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Arlington Puzzle Festival 2012–Central

When: Back to Calendar November 3, 2012 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Where: Arlington Central Library Auditorium
1015 N Quincy St
Arlington,VA 22201
Cost: Free for Friends of the Library members/donations
Contact: 703-228-6330
Categories: Friends of the Library
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Sponsored by the Friends of the Arlington Public Library

2012 Puzzle Fest Results 

Join the Friends on Saturday, Nov. 3 for Arlington Puzzle Festival 2012 – a celebration of words, logic, numbers and thinking and a place to meet other puzzle fanatics in a friendly, fun and enjoyable atmosphere.

Crossword puzzles will be provided by New York Times puzzlemaster Will Shortz. Sudoku puzzles will be provided by U.S. and world champion Thomas Snyder.

Register for Arlington Puzzle Festival 2012*

Registration available at the door on first come, first served basis

Download and print the Arlington Puzzle Festival flyer (pdf)



  • 8:30 a.m. – Registration Opens
  • 8:45 a.m – Kick-off
  • 9:00 a.m. – First Speaker
  • 9:30 a.m. – Second Speaker
  • 10:00 a.m. – Crossword Tournament Begins (Crossword tournament runs through lunch, until 1:30 p.m.)
  • 11:45 a.m. – Lunch Delivered (participants will have the option of ordering lunch before the tournament)
  • 12:00 p.m. – Third Speaker
  • 12:45 p.m. – Crossword Finals
  • 1:30 p.m. – Sudoku Tournament Begins  (Sudoku tournament runs from 1:30pm to 4:00pm)
  • 3:00 p.m. – OCTO Competition/Scavenger Hunt ends
  • 3:30 p.m. – Sudoku Finals
  • 4:00 p.m. – Awards/Closing

Prizes will be awarded to winning competitors.

*Participation will be free for current members of the Friends of the Arlington Public Library, with a suggested donation for non-members. All proceeds will go to help support library outreach activities and advancement of the Library’s collection.

For questions, please contact ksullivan @ or 703-228-6330



Get in the mood for Arlington Puzzle Festival 2012 with an Arlington VA “wordoku,”  created just for us by Sudoku master, Thomas Snyder!

Rules: Insert one letter from the phrase “ART LOVING” into each cell so that no letter repeats in any row, column, or 3×3 box.


Arlington Puzzle Festival Contributors

Matt Gaffney, widely published professional crossword puzzle writer, will speak about constructing and solving crossword puzzles. Gaffney’s books include Gridlock: Crossword Puzzles and the Mad Geniuses Who Create Them and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Crossword Puzzles and Word Games.

Andy Wenzel is the curator of the Tropic/Herald/Post Hunt Archives (, the puzzle hunts created by Dave Barry, Tom Shroder and Gene Weingarten and run by the Miami Herald and Washington Post. He is an avid Hunt fan, having participated and documented each Hunt since the first one in 1984, collecting over 1400 Hunt-related media items and has appeared on several Hunt maps. Andy will aggressively challenge anyone who attempts to beat his consecutive Hunt losing streak.

Doug Gardner is a very part-time puzzle inventor who works as computer security specialist for the Department of Defense. Starting in 2008, he invented and patented a new kind of math and logic puzzle called the OCTO.  More recently he has developed apps for the Apple products, including an OCTO app for the iPad.  Learn more about OCTO at


Comments (7)

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  1. Dan says:

    When will the results be published?

  2. Jennifer says:

    Is there someone I can contact about the 2012 results? I’m sure I got several words incorrect on the third puzzle, but the results say that I didn’t.

    • The Librarians says:

      Hi Jennifer,

      We’ll pass your info and concerns on to the organizers, and they’ll contact you.

    • Doug Gardner says:

      Jennifer–I double-checked your puzzles. You got all of the answers correct for all three puzzles, including the third one. Congratulations!

  3. Paula says:

    Where are the results posted? On the website or actually at the library? If on the site, can you please direct me? — I can’t find them. Thank you!

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