Hirokazu Iwasawa’s (a.k.a. Iwahiro) ODD Puzzle became the Puzzle of the Year receiving both Puzzlers’ Award and Jury Grand Prize at The Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition 2008. The event is held annually since 2001 in conjunction with IPP. The ODD Puzzle consists of only three pieces two of which are identical and a box. The goal is just to place all three pieces into the box so that none of them sticks out. Don’t be mislead – the challenge sounds much easier than it really is! No surprise it became the Puzzle of the Year. Three more puzzles have been awarded First Prize each: Irmo Box by Eric Fuller, Secret Base by Hiroshi Iwahara and Tangerine by Vesa Timonen (Vesa won the last year’s competition with his incredible two-piece Cast Loop puzzle).
Judging was conducted at IPP28 in Prague, Czech Republic, August 1-3, 2008. Puzzlers’ Award is selected by IPP attendees. All other prizes are selected by Judging Committee.
The list of all 57 puzzles entered the competition this year can be found at the PuzzleWorld website.
To see more details (available in PDF version as well), please visit the Nob Yoshigahara Puzzle Design Competition home page [via Puzzles.com]. Happy Puzzling!