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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

MOGA Puzzle Competition: Day 1 - 4/20/16

I recently was asked to test a set of ten puzzles that were being prepared for a puzzle competition during an Ohio Mega event.  Over the course of 2.5 hours, teams of two people would work on them using only their writing implements and scratch paper ... no phones, computers, tablets, calculators, or tools of any kind.  The puzzles would be stapled together and could not be separated (although some creativity and careful manipulation of the pages would allow two puzzles to be worked on at the same time).  The puzzles had a wide range of types and difficulties, but in order to challenge the strongest solvers, the overall difficulty level was purposely set such that none of the teams were really expected to finish all of them in the time allotted. Twenty-two teams ended up competing, and I think they had a lot of fun.  Over the next three days I'll be sharing the caches that were hidden to go along with these puzzles from the competition (you can find the complete list on the bookmark from any one of them).   Today, let's get warmed up with:

MOGA 2016 - Bobsleigh (p01)

MOGA 2016 - Curling (p02)

MOGA 2016 - Nordic Combined (p04)

MOGA 2016 - Figure Skating (p05)

Tomorrow, more from MOGA.

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