I've been a little busy lately--tidying up stories and preparing for this year's USPC Puzzle Competition. This Saturday starting at 1PM, I will join hundreds of other geeky types in solving as many puzzles as possible in 2 1/2 hours.
You score points for every puzzle you solve correctly. I think you get around 400 points total. In 2007 (or 2008) I tried this contest for the first time and scored 70 points. Then I missed a couple of years due to conflicts.
I tried again last year with the goal of breaking 100 points. I was doing great. I earned 70 points in the first hour, with a full 1 1/2 hours left. Then something happened. I froze! I couldn't finish another puzzle. Then in the last ten minutes, I decided to end with one of those "count the triangles in this picture" puzzle. I thought I had the right answer, but was off by one. They took off 5 points. Final score = 65. NOOOOOOO!!!!!!
This time I'll do it. 100 points!!!! Bonsai!!!!