Congratulations, Mr Customer, for your last minute clutch performance in the Bear/Cub/Owl puzzle. It's catapulted you to the top of the rankings! And while the critical battle for 2nd place was closer than I expected, UBragg did manage to squeak by QuadSevens by a measly 3 points. Talk about drama: it turns out three separate then-seemingly-inconsequential twists of fate kept Quad out of 2nd:
- If we had kept this last puzzle at the originally-planned 120 points instead of bumping it to 150, Quad would have beaten UBragg by 15 points -or-
- If Quad has won Puzzle #5 outright instead of tying, Quad would have beaten UBragg by 3 points! -or-
- If we had awarded both Quad and Mr Customer the full 100 points for their tie in the above puzzle instead of the average of 1st and 2nd place points, which we almost did, Quad would have beaten UBragg by 3 points.
If any one of these events had occurred, Quad would have claimed a prize spot. Alas, as the Bear says, "upon waves of chance, fate's vessel is tossed, but a course can be found where prizes are lost." But don't feel too bad for Quad. If I recall correctly, he was the recipient of at least two if not three or four prizes last year.
Anyhow, Mr Customer, let us know either in the comments or email if you want the O-Dog poster courtesy of SoSG Orel, or the make-a-future-puzzle prize option.
Here are the full rankings:
Others receiving votes: Natalia 150, m.s.t.i. 140, dusto magnivfico 126, brandon 115, lauro 96, mattya 90, wicks 90, gil gamesh 85, andrew 70, m.l.a.s.f. 70, awesome 65, stolenmonkey 60, keven c 50, bfred's brim 15, rbnlaw 15, damon 10, dangarion 10, josh s 10, nic j 10, rob 10.
And here's a fun graph illustrating the race to the first set of prizes:
Next puzzle Monday, June 15, 7am!