Kellian and I arrived on Wednesday around 9:30 in the evening. It was only a short flight from Boston, which was a welcome change from Japan and Berlin, though the locale was a bit less exotic to us! Unfortunately, we cut our departure a bit close and didn't have time for dinner, so we had to eat when we arrived. This is unfortunate because I had to walk past the design competition room, with 80 puzzles that I was really looking forward to trying, and seek out food instead! Luckily Kellian was there, or I would have probably just skipped dinner!
After finding a place that was open past 10:00 PM (which was a bit of a challenge), we hurried back to the design competition room at around 11:00 PM. I was pretty overwhelmed: there are so many puzzles, it is hard to figure out where to start! Since I'm a fan of puzzle boxes, usually I'll start with those and then work my way to the others. I will post a series of entries about each of the design competition entries later, so I won't get into detail about the individual puzzles here.
I stayed in the competition room until 1:30 AM, thanks to Nick Baxter kindly allowing me to just lock up the room whenever I felt like leaving this year! This was quite a treat, since usually I am in quite a hurry to finish trying all the puzzles in the limited time available. Fortunately, there were a few other die-hards, including fellow blogger Neil Hutchison, who stuck it out into the wee hours with me.I would have stayed longer, but the following morning (Thursday) I was signed up to go the bus tour of Washington, DC at 9:00AM.
|Stephen Chin and Goetz Schwandtner|
in front of the Korean War Memorial
The design competition room was open again, so I started feverishly working on puzzles again from around 2:00 until Nick Baxter and a few volunteers started packing the puzzles up for the Founder's Reception at 6:30. We brought all 80 of the puzzles to the banquet hall, so people could try them out during the reception.
Allard Walker, who made his way here all the way from the United Kingdom with his wife. It was great meeting him as well!
The International Intellectual Museum.
I spent the remainder of the evening hunched over the tables with the design competition puzzles. There were a ton of people there, so it was a bit hard to concentrate, but I spent a good 2-3 hours on them before Nick and some fellow volunteers started packing the puzzles up to bring to the design competition room. We hung out in the design competition room until about 1:00AM this time, continuing to work my way through the puzzles. I decided it would be best to head to bed, since the puzzle exchange was starting at 9:00AM the following morning, and I didn't want to start getting too sleep deprived!
Much more to come, so stay tuned!