CiSRA Puzzle Competition 2013 - News
5 August 2013
The 2013 Competition is over. Congratulations to everyone who solved puzzles, and particularly to our top 3 teams in each category:
See the team stats page for the final scores and rankings of all teams. We hope you had as much fun solving the puzzles as we did creating them.
Worked solutions for each puzzle can be found on the puzzle page and the full answer log is now available.
Credits for the 2013 Competition.
Please use our feedback form to let us know what you liked and disliked about the 2013 competition. If you have lengthy feedback, please send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
22 July 2013
The Group 1 puzzles have been released (download them from the Puzzles page) and this year's competition is underway! Puzzle Week begins on Monday 29 July, with the release of the Group 2 puzzles. You have a full week before then to solve Group 1.
16 July 2013
Prizes for eligible teams have now been finalised. First prize is Canon PowerShot SX280 HS digital cameras, one for each winning team member. Second prize is Canon IXUS 510 HS digital cameras. Third prize is Canon replica EF 70-200 mm camera lens insulated mugs. Don't forget, the Group 1 puzzles are released on Monday 22 July!
28 June 2013
The 2013 competition is now open for team registration. Puzzle Week begins on Monday 29 July, and the Group 1 puzzles will be released one week earlier, on Monday 22 July. Prizes are to be confirmed before Puzzle Week.
There is a change in format this year. In 2011 and 2012 we had a metapuzzle, worth no points, comprised of relatively easy "mini puzzles" that were given out only when teams solved a regular puzzle. Feedback suggests that many solvers did not attempt the metapuzzle. This year, instead of a metapuzzle, there are five extra "easier" puzzles, one per Group. Instead of 20 puzzles for a maximum score of 100 points, there are 25 puzzles for a maximum score of 125. This gives everyone the chance to solve (and earn points for!) our easiest puzzles.
9 May 2013
Puzzle Week dates for the 2013 competition have been finalised! Puzzle Week begins on Monday 29 July, and the competition ends on Monday 5 August. We are still confirming prizes and any possible changes to the competition terms and conditions for this year, as well as the traditional early release date for the Group 1 puzzles. Registration of teams will open once these have all been finalised.
8 May 2013
We are firming up our dates for 2013. The competition will run in June or July - more details soon. Also, we want to announce a change in format this year. In 2011 and 2012 we had a large-scale metapuzzle comprised of relatively easy "mini puzzles" that were given out only when teams solved a regular puzzle, and the metapuzzle did not affect scoring. Feedback suggests that many solvers did not bother seriously attempting the metapuzzle. This year we are eliminating the grand metapuzzle structure and adding five extra "very easy" puzzles to the main competition. Instead of 20 puzzles for a maximum score of 100 points, we will have 25 puzzles for a maximum score of 125. This gives everyone the chance to see and solve our easiest puzzles (not just the teams who solve harder ones first) and earn points for them.
15 March 2013
We have begun planning for the 2013 Competition! There are still some administrative details to be worked out, but we intend to run this year's competition a few months earlier than last year, around May or June. We are also planning a minor change to the competition format this year. Details will be announced once administrative details and prize funding is confirmed.