Many of you surely remember Ken Jennings and his incredible 74-win run on Jeopardy! a few years ago. It's less well-known, though hardly surprising, that Ken is also a puzzle aficionado; I've met him at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament as well as the 2010 National Puzzlers' League convention in his hometown of Seattle. And now, Ken offers us an online puzzle hunt with big prizes at stake!
You can find details about the Great American History Puzzle at Ken's blog, but to summarize, your quest will start in the pages of October's Smithsonian Magazine. You'll find and solve the first puzzle, then hop around the magazine a little to obtain your password for the game's website, which will begin accepting it mere hours from now. You'll want to keep up with the puzzles, but at the very least, you should be caught up by October 22nd, when the final puzzles open up. The first person to submit the final answer wins a trip for four to Washington DC, worth $10,000!
I'm excited to see when Ken has in store for us. Good luck, but not too much!