Puzzled Pint is a social puzzle solving event which happens on the second Tuesday of every month in these locations around the world:

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The People Behind Puzzled Pint

Puzzled Pint is a volunteer-run event that wouldn't exist without the help of fantastic people around the world. Raise a pint (or better yet, buy a pint) for your local Game Control team.

Portland, Oregon (HQ)Most of the PDX Team at VeloCult

ana_v32.jpg Ana (co-founder) is a traffic engineer by day, and occasionally knits giant doilies for cars. As such, there is at least a tiny chance that she is the reason you are late.

Brian E. Brian likes to build with bits and atoms when he's not reverse-engineering. Read about his latest cool projects at

Curtis C. Curtis (co-founder) is not an aardvark. He also writes speculative fiction and daydreams about showrunning a Star Trek sitcom. Find him online at:

gravatar.png Jen loves gaming, puzzles, and continuing her education on becoming a true native of Portlandia which includes joining headquarters for Puzzled Pint!

Matt C. Matt C. (co-founder) hates re-writing his bio every time he moves, but that's what he gets for putting city-specific info in it last time. He's happy to be back in Portland, where among other things he can see more Thorns matches. He likely tweets more from @PuzzledPint than from @MattOnABicycle.

Victor A. Vic (co-founder) wishes he could go to Burning Man every month, but running Puzzled Pint is pretty cool, too. He occasionally tweets as @civrot.


dave_website Dave likes beers that are easy to drink, as a child indulging in the ones his mom would leave lying around the house, and puzzles that are tough to solve, discovering them in his mid-twenties. He also occasionally reverses facts in his head.

mischelle Mischelle likes books, bicycling, crochet, college football, oh and puzzles and puzzle races too.


adam Adam loves being clever, popping the aha moment, making Dad jokes, and wordplay. “If it can be figured out, I can figure it out.”

matts32x.jpg Matt S. is a hyper-competitive, board game loving hedonist. Aged far past his maturity (alternating between 12 and 23), he can be found encouraging people to do things they really want to, but feel they really shouldn't. It often turns out well. He also coaches people in having a life filled with exceptions.

Bay Area - San Francisco

greg.jpg Greg is a big puzzle enthusiast.  So much so that he generally carries around a cryptic crossword puzzle or two in his pocket, just in case he has some downtime or a long elevator ride.

matthew.jpg Matthew is a klezmer fiddler, composer, letterboxer, printmaker, origami wizard, cryptic mixologist, beard proponent, and (natch) puzzle designer. If you're perplexed by the abundance of Puzzled Pint Matthews, this one also goes by @SteinViolin.


helene32x.jpg Heléne likes organizing things, and puzzles, and organizing puzzle things.



Anna.jpg Anna was roped into being an emergency volunteer for a puzzle hunt on a fourth date with some strange guy she met on the internet. Years later, she is unable to shake either the puzzles or the guy.

evansquare.jpg Evan plays medicore folk music and likes it when people get together to play games, whether it's a puzzle hunt, a trivia game, or an epic game of tag.

james.jpg James suffers from chronically cold feet and the unwanted affections of his condo's resident feline. He devotes much of his spare time to helping build a vibrant puzzling community in Chicago, secretly building an army of people willing to play board games on a lazy weekend. He is also the sole creator of the world's greatest breakfast sandwich.

sandysquare.jpg Sandor is a web designer and educator by day, and puzzle writer by night. Once in a while he posts a new puzzle to his blog, He’s a frequent contributor to the NPR Sunday Puzzle. For a few years in his youth, he believed he invented the pigpen cipher. He has a strong distaste for IPAs.

Wil.jpg Wil is a freelance designer of games, puzzles, and trivia. He has done work for major tech companies and for game publishers. He is the creator of the Cardhalla and Instant Game Show events at Gen Con. Wil loves to solve as much as he likes to create.

Southwest Suburbs

Jim's Head Jim has been puzzling his entire life, but owes most of his more recent love of team-solving to Tammy from L.A.  His other interests include curling, sailing, cycling, and backpacking, and has consequently gathered quite a collection of specialty shoes.

Rachel Rachel is a lifelong lover of puzzles! Much as Jim credits his friend Tammy for his recent team puzzle solving adventures, so she credits Jim for hers. By day she is a certified pharmacy technician and student, sharing her home with her husband Tom and their super dog Quinn. Her other passions include dogs, gaming of all sorts, weight training, and cosplay. 


arianna Arianna is a video game addict and designer/owner of Time to Escape in Lakewood. Her goal in life is to create community through gaming and art. 

arjun Arjun is a huge fan of pizza, cats, and nihilism. "Maybe you can escape the room, but you cannot escape the doom."


phillip Phillip is a once math teacher turned software engineer. He enjoys a good puzzle over a good cup of coffee. In his free time he loves gaming, hiking, and programming. You can find his various projects at

tracy.jpg Tracy is fascinated by cryptography and loves to stump people, so you'll have to decipher his bio: MRFEY NCSOS YPHEE IFSRA ALVET OOULR SRSDL OUHUR REFLE SEFTR EKENA OOVAD IOTHR LASEE TDADN GISCE DAYED DHMHE OLPYC RNSAN HITON UPNTT CANTE ICTST BBAMI ASEFF TT (want a hint?)


josie Josie likes pubs, puzzles and pints, and dislikes writing descriptions of herself.

Los Angeles

nigel Nigel is addicted to competitive games (volley/basketball, Dr. Mario), organizing stuff (ski trips, marathon relays, sock drawers), and random nerdy things (brain teasers, coding, Rubik's cubes), so Puzzled Pint is a rare trifecta.  In his free time, he likes playing a bunch of instruments and making ridiculous things like this.

tammy Tammy loves all puzzles and is pretty good at Sudoku. She won't speak much, but will happily sing if you ask.


carrie.jpg Carrie is a professorprintmaker, and postdoc policy proponent.

josh.jpg Josh is a physician, programmer, puzzler, and would-be pâtissier/poet. (Puzzled Pint parechesis!)


MattK Matt is a life-long gamer of all sorts, brews his own beer, and has half-finished projects all over his office (coming... sometime!). Don't ask him about Japan unless you have some time to kill.


Chris Chris is big on slitherlinks and cryptics. He builds mobile apps and websites when he’s not drinking Belgian beer or playing Ultimate frisbee. He tweets @cdownie.


Henry Henry is the alter ego of Captain Spaceteam. He plays games on boards, screens, and the spaces in between. He prefers his pints full of cider. Or cocktails.

Navi Mumbai

urvashi.jpg Urvashi: Business Planner & Analyst for a living! Coffee addict. Loves puzzles and Board games. Loves making pros and cons list, Checklists and Itineraries. Lives in book world and exists in real world. Crazy over action figures. Fangirl over ‘Rick and Morty’ & ‘BoJack Horseman’. Into all-things Superheroes. Empathises with Thanos, Spock and Ultron. On Twitter.

New York City

Eli Eli likes small spaces and molasses.  He takes care of a rabbit and a small herd of textbots. (Editor's note: Eli holds the distinction of being the GC member who, due to moving, has regularly hosted in the most number of cities: three.)

Orange County

Jason Jason is a life-long gamer, currently employed as a network and systems administrator, figuring out the daily puzzles of IT systems.

Nolan Nolan is a plant doctor and amateur cat whisperer. Nolan's love of swing dancing and vintage culture is only rivaled by his love of referring to himself in the third person. Nolan Loves teaching his daughter about the world and one day hopes to show her the joy of puzzles and beer. Nolan, Casey and Jason have have been friends since the 7th grade.  


stephanie.jpg Stephanie likes to use nouns as verbs. She also likes to board game and beer with friends. When her friends aren't around, she guitars, teas, and natures.


anna-paducah Anna is a computer programmer and loves the challenge of any good logic puzzle, be that at work or at play.  She is at her best when bringing her interests to other people and seeing them get as much enjoyment out of them as she does.


kara.jpg Kara is an experimental petrologist at Arizona State University which means she studies magma and gets to use hydraulic pistons to do it. Kara loves food, hiking, board games, Star Trek, tea, and caves.


10683618_10152904081948825_9213462615183560694_o.jpg Adam is a gangly fellow who likes board games, rock climbing, and puns. He hopes to one day get a pitbull and name him "Mr. Worldwide". He is sometimes known as @sleeping_adam.

Forney E Forney is halfway to an MEd and (hopefully) a job in college student services. She is a trombonist, linguist, cyclist, coffee enthusiast, aspiring toucan owner, and usually loses at board games. More info: More wordplay: @efortmanteau.

Emily Emily is a science writer by day and a board game enthusiast by night. She has a menagerie of tried-and-given-up hobbies, including tango, sewing, and a brief foray into cheesemaking. She pretends to retain some semblance of internet anonymity at @sedimentalvalue.

Matt C. Matt N. is a program director at the YMCA.  When he's not working or puzzling, he enjoys the outdoors, science, music (specifically the saxophone), broomball, and board games.  He can also be found at @beansilovebeans.



jwodicka32.jpg Jason manages SF cons, software projects and puzzle events, not necessarily in that order. You can find him on that other social network.

jeffphi32.jpg Jeff likes puzzles and pints and various other things beginning with the letter P. He also frequently daydreams about these topics while at his day job.

whoHost.jpg Jett puzzles and does an almost respectable robot.

kai2014.jpg Kai reads, writes, and does 'rithmetic. Results may vary.


CathyS.jpg Cathy likes working puzzles, building robots, baking cookies, and defending her use of the Oxford comma. She and Tom have two daily puzzle calendars that they solve over breakfast each morning.

TomS.jpg Tom, when not solving puzzles with Cathy, spends his time programming, promoting electric vehicles, volunteering at robotics competitions and resisting his wife's insistence on using the Oxford comma.

St. Louis

bob For 37 years, Bob has earned a living teaching youngsters how to blow things up.  When he's not teaching chemistry, he enjoys hiking and spending time with his awesome family. It was actually one of his daughters who got him hooked on Puzzled Pint!

bryan-as-dupond.jpeg Bryan does math for a living, plays ultimate for fun, and is raising two kids who are old enough for puzzles but not for Puzzled Pint. He tweets @turtlegraphics.

michael Michael is a computer scientist who enjoys this excuse to go to bars and drink.


L&B Bryan enjoys board games and triathlons, and his favourite dinosaur is a microraptor. What's your favourite dinosaur? Tell him at Sydney's next Puzzled Pint!

L&B Leanna's other main passion is skydiving, and when she's not jumping out of planes or puzzling she is usually found playing board games. Her other loves include her cats (Yoshi, Egg & Link), adventure, travel and anything purple.


Kim Kim funds video games for a government organization (that is not evil) by day. She sings karaoke badly but rides a bike pretty well. She is the proud owner of a very handsome Golden Retriever named Dash.

mare_headshot_crop.jpg Mare is half of Metanet Software Inc., where she makes videogames, and stationery. She's been into puzzles ever since she was given an issue of GAMES magazine when she was 9, and she's never looked back. She tweets about art, design and silliness as @maresheppard.

ryan.jpg Ryan is the incurable wordsmith and career game developer who runs LockQuest. He traces his solving roots to a Dell Variety Puzzle magazine on a camping trip at age 9.


Alicja Alicja is a psychologist and owns a small business. She loves cats and has a Russian Blue. Alicja does yoga as a great practice for body and mind and enjoys walking barefoot along the seashore. She loves tea of any kind, books and board games. She is hopelessly addicted to chocolate and won’t go anywhere without her nails painted.

Twin Cities

Emily Rose Emily Rose loves listening to audiobooks, riding her bike, or ideally doing both at once. 


RudramSmaller.jpg Chris is a compulsive board gamer, craft beer drinker and loves murder mysteries (TV, book or playing). He runs a bit to make up for the beer consumption. He doesn't do anything for his other compulsions.

Utah County

utah county adam.jpgAdam loves board games, escape rooms, puzzles and figuring things out. Loves attending board game conventions and meeting new people and is constantly trying to persuade his family that every night is game night! Married to his gaming partner, Annette and loves living in beautiful Utah where the outdoors are only a few minutes away no matter what part of Utah you are in.

Washington, DC

ronclark_dc_puzzled_pint.jpg Ron is a puzzle hooligan and all-around ne'er-do-well. In his spare time, he religiously studies the local DC indie music scene and mimics computer programming skills.

diving sam small Sam collects physical puzzles and is inordinately fond of dissected platonic solids.  He is a firm believer of Professor Layton's maxim: "A true gentleman leaves no puzzle unsolved."

pengie Ted works as a registered nurse which he thinks is the third best thing about him; the second being his hygiene, and the first being that he is not an arsonist. Other people have hobbies such as stamp collecting or friendship but his include aikido, archery, hiking, paddleboarding, and puzzles. He hopes to one day earn a PhD, hike the AT, and have the FCC let him be.


daniel.jpg Daniel (UK) likes to eat crosswords and solve doughnuts, and is often lost.

DeeAnn S. DeeAnn (co-founder) likes books, games, and cake. You can hear her swear like a sailor on the SnoutCast podcast.

gravatar.png Ken (Portland) is a bicycling, boardgaming, and camping nut, often combining all three.

taylor Taylor (Portland) is a software engineer and architect with a puzzle problem. He also really likes beer.


Adina Adina (Vancouver) read Ken's (Portland) bio and wished she wrote it first.  She also likes to sing.

Aileen Aileen (Vancouver) loves films, makes jewellery, and doubles as a cat tree for her two goofy stink bombs.

bklyn_alex.jpg Alex (New York City) is a fan of puzzles, 1950s game shows, ultimate frisbee, and A Prairie Home Companion. One day he'll find out how to combine these and create the best activity of all time.

bruce-headshot.jpg Bruce (Seattle Eastside) has been creating and solving puzzles since last century. He is an out of the box thinker and his favorite letter is vroo-100-white-transparent.png. He tweets at @Vroo and blogs occasionally at

charmie32x.jpg Charmie (London) loves any variety of unreality, especially video games, magic realist literature, and installation art. She hopes to visit every Disney theme park in existence before it's too late.

corby32.jpg Puzzles and beers are two of Corby's (Bay Area - Peninsula) favorite things. He loves Puzzled Pint because it is more than the sum of its parts.

David David (Tricity) loves solving puzzles and forgetting things. Some say he has solved the same puzzle for the last 7 years.

emerson Emerson (London) is a secondary school librarian by day, a puzzle fiend by night, and combines both personas to serve as faculty advisor to Puzzle Society. American by birth and British by choice, Emerson lives in London with partner Chris (of Exit Games UK fame), cats Xander and Toby, and a truly impressive collection of cardigans.

Hannah Hannah (Vancouver) puzzles over careersimprov, and Argentinian tango, and randomly finds intersections between them.

lisa32.jpg Lisa (London) likes neuroscience, puzzles, capoeira, and wine, and especially occasions that bring them all together. And now a shameless plug for games & exercise.

neal Neal (Austin/HQ) is a frequent puzzle author, editor with Puzzled Pint HQ, and programmer.  His mission in life to to bring joy to others through games and puzzles.

Nicole Nicole (Indianapolis) is an ESTJ and, in ESTJ fashion, wanted us to transcribe the entire MBTI instrument into her bio.  Let’s just say she’s chatty, clumsy and loves to figure things out and that makes her endearing…we think!

paul-h_32.jpg Paul (Boston) is an electrical engineer working for the start-up WiTricity. His interests include wireless power, analog design, and puzzle hunts.

bklyn_rachel.jpg Rachel (New York City) loves to explore, and ponder life's great mysteries. Currently, she enjoys locking people in a room and making them solve puzzles to escape.

yuan32.jpg Yuan (Bay Area - Peninsula) is mostly harmless, unless hangry. She tweets as @hungrynerd.

In Memoriam

anthony-paducah Anthony (Paducah, KY) loved figuring out the logic and strategy behind any game. One thing he loved was seeing that "ah-ha" moment when people finally figure out the solution; as an instructor, he was well equipped to lead players to the solution without giving too much away. To learn more about Anthony, see the Celebration of Anthony Linkens.

Matthew S. Matthew (Portland, OR) was a member of the Recently Improved Order of the Hearth Caprine. He was also a cocktail enthusiast. To learn more about Matthew, see Remembering Matthew Schuler.