Puzzling History Rules and Regulations

  • Check-in will be inside the entrance to the gymnasium at the White Bear Lake Armory. Only one team member needs to stand in line to register.
  • Seating begins 30 minutes before the scheduled start time of the contest. No early seating will be allowed.
  • Contestants will find their puzzle on their table after check-in. 
  • No early starts! If you open your bag and begin your puzzle before the start of the contest you will be disqualified.
  • Hands only! The use of any puzzle tools, cutting devices, flashlights, phones, or table risers is not permitted and is grounds for disqualification.
  • Teams must complete a 500-piece puzzle with a time limit of 2 hours. If no one finishes before the maximum period, the winner will be the one who has correctly placed the largest number of pieces.
    • Only groups of 3 or more correctly joined pieces will be counted.

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  • WBLAHS Staff will be monitoring the area and watching as teams get close to finishing. When your team is close to finishing, raise your hand and a staff member will come to your table to watch you finish and record your time. If a staff member is unable to get to your table when you finish please record your own time on the time card provided at your table.
  • Teams get to keep the puzzle they worked on. More copies of the 2024 puzzles will also be available for purchase during the event.
  • Winners will be announced immediately following the competition.
  • There will be no refunds provided if you have to cancel your registration for some reason. You can pick up your puzzle at the White Bear Lake Armory the following Tuesday, starting at 10am.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 teams.
  • A puzzle swap will be available for contestants to participate in! Bring your gently used puzzles in and swap with your puzzle-loving competitors for new puzzles to binge.

We warmly invite all contestants to bring their creativity and spirit of competition to the forefront. Please note that, should any concerns or questions arise during the contest, the dedicated staff of the White Bear Lake Area Historical Society will have the final say in all matters. We’re here to ensure a fair and enjoyable experience for everyone involved, and we appreciate your cooperation and understanding in this regard.

Questions? Reach out to the WBLAHS team at office@whitebearhistory.org!