Imagine being a part of an Olympics without doing any physical exercise or shedding even a single drop of sweat! The only physical workout this Olympics demands is reaching out to the last page of the newspaper and scribble your pencil. Yes, that’s for real!
While physical fitness is no criteria, the puzzles at the World Puzzle Championship would be for pros only. And hence, its not going to be an easy thing to crack. After all, it has been called as ” the most extreme test of pure logical-reasoning power on the planet” by the TIME Magazine.
At the international World Puzzle Championship, competitors are given puzzles that can be solved by them from any part of the world. The championship was founded by Will Shortz, the crossword puzzle editor for The New York Times, and has been organized annually for the past 21 years. The first one was held in the New York city and has been arranged in a different city every year since then. It has had participants whose life is only about solving puzzles all the time.
Describing the championship and his idea behind it, Shortz tells TIME,
My idea was that we would have a true competition that would be equal for all countries. It would not involve word puzzles like crosswords. It would involve things like — nowadays — sudoku, KenKen, number puzzles, logic puzzles, picture puzzles. Things that everyone can do equally, no matter what their language and culture.
If you are an amateur puzzle solver and think that you have a good chance of winning, you must know that a lot of participants of this championship just solve puzzles full time.
As TIME elaborates,
The puzzles are really hard. Unearthly hard — so hard that it’s hard to even explain how hard they are. At the WPC there are point bonuses just for finishing all the puzzles in a single round, but not many players claim them. In 2012 one round featured 21 puzzles in which each of the answers was linked to the others, and no instructions were given for any of them; before you could solve the puzzles, you had to deduce what the rules were.
Just in case you still think that you stand a chance, here is how you can audition to join the puzzle team of your country that will sit in the WPC – Contact your national member to the World Puzzle Federation (WPF), as listed on the WPF Member’s Page. Each member country must conduct open, national qualifying tournaments.
Each team consists of 4 members who must be WPF members to be eligible to participate. One can take part in the championship as competitor, captain, member of a team delegation or organizer.
Here is a puzzle from the WPC? It is a deck of 28 cards: 8 through ace in four suits. The challenge is to arrange 25 of these cards in the five-by-five grid so that the 12 named poker hands appear in the rows, columns, and diagonals.
Can you solve it?