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# Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Brainteasers for Genealogy Buffs (With a Cash Prize)
Posted by Allison

I love puzzles. I’ve frittered away more hours than I care to admit filling in Sudoku grids and crosswords. (By the way, what’s a five-letter word for “impish fairy”?) In high school, my peers ribbed me for being probably the only teenager to faithfully complete the cryptoquips in the daily newspaper.

Now there’s a Web site catering to people like me—that is, addicts of puzzles and family history. GenealogyPays, the brainchild of consultant and professional genealogist Daniel Lynch, will launch an inventive online contest involving genealogy-themed rebus puzzles July 1. Even if you’re not a puzzle junkie, the potential $15,000 reward for solving the grand-prize puzzle will probably entice you to give the site a look.

It’s like “Concentration” with marketing and philanthropic twists. The rebus is obscured by a grid. As advertisers buy up squares of the grid, the portion of the puzzle underneath those ads are revealed to contest participants. The ad money goes into the grand-prize pool, which will total $30,000 if all the ad spaces sell before someone solves the puzzle. Whatever the prize amount, GenealogyPays will split it 50/50 between the winner and one genealogical society he or she chooses from those that register on the site.

So how do you win? Be the first person to submit the correct answer to the question posed in the puzzle. You need to register (free) to participate. In addition to the grand-prize, the site will offer monthly, weekly and bonus puzzles. Learn more and see a sample rebus on GenealogyPays’ How Does This Work? page.


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Wednesday, June 27, 2007 10:50:52 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #  Comments [1]