Puzzle Contest

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Saint Paul Winter Carnival Puzzle Contest! The Puzzle Contest, brought to you by PuzzleTwist®, will take place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 with expanded competition brackets for day-long excitement!

Registration for the 2020 contest will open October 1! Space is limited to 78 teams per division, so register early to reserve your spot!

Choose the correct division below to register: 



*Family division must include one member under the age of 18 by the contest date

Schedule of Events
8:00 a.m. – Adult Bracket Check-In Begins
8:30 a.m. – Adult Bracket Contest Begins
10:30 a.m. – Adult Bracket Awards Ceremony
10:15 a.m. – Family Bracket Check-in Begins
10:45 a.m. – Family Bracket Contest Begins
12:45 p.m. – Family Bracket Awards Ceremony

Rules & Regulations

  • Contestants will be given their puzzle at 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 or phones is grounds for disqualification.
  • Judges 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 judge will come to your table to watch you finish and record your time. If a judge is unable to get to your table when you finish please record your own time on the time card provided at your table.
  • Winners will be announced immediately following the competition.
  • Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place teams in both brackets.
  • The same puzzle will be used for both competitions this year. 

If paying by check:
Please make checks payable to “SPFHF” and mail to:
Puzzle Contest
75 W 5th St, Suite #429
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Please note that registration is not complete until payment in full has been received.

Congratulations to our 2018 winners:

Adult Division Results:

1st Place: Wicker Kittens 38 minutes and 25 seconds
2nd Place: The Collectors 39 minutes and 25 seconds
3rd Place: Cutting Tools 44 minutes and 11 seconds

Full results for the Adult Division:  https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=125915
Family Division Results:
1st Place: Pillager Puzzlers finished in 37 minutes and 28 seconds
2nd Place: Thala-Sirens finished in 39 minutes and 17 seconds
3rd Place: Puzzle Masters finished in 41 minutes and 55 seconds

Full results for Family Division: https://www.webscorer.com/race?raceid=126001

Family Division Photos: