The end of the World Puzzle Championships was in Eger today, a two-hour train ride from Budapest (although the trip took me three hours, since I misread the track number to Eger, and got on the train to Bratislava, which, fortunately, I realized before it left).

The finals were about as exciting to watch as ten people hunched over desks can be. Ulrich Voigt, the many-time champion, started in first place and held his lead until the second-last puzzle, when, stuck, he was passed by two Americans, my friend and many-time US champion , the latter of whom he caught back up to. Mellowmelon won—congratulations!

Spent most of the rest day testsolving a mystery hunt. It’s no Mystery Hunt, but it was fun.