Rules

Date: January 27, 2024
Time: 9 am–12 noon
Address: 2720 W 600 N, Suite 300, Lindon, UT 84042

Team

This competition only consists of a team category and will include 2 phases: first round and final.

Teams must be composed of a minimum of 2 participants and a maximum of 4. No changes will be allowed during the competition.

Team registrant must be 18 years of age or older. Any person(s) 8 years of age or older may participate on the team.

Qualifying Round Teams: A maximum of 25 teams will participate. The teams will have 1.5 hours (90 min.) to assemble one 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. Top 6 teams from the first round with the fastest completed puzzle times or the highest total pieces completed will qualify for the final.

Teams Final: 6 teams will participate and will have 1.5 hours (90 min.) to assemble another 500-piece jigsaw puzzle. The winning team is the team that assembles the puzzle correctly in the fastest possible time. In the case in which no team finishes the puzzle in the maximum period of 1.5 hours (90 min.), the winning team will be the one that has placed the highest number of pieces correctly.

Each team can provide up to 4 trays of cardboard, plastic, foam or other material of a maximum size of A2 (16.5 x 23.4 in.) as an aid during the puzzle assembly.

Registration fee is $40. NO REFUNDS after Sunday, January 14, 2024. The amount includes all the 500-piece jigsaw puzzles in which the team participates.

Prizes

Top two teams will be awarded the following:

  • 1st place team will receive a $250 Americana Art gift card.
  • 2nd place team will receive a $100 Americana Art gift card.
  • 3rd place team will receive a $50 Americana Art gift card.

General

This speed puzzling event is administered by Americana Art Enterprises (the “Organization”).

Team check-in will begin at 8:45 am with the first round beginning at 9:15 am. Any team arriving after the start time will forfeit any time commenced.

Until the host indicates the start of the competition and starts the timer, the participants cannot manipulate, unseal or open the jigsaw puzzle boxes that are on the table.

During the competition, the judges will monitor the progress of the assembly. When a participant is close to finishing a puzzle and if no member of the Organization has noticed this situation, they will raise their hand so that a judge can record the completion time of the puzzle. The judge, after deeming the setup correct, will note the time.

Only members of the Organization will be able to take note of the completed puzzle times in participation.

If once the maximum time has elapsed and the participants have not managed to finish the puzzle, the judges will count the placed pieces of the unfinished puzzle, adding only the groups of 3 or more pieces correctly joined together.

If pieces are missing at the end of the puzzle, 10 seconds for each lost piece will be added to the final time. If the final piece appears after 10 seconds of searching, the time of the penultimate piece plus the penalty will be taken into account. In case of more than 10 pieces lost, participation will be considered void. If there are 2 or more adjacent and missing pieces, no penalty will be applied as it is considered a manufacturing error.

If due to a manufacturing defect the puzzle does not have the correct number of pieces and it causes damage to the participant, the Organization may take the necessary measures to correct the damage caused without undermining the rights of other participants.

Only participants, judges, and authorized personnel are allowed to enter the competition area.

It is not allowed to use risers or any object that changes the height or layout of the tables.

Art insert holders or supports are allowed to keep the art insert image upright and easily viewed while puzzling.

Headphones are allowed as long as they do not disturb the rest of the participants.

Singing or vocals are not allowed. The organization may disqualify those participants reprimanded on several occasions for conduct that causes inconvenience to other participants.

It is not allowed to bring extra lighting or use printed or digital templates in which you can see any type of manufacturer's cutting pattern.

A player cannot be part of 2 different teams, therefore they can only participate once per category.

All the jigsaw puzzles used in the competition are the property of the participants once the competition is finished.

The Organization may dispose of the places of the participants who have not taken their place or have not appeared after 10 minutes from the start of the competition, not deriving any compensation or refund to the participant.

Any help during the competition from someone other than the participants may be grounds for disqualification.

It is not allowed to invade the area of the adjacent participant or hinder the construction and may be disqualified if a participant seriously hinders another participant.

The applicant accepts the terms of this General Media Release Form and authorizes Americana Art Enterprises to use their image in photographs, videos or any other recorded media during the celebration of the competition in which the applicant appears.

All images and videos posted are the intellectual property of Americana Art Enterprises.

The Organization is not responsible for lost objects during the competition.

The decisions of the judges during the competition are final.

FAQs

No, it is an on-site competition only.

No, all skill levels are welcome. Any person 8 years old or older can participate. Anyone under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Tables are 48" L x 24" W x 29" H

No, each participant should bring their own, taking into account the maximum authorized size and number.

No. No changes can be made to team members once the competition has begun. Teams must use same participants throughout all rounds of competition.

Yes, although we recommend not using them at the beginning and end of the test to be attentive to instructions.

The registration fee is $40 for the team. A team may cancel their registration up until Sunday, January 14, 2024. NO REFUNDS will be available after that date.

Any cancellations must be requested by sending an email to shaun@dowdlefolkart.com.