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Silicon Valley Puzzle Days [Jan. 31st, 2010|07:29 pm]
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cartman94501

This weekend was the third annual Silicon Valley Puzzle Days, a benefit for the Morgan Hill Library Foundation. It was held at the Morgan Hill Library, and this was the first year I wasn't traveling and was able to attend. Saturday was all seminars about crossword puzzles, sudoku, cryptics, and the fascinating Japanese puzzles found on Nikoli's web site. I purchased a book of variety sudoku and had it signed by the authors, Wei-Hua Wang and Thomas Snyder, both of whom gave excellent presentations. There was also a panel discussion on crossword puzzle construction led by Andrea Carla Michaels, who has had a number of early-week puzzles published in the venerable New York Times and who co-authored today's puzzle with Tony Orbach.

Today was the day of the actual tournaments, sudoku in the morning, which I skipped, and crosswords in the afternoon. We did three crosswords from next week's New York Times, donated by Will Shortz, and though I came in only two minutes behind the third finalist, I had two errors in puzzle 2. This surprised me somewhat, but I haven't really been at the top of my game lately with all the cat troubles and Amy being gone for so long. I'm hoping to turn in seven more perfect puzzles at the ACPT next month, even if I don't better my times.

The final puzzle, which will be published in the Times on Friday, was not all that difficult, and I finished it (sitting in the audience) only a couple of minutes behind the first-place finisher, Eric Maddy. Considering that he had about a one-minute head start before the puzzles were handed out to those of us in the cheap seats, I was pretty pleased. Eric won the Alameda tournament in 2009 and consistently places in the top 3-4% at the ACPT, though I don't think he's ever been a finalist. He's also the first person to register for the Alameda tournament (which I run) this year, having handed me a $20 bill this afternoon. Thanks, Eric, and congratulations on another well-deserved victory!

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Defective pixel [Jan. 3rd, 2010|04:45 pm]
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ddt79
There is true expression on panel. But only one pixel is defective. Which one?


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braingames [Dec. 30th, 2009|04:11 pm]
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ddt79
http://en.braingames.ru - Puzzles, riddles, logical games
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Dissassembling two puzzles in 35 hours (video) [Dec. 19th, 2009|11:01 am]
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hikingbike
Use HD for better quality!

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_Cvq7-ZlzY


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Bay Area Crossword Tournament less than six weeks away! [Aug. 2nd, 2009|11:25 am]
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cartman94501
The Second Annual Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament is just 41 days away. Five-time ACPT champion Tyler Hinman has finished the grid for the custom puzzle he's creating for this year's tournament and is working away on the clues. There's still time to register by visiting the web site, printing out a registration form, and sending it in with a check for $25. All proceeds go to benefit the California Dictionary Project, and you might win a $100 Amazon gift certificate.
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Second Annual Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament early registration deadline fast approaching! [Jun. 4th, 2009|12:41 pm]
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cartman94501

As most of you know, the second annual Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament will be held Saturday, September 12, at 10:30am at Alameda High School. Last year's Tournament was a rousing success (we raised almost $1,000 for the California Dictionary Project), and with double the prizes and a custom puzzle created for the Tournament by five-time ACPT champion Tyler Hinman, who will also be appearing at the tournament as our celebrity judge, this year's promises to be even better!

Early registration is just $20, but you have to have it in the mail by June 30. You can read all about the tournament and print out a registration form at the official Tournament web site. After June 30, registration goes up to $25, and at the door it will be $30, so it pays to register now.

I hope to see many of you in September!

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Second Annual Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament now open for registration! [Mar. 23rd, 2009|10:39 am]
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cartman94501

The Second Annual Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament, to benefit the California Dictionary Project, will be held on Saturday, September 12, in Alameda, California. Registration before June 30 is just $20. This year's Tournament features a Sunday-sized puzzle created specially for the Tournament by five-time ACPT winner Tyler Hinman, who will also appear in person.

This was a great event last year with 53 contestants. This year the prizes have doubled to a $100 Amazon gift certificate for the winner, a $50 Amazon gift certificate for second place, and a $25 Amazon gift certificate for third place, and we hope to attract 100 contestants of all different skill levels. This is already the premier crossword-only event in the Bay Area, so register early and we'll see you in September!

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Just two days until the Bay Area Crossword Tournament [Sep. 11th, 2008|04:08 pm]
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cartman94501

As I'm sure you all know, the first annual Bay Area Crossword Puzzle Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 13, in the lovely island city of Alameda. It's too late to register in advance unless you run to the post office, but walk-ins are extremely welcome. The entry fee is $20 (cash or check) at the door. For more information, visit the tournament web site. You can even download the registration form, fill it out, and bring it with you. You can also join the tournament Yahoo! group.

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Tyler Hinman to appear at First Annual Bay Area Crossword Tournament! [Aug. 7th, 2008|10:08 am]
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cartman94501

I have just heard from Tyler Hinman, four-time ACPT champion, who lives in the Bay Area now. Tyler first won the tournament in 2005 at the age of 20 and was the youngest-ever winner. He's also the only person ever to win four times in a row. Tyler has graciously volunteered to serve as a celebrity judge at the First Annual Bay Area Crossword Tournament, to be held in Alameda on Saturday, September 13 (just six weeks away!).

If you haven't mailed in your registration, now's a great time. It's just $15 in advance, and you can download the registration form here. All proceeds benefit the California Dictionary Project, a very worthy literacy-related charity whose mission is to get a free dictionary into the hands of every third-grader in California. I've seen the dictionaries, and they're excellent.

So if you're a crossword fan, or have always wondered how well your crossword skills compare to those of your peers, come to Alameda on September 13, meet Tyler Hinman, support a worthy cause, and find out!

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First Annual Bay Area Crossword Tournament now open for registration! [Jun. 10th, 2008|01:06 pm]
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cartman94501

The first annual Bay Area Crossword Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 13, in Alameda, California. Registration is just $15 in advance, and all proceeds benefit the California Dictionary Project. You can visit the tournament website to sign up today!

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