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Internet NOBle Puzzle Contest 2005 - Results
2005 World SCRABBLE® Championship
Rubik's World Championship 2005
PQRST 15: Start
Internet NOBle Puzzle Contest 2005
The 14th WPC Is Over and the Winners Are Known
The American Mensa's National Testing Day 2005
14th WPC Photo Report
Almost 30 Countries Announced to Join the 14th World Puzzle Championship
Google's 7th Birthday
Toward the Biggest Championship in the WPC's History!
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2005
14th World Puzzle Championship
The Ninth Mind Sports Olympiad
2005 National SCRABBLE® Championship
MathFest 2005
PQRST 14: Start
Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests - Primal Squares
Amazon.com 10th Anniversary
2005 Google USPC - Results
LAConic 2005 - the NPL Convention
World's Leading Maze Designer Throws Open Doors For Charity Day
Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship 2005
Puzzle Design Tournament 2005
PQRST 13 Results
Mensa Mind Games® 2005
2005 National School Scrabble® Championship
27th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
PQRST 12
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Internet NOBle Puzzle Contest 2005
Internet NOBle Puzzle Contest 2005 - Results
In the middle of the past November the best puzzle and the best solvers of the Internet NOBle Puzzle Contest 2005 were announced. And the results are...

1st place (163 pt.) - Polygon 12 - by Palmhead (Japan)
2nd place (102 pt.) - pup zuz Puzzle - by Yoshi (Japan)
3rd place (92 pt.) - Best Set for Maximum of Differences - by Christian Romon (France)
4th place (73 pt.) - Six Stones - by Tim (Australia)
5th place (62 pt.) - Fill the Box - by Cihan Altay (Turkey)
6th place (42 pt.) - PL-W - by Mitsuhiro Odawara (Japan)
7th place (32 pt.) - 77 Figure Dissection - by JUNK (Japan)
8th place (0 pt.) - PAGODA - by Martin Watson (England)
9th place (0 pt.) - Quad-Block - by Bill Darrah (U.S.A.)
10th place (0 pt.) - Everywhere 150yen!!! - by HARAKEN (Japan)
11th place (0 pt.) - AYDA - by Hasyurt (Turkey)
12th place (0 pt.) - Closer! - by Bogdan Gheorghe (Romania)
13th place (0 pt.) - How many coins are there in the NOBle prize, just? - by iNpc2005 committee (Japan)

The 1st puzzle Polygon 12 has won 20 000 Yen.

Also the solvers are rated as follows.

1st place (252 pt.) - Yoichi Enta (Japan)
2nd place (222 pt.) - Joky (R.O.C. (Taiwan))
3th place (121 pt.) - Christian Romon (France)
4th place (121 pt.) - Fred (France)
5th place (113 pt.) - Tim (Australia)
6th place (80 pt.) - Nick (U.S.A.)
7th place (52 pt.) - MINE (Japan)

The first five solvers have won a special wooden mechanical puzzle.

Our congratulations to all the winners and participants!

For more information on the Contest and its results, please visit http://www.onsenfan.com/bbs/index.htm?uid=pzkn, and to see the submitted puzzles (as PDF files), please visit http://www.puzzleworld.org/.../noble2005/ (posted by Nick Baxter).
Source  |  Submitted Puzzles  |  Posted: December 14, 2005
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Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests - Circle Packing
Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests - Circle Packing
The current Al Zimmermann's Programming Contest named Circle Packing is in its midst. As usual, the contest is intended for people who like to compete on programming challenges, and spend much of CPU and/or brain power on it.

The Circle Packing contest started on October 30, 2005 and its deadline is January 14, 2006. First prize is $250, second prize is $150.

Participating is free. To enter a contest, you just need to register. Once registered, you may submit your solutions whenever you like, they will be automatically judged and the results page will be updated accordingly.

The Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests have an associated discussion group. If you think you might enter the contests, you should join the discussion group.
Source  |  Posted: December 5, 2005
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2005 World SCRABBLE® Championship
2005 World SCRABBLE® Championship
The 2005 World SCRABBLE® Championship is starting this day (November 16) at the Marriott Regent's Park Hotel in London, England. The event will last through November 20.

The World SCRABBLE® Championship has been held every second year since 1991, alternating until this year between the sponsorship of Mattel Inc. and Hasbro. Mattel were not expecting to stage the event in 2005 but have stepped into the breach following Hasbro's withdrawal.

More information about the event, including schedule, registration, prizes or history, can be found on the official WSC website.
Source  |  Posted: November 16, 2005
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Rubik's World Championship 2005
Rubik's World Championship 2005
Rubik's World Championship 2005 will be held from November 4 trough 5 at Disney's Pop Century Resort in Florida.

The tournament will be governed by the current World Cube Association (WCA) Rules which are agreed guidelines for competitor, judging, puzzle, timing and mixing aspects of competitive cubing. The World Cube Association  is an independent group of cube enthusiasts who have organized themselves to sponsor, host and promote various cubing tournaments and to share ideas and methods on how to better solve various puzzles and games including Rubik's Cube.

A special 25th Anniversary Trophy will be given to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners in all categories as well as the fastest competitor in each category from each country represented.

For more information about the event, including registration, accommodations or program schedule, please visit the Official Rubik's and WCA Event page.
Source  |  Posted: November 3, 2005
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 15: Start
The quarterly and online competition PQRST 15 starts on November 5, Saturday, at 20:00 (GMT+02). After the launch you'll have one week to solve and rate 10 puzzles.

Also there are approximately 50 rating points in this contest, to be earned at Puzzle Ratings.

For more details, rules, and other info on the event get on www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Source  |  Posted: November 3, 2005
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Internet NOBle Puzzle Contest 2005
Internet NOBle Puzzle Contest 2005
A special project "internet NOBle puzzle contest 2005"(iNpc2005) has been recently announced by a group of Japanese puzzlers. The contest is sponsored by Academy of Recreational Mathematics, Japan (PUZZLE KONWAKAI).

This is a prize contest and the award is 20,000 Japanese Yen. It is opened to everyone, but only the best one puzzle will get the prize.

If you are willing to participate you are invited to send in your new best-one puzzle. The puzzle must be either your original or your modified puzzle of an earlier original one. All kind of puzzles are allowed, mechanical or pencil puzzles. Using PC is allowed. Puzzles should be not open-published yet. The unsolved puzzles are allowed to be contributed too. Simple puzzles may be better than complicated ones. Team work is allowed.

Deadline of the puzzle submission is 27th of October, 2005 JST. Japan Standard Time is GMT+9 hours.

After the submission is over a solving contest will be held - from October 30 through November 5, 2005 JST. Anyone can try solving the submitted puzzles, and then vote for the best four puzzles with a special ranking system. Details of the rating system are already revealed.

For more information about the contest, please visit the Official contest page or http://www.geocities.jp/hikimi_puzzle/.
Source  |  Modified: October 25, 2005  |  Posted: October 24, 2005
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14th WPC leaders: Niels Roest of the Netherlands, Wei-Hwa Huang of the US and Ulrich Voigt of Germany
The 14th WPC Is Over and the Winners Are Known
This was an amazing fall week in Hungary, in the old city of Eger, full of history. The weather was marvelous, and the meal was delicious. The folks were hospitable and the puzzles were excellent. And on top of that the fun was in the air all the time...
Read More  |  Source  |  Posted: October 21, 2005
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The American Mensa's National Testing Day 2005
The American Mensa's National Testing Day 2005
The American Mensa's eighth annual National Testing Day will take place this Saturday, Oct. 22. Local Groups across the country will administer the Mensa Admission Test. The test fee is $30 and a photo ID is required. The test is open to anyone age 14 and older, but parental permission is required for anyone age 14–17.

Each fall the Mensa Admission Test is given at more than 150 test sites on a single day, promoting membership in American Mensa nationwide. In past years as many as 1,600 potential members across the country have participated in a single NTD. In 2004, 97 groups administered the test at 200 test sites from coast to coast.

For more information about the event, please visit the official web-page.
Source  |  Posted: October 20, 2005
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14th WPC Photo Report
14th WPC Photo Report
Our special Photo Report from this year's World Puzzle Championship in Eger, Hungary just arrives. We are going to update the Report till the end of the event on October 15 - for both the 14th WPC and the 6th 24 HPC. Thus, you are welcome to come back each day to check the new photos from Eger.
Read More  |  Source  |  Posted: October 10, 2005
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Almost 30 Countries Announced to Join the 14th World Puzzle Championship
Almost 30 Countries Announced to Join the 14th World Puzzle Championship
It is less than two weeks left for the start of this year's World Puzzle Championship. At the moment 29 countries from four continents have already registered to send their teams to the event. Several of them in addition to the official A-team are going to provide the full B-team to participate.
Read More  |  Source  |  Posted: September 28, 2005
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Google's 7th Birthday
Google's 7th Birthday
One of the best search engines ever, Google, celebrates its 7th birthday. Except its great search performance, Google is also a primary sponsor to the US Puzzle Championships and the US Puzzle Team for the World Puzzle Championships. Happy Birthday!
Source  |  Posted: September 27, 2005
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Eger - Historical Game
Toward the Biggest Championship in the WPC's History!
This year the 14th WPC is planned to include more puzzle programs than ever. The Hungarian Puzzlers’ Association decided to deliver you much more than a simple WPC. During the event (8-13 October) they are planning to hold a Crossword Puzzle, a Scrabble and a Pop-Rock-Quiz Championships as well. Moreover after the WPC you’ll get an opportunity to take part in the unique 6th 24 Hours Puzzle Championship (14-15 October).

Until now interest from 27 countries has been confirmed. Also there is an interest from several countries (e. g. USA, Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Romania) to send a B-team and/or extra puzzlers for the WPC. Now it seems that this Championship can be the biggest one in the WPC’s history!
Read More  |  Source  |  Posted: August 31, 2005
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Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2005
This year the annual IPP Puzzle Design Competition was renamed to honor Nob Yoshigahara, who was a great designer, promoter, and ambassador of mechanical puzzles throughout the world. The goal of this annual Competition is to promote and recognize innovative new designs of mechanical puzzles.

The fifth Puzzle Design Competition was held in conjunction with IPP25 this July in Helsinki, Finland. Judging and awards were presented directly at IPP25 too.

57 puzzles have entered the Competition this year.

As a result the W-O puzzle by Shiro Tajima receives the Puzzlers' Award which is selected by IPP attendees. The Grand Prize, selected by Judging Committee, is awarded to Radix puzzle by
Akio Yamamoto. Five extra puzzles receive Honorable Mention awards. Our congratulations to the winners!

To see more details (available in PDF version too) on the winners, all the participating designs, rules and schedules visit the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition home page.
Source  |  Posted: August 15, 2005
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14th World Puzzle Championship
14th World Puzzle Championship
The 14th World Puzzle Championship will be held on October 8-13, 2005 in Eger, Hungary. Simultaneously, the annual Congress of the World Puzzle Federation will be held too.

The organizers of the event, the Hungarian Puzzlers' Association, cordially invite puzzlers from all over the world to participate. At the moment teams from 23 countries are registered. If you do not find your country in the official list of the participants, then it's only up to you, devoted puzzlers, to make that happen...
Read More  |  Source  |  Posted: August 8, 2005
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The Ninth Mind Sports Olympiad
The Ninth Mind Sports Olympiad
The 9th Mind Sports Olympiad takes place from Friday August 19th to Monday August 29th inclusive in the Renold Building at Manchester Conference Centre. Following the tradition of the previous year, MSO is again held in collaboration with the British Historical Games Society's Britcon Olympiad.

MSO is an Olympiad for "thinking" games. The competitors play each other at a variety of well known strategy games, such as Abalone Chess, Bridge, Draughts (Checkers), Backgammon, Scrabble, Othello and Go, and compete for gold, silver and bronze medals, and for other prizes.

This year the Olympiad is adopting the successful event model of the British Historical Games Society, whose "Britcon" event now forms part of the MSO. The concept is to combine the tournament entry and accommodation booking processes. The idea is to encourage more participants to stay in the inexpensive accommodation made available by the University of Manchester, thereby creating more of a convention atmosphere during the event.

In addition to the "entry and accommodation" package proposed to the MSO 9 participants, other principal changes from past years include such things as additional number of tournaments to the schedule on weekdays, and the new "MSO-Con" event. It is a separate event that caters for enthusiasts of what previously was called "Hobby Games". These are: Acquire, Age of Steam, Carcassonne, Lost Cities, Puerto Rico and Settlers of Catan.

For more information about MSO 9, including entry form, accommodation, games, highlights and schedule, visit www.msoworld.com/2005/.
Source  |  Posted: August 6, 2005
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2005 National SCRABBLE® Championship
2005 National SCRABBLE® Championship
The 2005 National SCRABBLE® Championship (NSC) will take place on August 19-24 at the Reno Hilton at 2500 East Second Street, Reno, NV 89595. On-line registration is now open. After registration on Friday, August 19th, all competitors will play a total of 28 rounds from Saturday, August 20th to Tuesday, August 23rd. There will be six divisions of players at this year's NSC, determined by the National SCRABBLE® Association Official Ratings List, July 1, 2005. Division 1 is for players rated >1799, Division 2 for 1600-1799, Division 3 for 1400-1599, Division 4 for 1200-1399, Division 5 for 1000-1199, and Division 6 for < 1000.

The top two finalists in Division 1 will play a best-of-five match on the morning of Wednesday, August 24th. ESPN will televise the finals, which will be presented to non-finalists via closed circuit television and hosted by an ESPN personality and a SCRABBLE expert.

In order to play in the NSC, all players must be current members of the National SCRABBLE® Association and have an NSA rating.

Also in conjunction with the 2005 National SCRABBLE® Championship the Anagrams Championship will be held too.

For more information visit the 2005 National SCRABBLE® Championship official website.
Source  |  Posted: August 3, 2005
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MathFest 2005
MathFest 2005
MathFest 2005 will be held on August 4-6, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

This year's MathFest will be an intimate celebration of mathematics and mathematicians, a program rich with varied events and activities (Hedrick Lecture, minicourses, contributed paper sessions, panels, short courses, etc.), and complemented with an opening banquet, a Los Amigos Roundup, and an exhibit hall full of mathematical books and the latest in technology for the mathematically inspired.

To learn more about the event visit the official MathFest page of the MAA Online.
Source  |  Posted: July 29, 2005
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 14: Start
The quarterly and online competition PQRST 14 is scheduled to start on August 6, Saturday, at 20:00 (GMT+02). After the launch you'll have one week to solve and rate 10 puzzles.

For more details, rules, and other info on the event get on www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Source  |  Posted: July 29, 2005
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Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests - Primal Squares
Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests - Primal Squares
A new version of Al Zimmermann's Programming Contests is available. The contests are intended for people who like to compete on programming challenges, and spend much of CPU and/or brain power on them. Although these are called "programming contests", technically you don't need to write a computer program to enter. You can enter whether you use a computer, manual calculations, or tea leaves to solve the problem.

Each contest offers a cash prize for the first three winning entries. Current contest is called Primal Squares and total prizes are $500. The contest started on July 3 and will last till September 5, 2005.

Participating is free. To enter a contest, you just need to register. Once registered, you may submit your solutions whenever you like, they will be automatically judged and the results page will be updated accordingly.

The contests have an associated discussion group. If you think you might enter the contests, you should join the discussion group.
Source  |  Posted: July 28, 2005
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Amazon.com 10th Anniversary
Amazon.com 10th Anniversary
On July 16 Amazon.com, the leading online seller, celebrates the 10th anniversary of the day when it first opened its virtual doors for business. Among many other items Amazon also sells toys, games and puzzles as one of their distinctive items.

Based on the occasion Amazon has prepared many anniversary activities to its customers, including A Show of Thanks - the concert featuring Bob Dylan and Norah Jones, as well as all-time customer-favorite authors and filmmakers. Starting at 5 p.m. PT on Saturday, July 16 the concert will be streamed live on the Amazon.com homepage. The event will be hosted by humorist Bill Maher and feature musical performances, author readings, and other presentations from some of our all-time top-selling artists.

For more details on the celebration events visit Amazon.com 10th Anniversary page.

Happy Birthday!
Source  |  Posted: July 13, 2005
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2005 Google USPC - Results
2005 Google USPC - Results
2005 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship is over.

Zack Butler solved 21 out of 22 puzzles, scoring 385 out of a possible 395 points, to win the 2005 U.S. Puzzle Championship title. Wei-Hwa Huang, the 2003 winner, also solved 21 puzzles and is runner-up. Jonathan Rivet placed third, and former champion Roger Barkan was fourth. All four will represent the U.S. at the World Puzzle Championship in Hungary on October 8-13. Among the Canadian participants the top scored is Byron Calver with 285 points. And from other international - Taro Arimatsu from Japan with 325 points. Our Congratulations!

More info on puzzles and final statistics is available on the Championship Summary Page.

Also available are Top individual results and Full individual results.

For more information visit the home page of the U.S. Puzzle Team - wpc.puzzles.com.
Source  |  Posted: July 10, 2005
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LAConic 2005 - the NPL Convention
LAConic 2005 - the NPL Convention
The 166th Convention of the National Puzzlers' League (NPL) has started on July 7 in Los Angeles - LAConic 2005. It will last till July 10. Almost every year since 1883 the NPL hosts a convention. The previous convention was held in Boston, MA, July 8-11, 2004.

If you are interested, take a look at the Convention Pages of the NPL official site for more information, including a list of past NPL conventions, photographs, reports, and more. This section is updated as soon as new announcements are made.

For more information on the NPL and its conventions visit their official website.
Source  |  Posted: July 7, 2005
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World's Leading Maze Designer Throws Open Doors For Charity Day
World's Leading Maze Designer Throws Open Doors For Charity Day
Adrian Fisher - the world's leading maze designer - is to throw open the doors of his Dorset home on Saturday, July 9th to help raise money for charity.

The 'The Amazing Dorset Garden Party' is being held at Portman Lodge in Durweston near Blandford from 1pm to 3pm to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation and the Walking the Way to Health initiative.

Visitors will be able to try and solve a variety of different mazes, puzzles and labyrinths including inflatable mazes, a turf labyrinth, tile mazes, rope puzzles and even finger mazes! This charity event will start with a celebrity opening and have major special attractions that will suit all ages throughout the afternoon. There will be a variety of different stalls and goods for sale as well as the opportunity to meet Adrian and his amazing team and tour the 19th century manor house and grounds.

The event will also mark the official launch of the Million Mile Maze Challenge which is taking place at all 30 Adrian Fisher-designed maize mazes across Britain.

For more information visit the official Adrian Fisher Maze Design website: mazemaker.com.
Source  |  Posted: July 7, 2005
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Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship 2005
The 2005 Canadian National SCRABBLE® Championship starts today, June 9, at the Great Hall at 1087 Queen Street West (at Dovercourt) in Toronto. The Championship will last till June 11.

This year it is the 5th Championship since its inception in 1996. The Championship will bring together the top fifty expert players from across the country to vie for the title of Canadian Champion, the right to represent Canada at the 2007 World Championship, and a prize pool totaling $12,150.

More information on the event can be found at the Canadian Scrabble Championship site.
Posted: June 9, 2005
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Puzzle Design Tournament
Puzzle Design Tournament 2005
Collection of puzzle designs for Puzzle Design Tournament (PDT) 2005 has started. Send your puzzle design to pdt2005@gmail.com until June 3rd to be considered for the tournament.

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

Further details on the Tournament - puzzle types, design publication and answer checking, rating and scoring systems, results - can be found directly at the site.
Posted: May 23, 2005
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 13 Results
PQRST 13 Competition (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) is finished. 146 participants took part in PQRST 13 which was held April 23-30, 2005. All results of the competition are posted at the site already.

PQRST 14 will start in July.

For more details and rules get at www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: May 23, 2005
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Mensa Mind Games® 2005
Mensa Mind Games® 2005
This year’s Mind Games® competition starts on April 15 in Tampa, FL. It will last for three days till April 18, 2005. The competition 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.

More than 150 members of Mensa will play the year's newest board games in a 40-hour gaming marathon. At the end of the event, Mensa judges will rank their favorite games. The top five vote-getters will earn Mensa Select® distinction and may use the Mensa Select® seal in their advertising and on their packaging.

Board games, card games and other types of table and party games are eligible. Games may be for one or more players. The competition is not open to games that are incomplete or not yet in production. Video, electronic, or computer games or any games that take an inordinately long time to set up and play cannot be accommodated. The entered games are judged on aesthetics, instructions, originality, play appeal and play value.

For more information on Mind Games® and Mind Select® visit mindgames.us.mensa.org and us.mensa.org.
Posted: April 14, 2005
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National School Scrabble® Championship
2005 National School Scrabble® Championship
Today the 2005 National School Scrabble® Championship (NSSC) opens at the Marriott Copley in Boston, MA. It will last for two days - Friday-Saturday. The event is for students in grades 5-8.

To be more informed you can log onto the site for live Internet coverage of the event.

For more details get here directly.
Posted: April 8, 2005
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American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
28th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
This year the 28th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament was held in Stamford, Connecticut on March 11-13, 2005. This is the US oldest and largest crossword competition directed by New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz. Solvers tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event.

The results of this year Tournament are already available and could be found at www.crosswordtournament.com. Tyler Hinman becomes Champion of the year. Congratulations!

The next 29th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament will be held in Stamford, Connecticut on March 24-26, 2006.

For more details please visit the Tournament official site: www.crosswordtournament.com.
Posted: March 31, 2005
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PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST 12
PQRST 12 Competition (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) starts at 20:00 (GMT+02) Saturday on January 22nd. As usual, you'll have one week to solve and rate 10 puzzles.

PQRST 10 Competition (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) is finished. 148 participants took part in PQRST 11 which was held October 30 - November 6, 2004. All results of the competition are posted at the site already.

For more details and rules get at www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: January 22, 2005
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