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Memorial Day Weekend Puzzle Events

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A few updates on some puzzle events going on Memorial Day weekend:

The registration page for the inaugural Indie 500 crossword tournament is now live. The tournament will be held on the George Washington University campus in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, May 30. Finn Vigeland was selected as the guest constructor for the tournament. His submitted puzzle will join those constructed by the tournament organizers: Erik Agard, Evan Birnholz, Peter Broda, Neville Fogarty, and Andy Kravitz. The organizers have also advertised a pay-what-you-want meta suite of puzzles that can be pre-ordered along with tournament registration.

If you’re in Washington D.C. for the Indie 500 and can stay a bit longer you can participate in the eighth Washington Post Hunt organized by Dave Barry, Tom Shroder and Gene Weingarten. The annual event is scheduled by Sunday, May 31 and features puzzles installed in various locations near the Chinatown area of Washington. Teams have a few hours to solve the puzzles and then use the answers, along with a final clue, to track down a final location or phone number. The Washington Post Hunt is a free event. Solvers need a map/clue sheet from the Washington Post Sunday magazine of the day of the hunt and additional information will be posted to the hunt website as the day approaches.

Competing with the Indie 500 tournament is DASH 7, a puzzle hunt run in Washington, D.C., and 13 other cities across the United States and United Kingdom. A registered team will be given instructions for a walkaround with puzzles at every stop. I’m excited that Denver is hosting DASH for the first time. Indie 500 is offering a solve-at-home option for both the tournament puzzles and the meta suite; this option may benefit puzzlers torn between attending the crossword tournament and DASH.

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