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Enigma Gold Star Winners! by Bryan G. Nance

Don, tell them what they've won...

To follow up on this entry

Thanks for playing Engima Wrapped In A Riddle! Don, tell them what they’ve won.

Wow! I am impressed by how many of you met the challenge. Initially we had planned to only award one winner, but by the list you can see we are feeling the holiday cheer! The following 20 individuals will get the gold star.

If you are listed below, email me (bgnance at mit) your complete name and mailing address and we will send you your gold star. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.)

If you are interested in seeing more of John Kostick’s handiwork, please visit the Quadric Designs website.

Until the next time, stay tuned to the MIT network… All Numbers, All The Time.

First place six-axis and tetraxis winner:

(Drum roll in your head…)

Posted by: Ana L on November 27, 2007 04:32 PM

Second place tetraxis winners:

(Extended, really long and annoying drum roll…)

(Please hold all applause until all winners have come to the stage…)

1 Posted by: Kim on November 27, 2007 04:20 PM
2 Posted by: Vika on November 27, 2007 04:50 PM
3 Posted by: Jai on November 27, 2007 04:59 PM
4 Posted by: Berkeley on November 27, 2007 05:29 PM
5 Posted by: Louis on November 27, 2007 05:31 PM
6 Posted by: Kevin X on November 27, 2007 06:01 PM
7 Posted by: Chris on November 27, 2007 06:18 PM (commented to give his prize to Melis)
8 Posted by: Merritt B on November 27, 2007 06:28 PM
9 Posted by: Lauren S. on November 27, 2007 06:48 PM
10 Posted by: donaldGuy on November 27, 2007 06:53 PM
11 Posted by: SKishore on November 27, 2007 07:13 PM
12 Posted by: Karen on November 27, 2007 07:49 PM
13 Posted by: Keshav P on November 27, 2007 08:12 PM
14 Posted by: Will on November 27, 2007 08:45 PM
15 Posted by: intleyes on November 27, 2007 08:56 PM
16 Posted by: Zev Chonoles on November 28, 2007 06:21 AM
17 Posted by: harrison on November 28, 2007 04:49 PM
18 Posted by: Vihang on November 29, 2007 03:24 AM
19 Posted by: Shantini on November 29, 2007 06:58 AM
20 Posted by: Leo V on November 30, 2007 10:11 AM

21 responses to “Enigma Gold Star Winners!”

  1. Star says:

    My guess is most people would be happier with an acceptance letter to MIT wink Cool prizes though.

  2. SI says:

    Those are awesome! I want one :( Though I agree with Star raspberry

  3. Morgan '12? says:

    Those are tight! Congrats guys!

  4. Mike says:

    Coooool! Sweet prize. Nice job!

  5. Paul says:

    Ooh, shiny. =P Congrats to all the winners!

    “Please hold all applause until all winners have come to the stage…” Wow, that brings back so many memories from other competitions – and high-school graduation, for that matter. No one ever followed that rule.

  6. Kevin X says:

    Sweet I won! Thank you very much Bryan!

  7. Vihang says:

    Thanks Bryan.

    Shouldn’t that be 21 individuals, 1 first place and 20 second place winners?

  8. Karen says:

    So much for getting it along with my acceptance tube smile I’m excited to have something to sustain me on my long wait until March, they look really cool!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t one of these stars on the desk of the professor in the movie Good Will Hunting?

  10. Anonymous says:

    I have some experience with hacking in my home town. Do you think it is wise to include this information in my “tell us more about you” section of the application or does it seem too unprofessional. Anyone PLEASE HELP!!! IOW: Will it hurt me or help me.

  11. @Anonymous (the first one)

    yes, Mr. Kostick’s website mentions a six-axis appearing in Good Will Hunting on the stars page. (Its enough to make me wish I had been quicker on the uptake and earned a six-axis .. even though the tetraxis is awesome in its own right and I am supper happy to get one ^_^)


  12. Thanks Bryan.
    ‘Extended, really long and annoying drum roll’, but never annoying to me. I am excited by the drum.
    I am addicted to reading your entries and enjoy the drama in them.
    =P Congrats to all the winners!

  13. KaYnaR says:

    Sweet prize! Next time I’ll try myself too smile

  14. Anonymus says:

    “commented to give his prize to Melis”
    LOL. Doesn’t that defeat the point of winning the prize? (seems like the star is more of a trophy than a prize)

  15. Hawkins says:

    @Anonymous Hometown Hacker – If it’s part of who you are, feel free to include it in the application. We’re not supposed to be professionals yet, we’re just kids! It won’t make or break your application, but if you feel it’s important enough for the admissions committee to hear so they can understand you better, by all means include it.

  16. Anonymous says:

    No way, did anybody watch Jeopardy tonight? The final jeopardy question was ‘what are pringles’ and the answer called them hyperbolic parabaloids! I immediately thought of this…

  17. Anonymus says:

    LOL, hyperbolic parabaloids. That’s something I can use to annoy a few people. “Buy me some of those hyperbolic parabaloids”

  18. Good Evening All,

    Today I mailed tetraxis to 13 of the 21 winners. Shame on you if are a winner and have not contacted me to get your loot.

    Yes anonymous, you did see these stars in Good Will Hunting and I did see Final Jeopardy the other evening… It’s the first time that I got FJ right in quite some time.

    Enjoy your winnings!

  19. Karen says:

    I got mine yesterday – it’s pretty cool, but it completely confused my parents smile They suggested using it to hold baseballs or something.

  20. Kevin X says:

    Hey there, just got mine today. Thank you very much! Just like Karen, my parents were very confused, but it’s a nice holiday gift =D

  21. Ellen says:

    I was looking at the pictures of the stars on John’s website, and I find them anything but confusing. Just the opposite. It’s fascinating the way the constructions look so simple and low-tech, yet they balance themselves into such well-defined, familiar shapes. If I won one, I’d probably hang it from a string in my window, or just spin it the way the little kid in the video is demonstrating. It’s cool the way they fold up.