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Friday, April 22, 2016

MOGA Puzzle Competition: Day 3 - 4/22/16

I saved what I deemed the hardest of the MOGA Puzzle Competition puzzles for today (*see below for a description of the event if you missed the other posts this week).  One of them is a format I was familiar with, but doing it longhand provided something of a challenge.  The other one (#3) was new to me, and I admit struggling mightily with it (note that the requirement that columns are unique and rows are unique does not mean that you can't have the same pattern in both a row and a column).  Enjoy the challenge of:

MOGA 2016 - Biathlon (p03)

MOGA 2016 - Speed Skating (p10)

Tomorrow, we'll be in New York City

*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. 

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