.9 million in 2000, 3.5 million in 2001 and 3.8 million in 2002. Of course, this year all expect the record to be broken again!

Some useful links:
www.rtl.de/tv/tv_871001.php
www.abendblatt.de/daten/2004/10/13/351606.html
www.wiebenje.com/!_domino/
Posted: November 11, 2004
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13th WPC - Results
13th WPC - Results
The 13th WPC took place October 12 - 17 in Opatija, Croatia. It was organized by the Croatian Puzzle Federation, supported by puzzle magazine Feniks and it was for the second time that WPC was held in Croatia (First was 1997 in Koprivnica).

Puzzlers from 25 countries attended WPC this year. After three days of competitive solving, Team USA emerged to be the winning team, with the teams from Germany and Hungary close behind. This was Team USA's eighth team title.

And the individual winners are... Niels Roest of The Netherlands became the Champion this year, just as he made it 2002. Ulrich Voigt of Germany was second, while American Roger Barkan placed third. As usual, our Congratulations to all!

Please, visit the World Puzzle Federation official site for more information on WPC. Also you can visit the official US Team web site.

The 14th WPC will be held in 2005 in Hungary.
Posted: November 5, 2004
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 11
PQRST 11 Competition (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) starts at 20:00 (GMT+02) Saturday on October 30th. As usual, you'll have one week to solve and rate 10 puzzles.

For more details and rules get at www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: October 24, 2004
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13th World Puzzle Championship
13th World Puzzle Championship
The 13th World Puzzle Championship started on October 12 at Opatija, Croatia and will last till October 17. Simultaneously with the competition the WPF General Assembly will be held too.

All participants of the WPC will have the accommodation at the Hotel Ambassador in Opatija, in which all the competitions and meetings will also take place. Hotel Ambassador is located near the sea, close to the center of the town of Opatija, which is recognized as the first Croatian tourist resort with the tradition for over one century...

More detailed information on program, accommodation and puzzles including Puzzles from Croatian WPC qualifications and Booklet for WPC '04 Opatija can be found at www.feniks.com.hr.
Posted: October 14, 2004
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8th Mind Sports Olympiad
8th Mind Sports Olympiad
The 8th Mind Sports Olympiad took place from Thursday August 19th to Monday August 30th inclusive in its new permanent home at the Renold Building at Manchester Conference Centre. This year the Olympiad took place in collaboration with the British Historical Games Society's Britcon Olympiad event, featuring the UK National Championships for a number of different periods.

The total prize fund was over £17,000 cash ($30,000 or ˆ25,000) plus prizes in kind.

For more information about MSO 8 results, highlights and schedule visit www.msoworld.com/2004/.
Posted: September 14, 2004
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2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship
2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship
We join to the congratulations to the new National SCRABBLE® Champion, Trey Wright!

The 2004 National SCRABBLE® Championship was held on July 31 - August 5 at the Marriot Hotel in New Orleans, LA. Over 800 players played eight games Sunday, seven games Monday, eight games Tuesday and seven games Wednesday. After those thirty games, the top two contenders in Division 1 played a best-of-five final match on Thursday, which will be telecast in the fall on ESPN.

For more detailed information visit the National SCRABBLE® Championship site directly.
Posted: August 30, 2004
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2004 IPP Puzzle Design Competition
2004 IPP Puzzle Design Competition
The fourth IPP Puzzle Design Competition took place this summer in Tokyo, Japan, in conjunction with IPP24. The judging was directly at IPP24 on August 1-2, 2004. The goal of this annual competition is to promote and recognize innovative new designs of mechanical puzzles.

59 puzzles have entered the competition this year.

Both main awards, Puzzlers' Award, selected by IPP attendees, and Grand Prize selected by Judging Committee, go to one puzzle - Dodecahedron Box by Kagen Schaefer. A First Prize goes to Monkey's Palanquin by Shirou Tajima. Four extra puzzles receive Honorable Mention awards. Our congratulations to the winners!

To see more details (available in PDF version too) on the prize winners, all the participating designs visit IPP Design Competition home page.

The 2005 competition will follow the same rules and procedures as the IPP24 competition.
Posted: August 16, 2004
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 10 Results
PQRST 10 Competition (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) is finished. 189 participants took part in PQRST 10 which was held July 17-24, 2004. All results of the competition are posted at the site already.

PQRST 11 will start in late October.

For more details and rules get at www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: August 16, 2004
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Puzzle Design Tournament
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PDT 2004
PDT 2004, the third annual Puzzle Design Tournament, is over. The results of this year Tournament are posted at the site.

There were 14 participants (designers) in PDT 2004. You can see the 14 puzzles of these designers in a special PDF file.

Puzzle designs for PDT 2005 will be collected in May 2005.

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Puzzle Design Tournament is an online and annual event organized by Cihan Altay. It's simply a "send one-solve multi optimization puzzles" competition.

The details about the Tournament - puzzle types, design publication and answer checking, rating and scoring systems, results - can be found directly at the site.
Posted: July 27, 2004
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2004 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship - Results
2004 Google USPC - Results
2004 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship is over.

Roger Barkan, the last year's runner-up, wins this year Championship with top score of 367 points. Second is the 2001 runner-up Jonathan Rivet with 342 points. Third place is shared by Joseph DeVincentis and Wei-Hwa Huang, each scoring 317 points. Among the Canadian participants the top scored is Derek Kisman with 303. The top one from UK is David McNeill with 277 points and from other international - Andrei Bogdanov from Russia with 267 points. Our Congratulations!

The detailed individual results, including U.S., Canada and International are already posted.

The results for the top contestants, those scoring 150 points or more, can be found here.

The individual results for the score below 150 points can be found here.

For more information visit the home page of the U.S. Puzzle Team - wpc.puzzles.com.
Posted: July 8, 2004
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2004 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
2004 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
The Google U.S. Puzzle Championship will be held on Saturday June 19, 2004.

Please read the rules and register here before June 17, 2004.

The test will start on Saturday, June 19 at 1pm EDT (GMT-4). You will have 2 1/2 hours to solve as many puzzles as you can, and submit your answer via The Answer page.

The top two US contestants will be selected for the U.S. Team to compete at the World Puzzle Championship in the Opatija, Croatia in October, 2004.

The top 25 US contestants may receive prizes, to be determined.

The top Canadian contestants: The test results will be used to invite three qualified puzzlers to join the Canadian team, as well as for determining team alternates as needed.

Scores for participants from other countries will be tallied and may be forwarded to the corresponding WPC team organizer for consideration. If there is no organized team, you may be contacted regarding potential individual WPC participation.

The 13th World Puzzle Championship will be held in Opatija, Croatia in October, 2004.

For more information visit the home page of the U.S. Puzzle Team - wpc.puzzles.com.
Posted: June 9, 2004
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Mensa Mind Games® 2004
Mensa Mind Games® 2004
Mind Games® is an intense weekend of play. Mensans judge and critique games released in the past year and award the coveted Mensa Select® seal to the top five.

This year’s Mind Games® competition was held April 16-18 in Chicago, IL. More than 180 players were challenged by the 60 game entries.

Participants, called “Judges,” play the year's newest board games in a 40-hour gaming marathon which begins on Friday afternoon and ends Sunday morning. At the end of the event, Mensa judges rank their favorite games. The top five vote-getters earn Mensa Select® distinction. This year’s winners are: 10 Days in Africa (Out of the Box Publishing), Basari (Out of the Box Publishing), The Bridges of Shangri-La (Uberplay Entertainment), Rumis (Educational Insights), Yinsh (Rio Grande Games).

The 16th Mind Games® competition will take place April 15-17, 2005 in Tampa, FL. In the past 15 competitions 70 games have earned Mensa Select® distinction. Among them are Smart Mouth™ and Rush Hour® from ThinkFun Inc.

For more information on Mind Games® and Mind Select® visit mindgames.us.mensa.org and us.mensa.org.
Posted: May 10, 2004
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2004 NSSC
2004 NSSC
The 2004 National School Scrabble® Championship (NSSC) will be held on April 23 & 24, in Boston, MA. The event is for students in grades 5-8.

Though the registration for this year Championship is closed already you can log onto the site on April 23 & 24 for live Internet coverage of the event.

Registration for the 2005 NSSC will open in October, 2004.

For more details get at school.scrabble-assoc.com/documents/national.asp directly.
Posted: April 18, 2004
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 09
PQRST 09 Competition (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) starts on April 17th Saturday at 20:00 (GMT+02). As usual, you'll have one week to solve and rate 10 puzzles.

For more details and rules get at www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: April 6, 2004
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American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
27th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
The 27th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament will take place in Stamford, Connecticut on March 12-14, 2004. This is the US oldest and largest crossword competition directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz. Solvers will tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. And prizes will be awarded in more than 20 categories, including a $4,000 grand prize.

For more details please visit the Tournament official site: www.crosswordtournament.com.
Posted: March 7, 2004
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FOX Will "Test the Nation" For The Second Time
Following the success of the first "Test the Nation" from June 2003, FOX network will unveil "Test the Nation 2" on Friday, March 5. The national I.Q. test will start at 8 p.m. ET and Leeza Gibbons with Mark L. Walberg will host the two-hour special again. Anyone who wants to check his or her I.Q. score is welcome to join it. The test will be available on-line from the show's web site - testonfox.com.

Test the Nation is a live two-hour FOX television event that allows every person in the U.S. to determine his or her I.Q. score. In the FOX studio, selected participants will be drawn from various walks of life and sit in specified groups. These groups will all be competing against one another as they try to prove just how smart they really are. After learning how the studio groups fared on the test, results from Internet users around the country will be revealed live on the show.

For more comprehensive details about the Test please visit the testonfox.com website itself.
Posted: February 21, 2004
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Puzzle Design Tournament
Puzzle Design Tournament 2003 - Results
The Second Annual Puzzle Design Tournament 2003 (May-June) is finished and its results can be found directly at the site.

To take a look at the puzzles submitted to Puzzle Design Tournament 2003 simply download the respective .pdf file.
Posted: February 9, 2004
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Al Zimmermann’s Programming Contests
Al Zimmermann’s Programming Contests
Once or twice a year Al Zimmermann runs a Programming Contest, offering a cash prize for the winning entry - ranged from a low of $100 to a high of $500. Cash prizes for the second places are usually awarded as well.

Each contest specifies a problem you must solve and as usual it is quite hard, though there are no restrictions on the tools which you can use for solving. To enter, you just email your solution. The best solution received wins the prize money. To feel the spirit of the Contests you can take a closer look at several of them run in the past.

The next (6th) contest is called "Pancakes" and is divided into two parts. Part I: start date - January 31, deadline - February 21. Part II: start date - February 22, deadline - May 22. Both parts are equally awarded.

There is a discussion group associated with the contests. If you think you might enter a contest, you should join the discussion group.
Posted: January 25, 2004
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 08
PQRST 08 Puzzle Competition (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) starts on January 17th Saturday, at 20:00 (GMT+02). You will have one week to solve and rate 10 puzzles - just as usual.

For more details and rules get at www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: January 10, 2004
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