Puzzlepalooza 8 is only milliseconds away.
Puzzlepalooza 8 sign-ups have closed. If you still want to sign up for Puzzlepalooza 8, please see Mr. Stein (rm 317), Mr. Schafer (rm 215), or Mr. Hammond (rm 316) and they'll see what they can do to help.
Puzzlepalooza 8 will be held the mornings of Monday, May 22nd thru Thursday, May 25th. Any Blair Junior or Senior not taking more than one HSA or PARCC test that week can join in the fun! Take a look around the links below from past years to see what you've been missing, and to look at a few sample puzzles we've used before.
Then click here to find out more and/or sign up for this year's festivities...the Prizes will be Huge!
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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, the Washington Spirit, D.C. United, Ceaco Inc, 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 2016, Puzzlepalooza had nearly 200 puzzlers divided into eleven teams. Each team had twelve hours over four days to complete sixteen intricate multiple-leveled puzzles. Each puzzle produced an answer phrase. All the puzzles' phrases were used in 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 compete for huge prizes in a variety of categories. Not only is there the overall winning team, but other awards such as the coveted Spirit Award, the Iron Puzzler Award, and more.
In 2017, 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!
Check out this video from MCPS to learn more about Puzzlepalooza: