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May 29th, 2003

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06:53 am - On the road to Arnhem
It's World Puzzle Championship season! The world is invited to take the US team's online qualifying test, which will determine half the US team, some portion of the Canadian team and - if past years are anything to go by - the entirety of the UK team. Top performers go on to the World Puzzle Championships themselves, which are as fun as an economy-size barrel of monkeys, if you like the concept of taking part in a World Puzzle Championship. The puzzles themselves are based around logic and aim to be culture-free.

The official site has more information. They suggest that you should register before May 29th; whoops, let's hope that their "before" is actually a "before and including" so that even this message doesn't come too late. :-) Once you've registered today, you can download the puzzles from tomorrow and the password to unlock them at 6pm BST (1pm EDT, 10am PDT) on Saturday 31st May. You'll then have 2½ hours to answer as many puzzles as you can. (Be sure to remember 2½. 2½ good. 3 bad. This was my biggest mistake last year.)

Practice is recommended, not least so you can find out whether you enjoy doing the puzzles or not in the first place. You can download past years' qualifying tests a link away from here, though sensibly (?) enough, for the early years, they will show you the answers on the page from which you actually get to the questions.

If you have Real Live Exams coming up, please steer well clear - but if you don't and you like the concept of spending a couple of hours doing puzzles against the clock then do look into it. Good puzzles, good fun!
Current Mood: tiredtired
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Date:May 28th, 2003 11:41 pm (UTC)
You never sleep, do you? I would be asleep, but I am in too much pain. >:D
Date:May 29th, 2003 12:44 am (UTC)

Oh blimey...

I suppose I'm going to have to try them, aren't I? I can just feel my worst performance ever coming on, that's all... am *so* not in puzzle mood at the moment.
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Date:May 29th, 2003 01:10 am (UTC)
If you have Real Live Exams coming up, please steer well clear

I have feeling that that was said with at least one eye on me? *pouts*

Did you get the maths questions that I e-mailed through? If you did, could you understand them (given that it was very difficult to convert them to computer symbols)?

Wah, should be learning about the Tudors...

Henry VIII had a beard and changed the Church a bit and got a title for being Catholic that is still used by our monarch today... (do you think I'll get an A?)
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Date:May 29th, 2003 01:59 am (UTC)

If you have Real Live Exams coming up, please steer well clear

Now, who could you be referring to with that remark? :p
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Date:May 29th, 2003 03:00 am (UTC)
That's irritating - between 6pm and 8.30pm BST Saturday DH and I will be at my brother's wedding, so not even near a net connection let alone free to play with puzzles. Bah.
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Date:May 30th, 2003 04:37 am (UTC)
Thanks for the links Chris! Looks like a lot of fun, or a lot of head scratching and banging tables. *bg* :p

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Date:May 30th, 2003 10:46 pm (UTC)
Advance Australia Fair!

There was an Australian team at the first WPC I attended in 2000. They came last by a margin (not least because they were four employees from a puzzle mag company rather than qualifiers from the contest) but they were nice people and fun to talk to. Really... normal.

Australia has one or two pretty good puzzlers, from what I remember. If you got to four then you would probably give the UK team a good run for its money - depending on who we get trying out for us tomorrow and who we can actually get to go to the event.

Well, not tomorrow, today, really. But I haven't got any sleep yet, so tomorrow comes after the sleep. Yes, I'm going to be in great shape for the qualifying test.

*falls over*
Date:May 31st, 2003 08:46 am (UTC)

Your target to beat is -185...

Which basically means all you need to do is return a blank answer form less than 18 minutes after closing time.

Oh dear... when I phrase it that way it sounds quite bad, doesn't it? :-P
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Date:May 30th, 2003 09:16 pm (UTC)
Apparently they are still accepting registrations at this late time, because mine just went through. Yay!

BTW, hi! Friended you a while back (it was the figlet in Cassie's journal that made me do it), but never introduced myself.
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Date:May 30th, 2003 10:42 pm (UTC)
it was the figlet in Cassie's journal that made me do it

This makes you intensely geeky as well as apparently 95% compatible with me. Welcome! I wholeheartedly approve and you'll fit right in. :-)

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