Congratulations to the 2013 winners, Team It's Christmas
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What is Puzzlepalooza?
Puzzlepalooza is America's premier high school puzzle tournament. Puzzlepalooza began in 2010 and takes place each May at Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD.
Thanks those who sponsored Puzzlepalooza over the years: Peter Gordon of Fireball Crosswords, Will Shortz of the New York Times, the Bowie Baysox, the Frederick Keys, and Giant Microbes!
We'd also like to thank the professional puzzlers who have donated puzzles: Andrew Feist, Erik Agard, Matt Gaffney, and Brendan Emmett Quigley.
If you'd like to sponsor Puzzlepalooza, or find out how you can submit a puzzle for a future Puzzlepalooza, contact the Puzzle Lords.
In 2013, Puzzlepalooza had 280+ puzzlers divided into twenty teams. Each team had twelve hours over four days to complete over a dozen intricate multiple-leveled puzzles. Each puzzle produced a secret phrase. All the puzzles' phrases lead to the construction of the final puzzle...which produced the key to the tournament.
The puzzles are all original puzzles, constructed by either the Puzzle Lords themselves or commissioned from professional puzzle writers exclusively for Puzzlepalooza.
The teams competed for huge prizes in a variety of categories. Not only was there an overall winning teams, but other teams won prizes for best name, best motto as well as the coveted Spirit Award and the Iron Puzzler Award.
In 2014, Puzzlepalooza will continue to find new ways to puzzle, to confound, and, ultimately, to illuminate. With new participants, new creativity and ingenuity, and new enthusiasm, the Puzzle Lords can hardly wait for next year!
Check out this video from MCPS to learn more about Puzzlepalooza: