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PQRST 07
12th WPC Photo Report
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12th World Puzzle Championship
IPP 23: Top Puzzle Designs
Garfield Goes to Pieces - The World’s Favorite Cat Turns 25!
Wei-Hwa Huang wins 2003 Google Puzzle Championship
2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship Results Pending
2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
Puzzling in Finland - Year 2003
PQRST Puzzle Competition Q1/2003
Background from Joe Marasco's website
Kadon's description
Buy Archimedes' Square at Kadon Enterprises, Inc.
Stomachion Last Issues
One of the most exciting events in puzzles happened on October 31, 2003, when Bill Cutler, one of the top computer programmers for puzzle solving, derived the number of distinct solutions for Archimedes' Square (Stomachion): 536. The New York Times ran a front-page article on the subject on December 14, 2003, about the team of scholars studying an ancient manuscript, the Palimpsest, with writings of Archimedes from 2200 years ago. Bill was asked for his help in getting the solution count by Kate Jones of Kadon Enterprises, Inc., who make the puzzle at the suggestion of Joe Marasco, whose curiosity about the Stomachion led him to start the great search. Receiving one of Kadon's sets of Archimedes' Square set the scholar heading the research team, Professor Reviel Netz, to thinking about the puzzle in new ways and getting new insights. The news spread like wildfire, and the Internet is abuzz about this hot topic.

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Background from Joe Marasco's website
Kadon's description
Buy Archimedes' Square at Kadon Enterprises, Inc.

Contributed by Kate Jones of Kadon Enterprises, Inc.
Posted: December 21, 2003
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PQRST 07
PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST Puzzle Competition
The PQRST 07 (the traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay) results are available on-line. 116 participants from all over the world took part in this competition. As usual, they were solving 10 puzzles in 7 days.

The next PQRST - PQRST 08 - will be held in January, 2004.

For more details and rules get at www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: November 22, 2003
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12th WPC Photo Report
12th WPC Photo Report
The 12th World Puzzle Championship & Congress
Arnhem, the Netherlands, October 14-19, 2003
The 12th World Puzzle Championship took place from October 14 through October 19, 2003. For the second time in WPC-history it was held in the Netherlands. This time the location was Papendal National Sports Center in Arnhem, and 21 puzzle teams from all over the World participated in the Championship.

After several days of competitions the winners are...

The team winners 2003:
1st Place - Germany;
2nd Place - USA;
3rd Place - Netherlands.

The individual 2003 winners:
1st Place - Ulrich Voigt, Germany;
2nd Place - Wei-Hwa Huang, USA;
3rd Place - Roger Barkan, USA.

Our special Photo Report from the Championship is meant to bring you the spirit of this puzzling and thrilling event. Let those captured moments speak for words!

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

The 13th WPC will be held in 2004 in Croatia, and the 14th WPC - in 2005 in Hungary.
Posted: October 29, 2003
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Puzzles--Quarterly--Rate--Solve--Ten
PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST Puzzle Competition
The next PQRST - PQRST 07 - will be held in October, 2003. Also the PQRST 06 results are already posted.

PQRST is a quarterly and online puzzle competition open to everybody. Competition is held in January, April, July and October.

Each PQRST test includes 10 puzzles of different kinds downloadable as a pdf file at the exact time of the competition. Each puzzle will have an "answer key" provided to check your answers (if you solve the puzzle you'll get the correct key).

The solvers have exactly seven days to submit their answers and ratings to all puzzles via answer page. All the results for every PQRST will be posted within one week after the deadline.

For more details and rules get at http://www.otuzoyun.com/pqrst/ directly.
Posted: September 14, 2003
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12th World Puzzle Championship
12th World Puzzle Championship
2003: Arnhem (the Netherlands)
The 12th World Puzzle Championship will be held in Arnhem, the Netherlands.

This will be the second time the Netherlands hosts this event (the first time the Netherlands hosted the 5th WPC in 1996 in Utrecht). This time it will take place from Tuesday, October 14 through Sunday, October 19, 2003.

The competition will take place at Papendal National Sports Center, the headquarters of the Dutch Olympic Committee and the Dutch National Sports Federation.

For more information on competition itself, organizing committee, program and more, visit the World Puzzle Federation official site.
Posted: September 1, 2003
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IPP 23: Top Puzzle Designs
The 3rd IPP Puzzle Design Competition - Results
The 3rd IPP Puzzle Design Competition - Results
The 23rd International Puzzle Party was held in Chicago, USA, July 31-August 4, 2003.

In conjunction with IPP23 the third annual IPP Puzzle Design Competition was held too. The goal of the IPP Puzzle Design Competition is to promote and recognize innovative new designs of mechanical puzzles.

52 puzzles have entered this year competition.
 
Puzzlers' Award, which is selected by IPP attendees, goes this time to Clutch Box by Lee Krasnow. All other prizes are selected by Judging Committee. Grand Prize goes to Cube in Cage 333 by Mineyuki Uyematsu. Two First Prizes go to Binary Burr by Bill Cutler and Six Key Mine by R. D. Rose. And two Honorable Mention awards go to Camera Conundrum by William Waite and Decorated Box by Kagen Schaefer.

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

The 2004 competition will follow the same rules and procedures as the IPP23 competition.
Posted: August 17, 2003
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Garfield Goes to Pieces - The World’s Favorite Cat Turns 25!
Garfield Goes to Pieces - The World’s Favorite Cat Turns 25!
Puzzles.COM Features Jigsaw Collections by Playtonium
The world's favorite cat is celebrating his 25th birthday, and you're invited to the party!

Dedicated to this event Playtonium.com brings a collection of jigsaw puzzles based on the Garfield theme.

We've partnered with Playtonium.com in the way to feature this collection on several of our pages and thus to bring you something from jigsaw experience via our site as well.

This project is not going to be our mainstream activity, but it is our first effort in building of commercial partnerships in puzzling with other sites. This initiative could be considered as an experiment within the bounds of our site and hope it will make some good and delightful impressions on you, our fellow visitors.

The entire collection includes jigsaw challenges for all ages: 12- and 15-piece puzzles for the youngsters, 200-piece puzzles for the grand masters. 45 classic images of Garfield and friends - images used to make more than 170 different jigsaw puzzles. The price of the collection - $19.95.

See our Garfield presentation >>
Posted: June 27, 2003
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2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
Wei-Hwa Huang wins 2003 Google Puzzle Championship
Wei-Hwa Huang, competing for a spot on the U.S. Team for the first time in ten years, held off a challenge from teammate Roger Barkan to win the 2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship by a narrow 345 to 340 point margin. Germany Ulrich Voigt was close behind with a score of 330. He also led the international scoring.

To learn more about solutions and scores for the top contestants (those scoring 150 points or more) - visit the Results Summary page.
Posted: June 13, 2003
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2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship Results Pending
SF, USA (June 4, 2003) The final results for the Google U.S. Puzzle Championship are still pending individual review. Official results will be announced Thursday, June 5.

Scoring status and solutions are available at the test summary page.
Posted: June 5, 2003
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2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
2003 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
The Google U.S. Puzzle Championship will be held on May 31, 2003 at 1pm EDT (GMT-4).

Please read the rules and register here before May 29, 2003.

The top U.S. solver will be crowned the U.S. Puzzle Champion; and the top two will qualify for the U.S. Puzzle Team and participate in the World Puzzle Championship in the Netherlands in October.

The top 25 US contestants will receive a prize, donated by team sponsor ThinkFun.

The top three Canadian contestants will be invited to join the Canadian Team to complete at the World Puzzle Championship.

The 12th World Puzzle Championship will be held in Papendal, the Netherlands, October 14-19, 2003.

For more information visit the home page of the U.S. Puzzle Team - wpc.puzzles.com.
Posted: May 21, 2003
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Puzzling in Finland - Year 2003
Finnish Puzzle Party 2003
This year FPP2003 will be held in Finland on May 18, 2003, Sunday. The Party locations are Helsinki - Hotel Marina. 

All puzzle enthusiasts from all over the World are welcome to attend. For any details please contact Matti Linkola.
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PQRST Puzzle Competition Q1/2003
PQRST Puzzle Competition
PQRST Puzzle Competition
This traditional quarterly puzzle online competition run by Cihan Altay starts on 11 January, Saturday, at 20:00 (GMT +02). As always, there are 10 puzzles to be solved in 7 days.
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