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Nick Crushes It

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Nick Crushes It Near the end, everybody has the same idea. It’s obvious, really. Hold back a trick or two and throw it into the mix in the last few minutes. Then cross your fingers and hope that your number comes up. Ideas are cheap, but who can deliver the goods? I’ll tell... read more >>

It’s official: Alan Isn’t Bogus 10

Posted by Ned Gulley,

It’s official: Alan Isn’t Bogus Alan Chalker, no stranger to the Contest Hall of Fame, wins our No Bogus Words mini-contest. His NBW endgame trio numbers 2, 3, and 4 topped the list at 21:00, and David Hruska, our master code wrangler on the contest team, has verified the non-bogosity of the answers. It was... read more >>

Ned’s Contest Analysis 4

Posted by Helen Chen,

Ned’s Contest Analysis Ned’s been thinking a lot about this season’s Crossword Contest.  You can read about what he’s been thinking by reading his Contest Analysis. Enjoy! Crossword Contest Commentary Here are some snapshots from the latest contest. Contents Darkness Winner Bogus! Sample Words Penalty = 0 Penalty = 4 Penalty = 9 Twilight Winner, Penalty = 0 Twilight Winner, Penalty = 9 No Bogus Words Scrabble... read more >>

Sergey, Master of a Thousand Nodes

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Sergey, Master of a Thousand Nodes Didn’t I tell you? Watch out for Sergey, I said. He’s the master of the Short Form, I said. And sure enough, he swooped in with seven tightly packed entries between 15:44 and 16:00 UTC, and now he’s at home counting his prize money. Or he would be if there were... read more >>

Three Mini-contests 13

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Three Mini-contests We’re in the final few days of the contest, and we know that you’re anxious to know what prizes remain to be claimed. We’ll give you a few options. First of all, we’re bringing back the venerable 1000-Node Challenge. The 1000-Node Prize will go to the entry with the best score... read more >>

Haiku Winner 1

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Haiku Winner It gives me great pleasure to award the Haiku Challenge prize to Nick Howe’s wife Susannah. Her inspired poetical lament, haunting and epigrammatic, I now reproduce in its entirety: Oh no! Contest time. I have lost my spouse again. His mistress: MATLAB. Here at the Global Contest Headquarters we have a special place in... read more >>

Weekend Winners: Amitabh and Fel

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Weekend Winners: Amitabh and Fel If you’ve been watching the statistics over the weekend, you know the result. We’ll make it official by awarding a Saturday Leap prize to Amitabh Verma for the breakthrough entry Crazy Ivan on Kangaroo Jack. I always like entries with entertaining names, so extra marks for that and well done... read more >>

Saturday Leap and Sunday Push 14

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Saturday Leap and Sunday Push As has become our custom, we will be running two mini-contests this weekend. The Saturday Leap prize goes to the person who makes the single biggest percent improvement for any entry with a submit time on Saturday, 16 April. Keep in mind that our times are registered against Universal Time;... read more >>

Nick, How Do You Do It?

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Nick, How Do You Do It? The indefatigable Nick Howe has claimed yet another prize to add to his virtual shelf-full. If you visit his author page (make sure you’re on the one that corresponds to all contests), you’ll see he’s won no fewer than eight prizes of one kind or another. I won’t guarantee this... read more >>

Alfonso is our Prince of Darkness 1

Posted by Ned Gulley,

Alfonso is our Prince of Darkness Alfonso Nieto-Castañón is at the top of the list for the Darkness phase of our Crossword puzzle, making him our latest Prince of Darkness. He has submitted only two entries so far (try01 and tryagain01), but these were enough to net him first and second place. Who needs quantity when... read more >>

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