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Old 04-17-2014, 02:18 PM
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Unfortunately, it would probably be possible for someone to create a computer program to solve these puzzles. I don't know what sorts of mechanisms they have in place to prevent cheating, but I know they had to ban someone over on the Cryptograms section for it. Unless you can validate that everyone here is a human being, you wouldn't be able to officially crown them the world champion.

That said, this is probably still a pretty good indicator, and I like seeing my own progress against the average times as I learn new tricks. It's sometimes a consoling thought for me that the solvers on here are most likely naturally selected to be better than average at puzzling solving.
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