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Domino Day 2007: Falling into Life
16th World Puzzle Championship - Results
Thomas Snyder Wins the 1st US Sudoku Championship
World SCRABBLE® Championship 2007
The World Rubik's Cube Championship 2007
Soccer, Samba and Puzzles - WPC 2007
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2007 - Results
Mind Sports Olympiad 2007
Merv Griffin launches Let's Do Crosswords!
MathFest 2007
48th International Mathematical Olympiad, Vietnam 2007
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2007
NPL's MichiCon 2007
2007 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
The 1st U.S. Sudoku Championship Ever!
Rubik's U.S. Open 2007
2007 National School SCRABBLE Championship
30th ACPT: Results
Mensa Mind Games® 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA
Sudoku '07: Results
30th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
Pi Day - 3/14 1:59pm
Open German Optimizing Puzzle Championship 2007
Silicon Valley Puzzle Day
2nd World Sudoku Championship - Prague, 2007
Eternity is Back! Win $2 Million Starting This Summer!
A New World Record at the Caltech Winter 2007
Nordic Puzzle Exhibition 2007
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Domino Day 2007: Falling into Life
Domino Day 2007: Falling into Life
Domino Day 2007 was held on 16th November, in Leeuwarden, The Netherlands. It was broadcasted live or semi-live in 12 countries. The theme of this year was Falling into Life. A total number of 4 500 000 dominoes were placed by 85 builders from 12 countries. 81,6% of the total placed dominoes fell - 3 671 465.
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Sources: Weijers Domino Productions  |  Wikipedia
Posted: December 15, 2007
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16th World Puzzle Championship - Results
16th World Puzzle Championship - Results
The 16th World Puzzle Championship which took place October 6–11, 2007 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has brought to US Puzzle Team its 10th team title! The second place went to Japan and the third - to Belgium.
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Sources: WPC 2007  |  World Puzzle Federation  |  US Puzzle Team
Posted: November 27, 2007
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Thomas Snyder Wins the 1st US Sudoku Championship
Thomas Snyder Wins the 1st US Sudoku Championship
World Sudoku Championships are held for two years already while there wasn't a US Sudoku National Championship before the end of the last month. The idea to launch a national contest for the phenomenally popular puzzle came from Brian Tierney, chief executive officer of Philadelphia Media Holdings. He contacted Will Shortz, the puzzle editor of the New York Times and the nation's leading puzzle expert, who manages American teams of competitive puzzle solvers. The rest is the history.
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Sources: Sudoku at philly.com  |  WPC Press
Posted: November 26, 2007
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World SCRABBLE® Championship 2007
World SCRABBLE® Championship 2007
This year the World SCRABBLE® Championship (WSC) will be held at the Taj President Hotel in Mumbai, India on November 9–12.
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Source: World SCRABBLE® Championship 2007
Posted: October 30, 2007
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The World Rubik's Cube Championship 2007
The World Rubik's Cube
Championship 2007
The 4th World Rubik's Cube Championship took place on October 5-7 in Budapest, Hungary. Budapest also hosted the World Rubik's Cube Championship in 1982, so this world championship was the 25th anniversary.
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Sources: World Cube Association  |  World Rubik's Cube Championship 2007
Posted: October 21, 2007
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Soccer, Samba and Puzzles - WPC 2007
Soccer, Samba and Puzzles - WPC 2007
Soccer, Samba and Puzzles - WPC 2007
In 2005, in Eger - Hungary, Brazil was voted unanimously to host the 16th World Puzzle Championship. And here we are! This weekend the 16th WPC starts in the wonderful and sunny Rio de Janeiro. The Championship will last from October 6th to October 11th. In conjunction with WPC the WPF (World Puzzle Federation) Congress will be held.
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Sources: WPC 2007  |  World Puzzle Federation
Modified: October 21, 2007  |  Posted: October 4, 2007
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Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2007 - Results
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2007 - Results
Four winning designers, five selected puzzles and six awarded prizes - all are the results of this year's Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition which took place in conjunction with IPP27, this August in Gold Coast, Australia. 55 puzzles (one more than previous year) entered this year's Competition which goal remained intact - to promote and recognize innovative new designs of mechanical puzzles.
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Source: Puzzle Design Competition
Modified: October 21, 2007  |  Posted: August 17, 2007
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Mind Sports Olympiad 2007
Mind Sports Olympiad 2007
This year's Mind Sports Olympiad (MSO) will be staged north of London in Potters Bar from Saturday August 18th to Monday August 27th.

For the eleventh straight year MSO offers a wonderful opportunity for competing in “thinking” games. Since the first Olympiad in London in 1997 there has been a movement created which is spreading worldwide. Since 1997 Mind Sports Olympiads have been held in Czech Republic, Dubai, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore and most recently in Australia with The Netherlands to follow in March 2008.

There are different competitions to cater for each game and skill. The format for most tournaments will be the Swiss system, in which all of the contestants play in every round. None of the contests is a knock-out tournament, except for some Backgammon Tournaments operating a system of knock-out.

For more detailed information on the event, including schedule, please visit the MSO official website.
Source: MSO
Posted: August 17, 2007
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Merv Griffin launches Let's Do Crosswords!
Merv Griffin launches Let's Do Crosswords!
Crossword lovers unite! Finally, there's a game show for you! Legendary game-show guru Merv Griffin, the creator of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, among others, is now launching a new game show - Let's Do Crosswords!

Merv Griffinân's™ Crosswords is a brand new game show that is looking for contestants now! Win cash and trips! If you live in the greater Los Angeles area or are planning a trip out here before the end of October, please email:
Iwanttobeacontestant@letsdocrosswords.com or call: (323) 762-8282.

Let's Do Crosswords premieres nationally September 10th on NBC.

For more information, please visit Let's Do Crosswords official website.
Source: Let's Do Crosswords!
Posted: July 28, 2007
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MathFest 2007
MathFest 2007
This year's MathFest will be held in sunny San Jose, CA on August 3-5. It will be a great celebration of mathematics, mathematical biology, and the history of mathematics, a program rich with varied events and activities for mathematicians, teachers, students, and everyone who loves mathematics!

This summer MathFest will be meeting jointly with Pi Mu Epsilon, the Society for Mathematical Biology, the Euler Society, and the Women Count Conference. The MF's program will include the scientific program, mini courses, social events and student activities

If you are interested in more detailed information about MathFest, please, visit their official website.
Sources: MAA Online  |  MathFest
Posted: July 20, 2007
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48th International Mathematical Olympiad, Vietnam 2007
48th International Mathematical Olympiad, Vietnam 2007
The 48th International Mathematical Olympiad (the "IMO 2007") starts on July 19 in Hanoi, Vietnam and will be held till July 31, 2007. It will be a perfect chance for young mathematics enthusiasts from all over the world to demonstrate their abilities and to foster friendly international relationships among mathematicians of all countries. Every year the IMO is hosted by a different country. All the participants are high school students.

During the Olympiad the participants have very good occasions to come together and develop international friendship and to blend in with the beauty of the host country. A number of excursions are planned to be held. The key event is the Contest, where each contestant has to solve three problems in each of the two days in his/her own language during 4.5 hours.

The last day is for the Closing Ceremony, and the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals will be awarded for the excellent performances.

We wish the participants to enjoy the international friendship, the Contest and the beauty of Vietnam.

For more information, please, visit the IMO 2007 official website.
Source: IMO 2007
Posted: July 18, 2007
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Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2007
Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2007
The submission of the entries to the seventh annual competition has ended on July 5, 2007, which is approximately 1 month prior to the Puzzle Party. As usual, the aim of the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition is to promote and recognize innovative new designs of mechanical puzzles. All invited Puzzle Party attendees may vote for the Puzzlers' Awards. The judging committee will select the Jury Prizes, as inspired by the entered puzzles. All awards will be announced on August 12, 2007, during the Puzzle Party.

We wish good luck to the participants and are looking forward to announcing of the winners!

For more details, please, visit the official Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition site.
Source: Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition
Posted: July 14, 2007
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NPL's MichiCon 2007
NPL's MichiCon 2007
This year’s National Puzzlers' League (NPL) Convention is held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 12–15. It is the 168-th annual Convention - MichiCon '07. The Conventions are held since 1883. Every year they are held at different place. The activities at a Convention usually include a Host's reception, a lively Friday night program, two “official” Cryptic Crosswords, competition on Saturday afternoon, and a Main Event on Saturday night. There are always games (24 hours a day) during such a Convention.

Next year's NPL Convention will be held in Denver, CO - Conorado 2008.

For more information on the NPL and its Conventions, please, visit their official website.

Good luck to the participants and organizers!
Source: National Puzzlers' League
Posted: July 12, 2007
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2007 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
2007 Google U.S. Puzzle Championship
The Google U.S. Puzzle Championship will be held on Saturday June 16, 2007 at 1pm ET. The rules can be found here. The registration deadline is June 14, 2007.

The top U.S. contestant will be selected to join the U.S. Team at the 16th World Puzzle Championship in Rio de Janeiro on October 6-11, 2007.

Two years ago, in Eger, Hungary, Brazil was voted unanimously to host the 16th World Puzzle Championship. It will be held in the wonderful and sunny Rio de Janeiro. This year, WPC will be even more fun and exciting as Rio de Janeiro is one of the most interesting and friendly cities of Brazil. Besides the puzzles, you will be surrounded by splendid beaches, natural beauties and enjoyable people, in a country symbol of soccer and in a city symbol of Samba!
Sources: US Puzzle Team  |  16th WPC
Posted: June 11, 2007
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The 1st U.S. Sudoku Championship Ever!
The 1st U.S. Sudoku Championship Ever!
The 1st Sudoku National Championship will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, in the downtown of Philadelphia, on October 19-21, 2007. The Championship will be sponsored by The Philadelphia Inquirer. The event will be hosted by Will Shortz and sanctioned by the U.S. Puzzle Championship organization.

The October tournament weekend will feature fun puzzle games for serious and casual Sudoku players, culminating in a one-day championship to determine the best Sudoku player in the United States.

The Championship will have three levels of solvers – beginner, intermediate and advanced, and will include a weekend of fun for Sudoku enthusiasts. There will also be top prizes for winners in the beginner and intermediate categories. The winner will receive a $10,000 prize and an expense-paid trip to the 2008 World Sudoku Championship in India as a member of the U.S. Sudoku Team. The intermediate winner will be awarded $5,000 and the beginner level winner will receive $3,000. There will also be trophies and $100 prizes awarded to players in a variety of categories such as age, area of residence and years of Sudoku experience.

The competition is open to people from under 10 years of age to over 80.

For more detailed information, please, visit the The Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku Website.
Sources: US Puzzle Team  |  The Philadelphia Inquirer Sudoku Website
Posted: June 11, 2007
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Rubik's U.S. Open 2007
Rubik's U.S. Open 2007
The U.S. Open 2007 Rubik's Cube Competition is scheduled on June 16-17, 2007. It will be held at Chicago Cultural Center.

Traditional main events are:
- 3x3x3 Speed Solve
- 3x3x3 One-Handed Speed Solve
- 3x3x3 Blindfold Solve
- 4x4x4 Speed Solve
- 5x5x5 Speed Solve
- 2x2x2 Speed Solve

The winner of the 3x3x3 Speed Solve competition wins an all expenses paid trip to the 2007 World Rubik's Cube Championship in Budapest!

Special event will be Cubing appearance at Gamers Paradise on Saturday, June 16, 7pm - 9pm.

For more detailed information, please, visit Rubik's U.S. Open 2007 official site.

Rubik's U.S. Open 2007 is part of Art of Play, the citywide summer celebration of toys, games and the spirit of play from June 1 through September 30.
Source: Rubik's U.S. Open 2007
Posted: May 20, 2007
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2007 National School SCRABBLE Championship
2007 National School SCRABBLE Championship
2007 National School SCRABBLE Championship (NSSC) will be held on May 4-5, at The Rhode Island Convention Center, Providence, RI.

This year 100 teams of two students each will vie for title of National Champion and the money prize of $5000. Kids representing private and public schools, libraries, home school programs... even a Girl Scout team from Arizona will compete in the Championship. ESPN will film the event for broadcast later in the year. Airdates will appear at Full NSSC website as soon as they are available.

Read about the past year's winners and visit The School SCRABBLE© Program official website.
Source: The School SCRABBLE© Program
Posted: April 30, 2007
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30th ACPT: Results
30th ACPT: Results
Tyler Hinman has won the 30th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament which ended on March 25, 2007. Our congratulations!

Visit the ACPT site to see the Full Results from the Tournament, including rankings, photos, etc.

The 31st Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament moves to the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott and is announced to be held February 29-March 2, 2008.
Source: American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
Posted: April 6, 2007
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Mensa Mind Games® 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA
Mensa Mind Games® 2007 in Pittsburgh, PA
Mensa Mind Games® will take place April 20-22 in Pittsburgh, Pa. Once again this will be a traditional 40-hour gaming marathon with Mensans judging and critiquing games released in the past year and then awarding the Mensa Select® seal to the top five of them.

Board games, card games and other types of table and party games are eligible for the event. 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®, please visit Mind Games® and American Mensa.
Source: Mind Games®
Posted: April 6, 2007
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Sudoku '07: Results
Sudoku '07: Results
The 2nd World Sudoku Championship (WSC) has ended on April 1, 2007 in Prague, Czech Republic. It revealed the new World Sudoku Champion - Thomas Snyder, USA. The first runner-up is Yuhei Kusui from Japan and the second runner-up is Peter Hudák from Slovakia.

Contestants from over 30 countries and 24 full national teams have been competing in the Championship. The top three teams are: Japan - 1st place, USA - 2nd place, Czech Republic - 3rd place.

Our congratulations to the winners and participants!

More information about the event, including Photogallery can be found at Sudoku '07 official site.
Source: Sudoku '07
Posted: April 6, 2007
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30th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
30th Annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
The nation's oldest and largest crossword competition will take place in Stamford, Connecticut, on March 23-25. It will be the 30th anniversary of the Tournament.

Solvers tackle eight original crosswords created and edited specially for this event. The judges and referees include leading names in crossword puzzling. Prizes are awarded in more than 20 categories. This year the grand prize is $5,000.

You can register and get the details of the program online. If you want to compete but can't attend, there is a possibility for you to Play by Mail or to Solve Online. For the latter option you can compare your scores with other online solvers. The online competition is for fun and bragging rights only, not for prizes. The 2007 puzzles will be posted at about the same time as they are played in Stamford at the tournament and will be available through December 2007.

For more detailed information please visit the ACPT official site.
Source: American Crossword Puzzle Tournament
Posted: March 12, 2007
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Pi Day - 3/14 1:59pm
Pi Day - 3/14 1:59pm
The number is Pi, 3.1415926535…ad infinitum. The number you get when you divide the circumference of a circle by its diameter, and it cannot be expressed as a fraction. It continues forever.

Come to the Exploratorium on Wednesday, March 14, and gather around the Pi Shrine to perform pi-related rites and eat ritual food -- will it be apple pie or pizza pie or just pie in the sky? - in honor of this special number. Sing Pi Day songs, bead a pi string, and circumnavigate the pi shrine. It’s all part of Pi Day celebrations, which culminate, appropriately enough, on March 14 at 1:59pm. That’s the third month, the fourteenth day, at 1:59pm, corresponding to the first 6-digits of Pi.

An additional reason to choose March 14 as Pi Day - Albert Einstein’s birthday!

For more information on the event, visit the official web page.

Sources: Pi Day  |  The Exploratorium
Posted: February 26, 2007
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Open German Optimizing Puzzle Championship 2007
Open German Optimizing Puzzle Championship 2007

The first Open German Optimizing Puzzle Championship will be held during March, 2007.

The Optimizing Puzzle Championship will consist of 20 optimizing puzzles. There will be four different categories with five optimizers each. The participants will have about a month time to find and submit their best answers. In the end the certificates and champions' cups will be awarded to the best participants in each category and to the overall winner.

This is an open Championship. It means participation is open to puzzle solvers from all over the world. No need to know any German word, since all instructions are provided in English too.

If you want to participate you have to register once. From March, 1st 2007 the puzzle descriptions will become available via the official web site. Puzzle descriptions will include the instructions for the puzzles and the score you might obtain. Also the page for submitting your answers will become available. Answers can be corrected and improved as long as the Championship lasts. Your best answer will be saved and can be activated at any time.

The Championship is organized by the German member of the WPF: Logic Masters Deutschland e.V.

For more information visit the official website.

Sources: Open German Optimizing Puzzle Championship 2007  |  Logic Masters Deutschland e.V.
Posted: February 26, 2007
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Silicon Valley Puzzle Day
Silicon Valley Puzzle Day
Silicon Valley Puzzle Day is held today, on Saturday, February 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sobrato High School.

The event is a fundraiser for the Beyond Books Campaign, an effort of the Friends of the Morgan Hill Library to raise funds for art and equipment for the new MH library that's currently under construction. In addition to being a fundraiser, Silicon Valley Puzzle Day serves as the kick-off of our community outreach campaign. The event features a crossword puzzle tournament (like in the movie Wordplay) and a Sudoku tournament. In addition to the puzzle-solving tournaments, organizers plan to offer workshops (20-30 minutes) on related topics.

For more detailed information on the event, please visit its official website.

Source: Silicon Valley Puzzle Day
Posted: February 24, 2007
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2nd World Sudoku Championship - Prague, 2007
2nd World Sudoku Championship - Prague, 2007
The 2nd World Sudoku Championship (WSC) will be held March 28 – April 1, 2007 in Prague, Czech Republic. The event is organized under the auspices of the president of the Czech Republic, Václav Klaus.

The competitions will be divided into two sections. First, individual competition: maximum six contestants plus one non-competing captain from each country. Second, team competition: four top players from individual competitions.

The deadline for the teams (competitors) to sign in is February 28, 2007, or immediately after national qualification.

The members of the 2007 US Sudoku Team are already known: Nick Baxter (captain), Grayson Holmes, Wei-Hwa Huang, Jonathan Rivet, Jim Schneider, Thomas Snyder, and Jason Zuffranieri.

World Sudoku Championships are supervised by World Puzzle Federation (WPF). The first one took place March 10 -11, 2006 in Lucca, Italy.

Sources: WSC 2007  |  US Sudoku Team  |  WPF
Posted: February 18, 2007
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Eternity II
Eternity is Back! Win $2 Million Starting This Summer!
Eternity II, the follow up to Eternity (released in 1999), has been launched at London Toy Fair on January, 24. It is planned to hit shop shelves on July 28, 2007.

The puzzle consists of 256 square pieces with different patterns on their sides which must match when the squares are aligned to each other. The only solution to the puzzle is now in a London bank vault. Eternity II has been developed by the original inventor, Lord Christopher Monckton, a former aide to Margaret Thatcher.

Two smaller "Clue" puzzles (72 and 36 pieces respectively) accompany the main one. Just like with the original Eternity they are developed to help solvers discover locations of key pieces.

The original Eternity has been solved in 18 months. With Eternity II solvers will have time until December 31, 2008 to submit their entries, which will be date-stamped and then analyzed. The first correct puzzle to be sent in will be the winner! How fast a solver has to be this time to overcome Eternity?
Sources: Eternity II  |  BBC NEWS  |  PR Newswire Europe
Posted: January 28, 2007
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A New World Record at the Caltech Winter 2007
A New World Record at the Caltech Winter 2007
A new World Record has been set by Dan Dzoan at the Caltech Winter Rubik's Cube Competition 2007 which took place in the Exploratorium in San Francisco on January 13. Dan solved the 3X3x3 Rubik's Cube one-handed in just 17.90 seconds!

In other categories the winners are:
Rubik's 3x3x3 Cube - Toby Mao (12.21 seconds)
Rubik's 5x5x5 Cube - Frank Morris (1:49.21 minutes)
3x3x3 blindfolded - Leyan Lo (1:56.71)

Our congratulations to the winners and participants!

For more information, please visit the World Cube Association Official Results.
Sources: World Cube Association  |  Speedcubing.com  |  The Exploratorium  |  International Rubik's Cube Championship  |  Caltech Winter 2007 Rubik's Cube Competition
Posted: January 20, 2007
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Nordic Puzzle Exhibition 2007
Nordic Puzzle Exhibition 2007
The start of the year is bringing the first puzzle exhibition. From the North. A new puzzle exhibition by Matti Linkola - one of the most prominent Finnish puzzlers - starts on January 18, 2007 in the Museum of Technology in Helsinki, Finland. This will be Matti's biggest exhibition so far. The exhibition is expected to last for a whole year - till January, 2008.

For more information about Matti, the President of the Finnish Puzzle Association (FPA), his collection and his previous puzzle exhibition in Kajaani in Kainuu Museum (2001), please visit Matti's Puzzle Page.
Sources: Matti's Puzzle Page  |  The Museum of Technology, Helsink
Posted: January 17, 2007
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