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Discussion: 2018 US Corn Maze Championships

in: 2018 CMOUSA Corn Maze Champs (Sep 2 - Sunderland, MA, US)

Aug 25, 2018 5:36 PM # 
stever:
Ahoy mateys! The premier event for the year is fast approaching. No, not JWOC, not WOC. It's the 9th annual CMOUSA Championships. Hoist yer anchors, and batten down the hatches. Mark your map now, and reserve your passage.

Yes, 9 years of epic-ness. Shiver me timbers. Who will be next to reign as King and Queen? Who will be the next Guybrush Threepwood? The next Elaine? Who will be next to have their name chiselled into history!

YearMazeKingQueen
2017Greetings From EarthEthan ChildsPavlina Brautigam
2016See AmericaIan SmithIsabel Bryant
2015Alice in SunderlandBen Gallup & Joe BrautigamEvalin Brautigam
2014Animal IntelligenceIan SmithAlex Jospe
2013The Dali~ramaIan SmithBarb Bryant
2012The Sower's BanquetIan SmithAlison Crocker
2011Noah WebsterMarek PetrivalskyCarol Walker
2010Campbell's Soup CanGreg WalkerCristina Luis


Will Ian ever return from the great white north? Can Ethan defend? What dark voodoo secrets explain the Brautigam and Bryant dynasties? Who will impress with the best seadog costume? (All eyes look towards Barb.)

Yo Ho Ho. See you all soon. And so far the maze design is still secret ... heh, heh, most excellent.
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Aug 27, 2018 12:48 PM # 
j-man:
It looks to me like Ian Smith is the Daniel Hubmann of US CMO. A force indeed.
Aug 28, 2018 3:25 PM # 
stever:
j-man: Yes, Ian is clearly a corn maze master. And his streak would have been 5 in a row if not for whatever happened in the 2015 trail O... Shame he's not registered this year -- I suspect he would have made a fine looking Guybrush.
Aug 28, 2018 3:56 PM # 
Joe:
tRail O for the win in '15
Aug 28, 2018 4:37 PM # 
EChild:
I distinctly remember defeating Ian in 2016. I don't have the overall results, though.
Aug 28, 2018 5:25 PM # 
cmorse:
Ethan by 10s in the classic, Ian by 3s in the Night. No results posted for the Sprint Shuffle or Trail-)

https://attackpoint.org/eventdetail.jsp/event_2895...
Aug 28, 2018 5:42 PM # 
feet:
http://www.petergagarin.org/2016/overallcornresult...

http://www.attackpoint.org/discussionthread.jsp/me...
Aug 28, 2018 7:04 PM # 
stever:
Appears the commissioner in 2016 invoked a secret tie breaker?
Aug 28, 2018 8:27 PM # 
EChild:
Ah fiddlesticks. I remember that now...
Aug 28, 2018 9:33 PM # 
iansmith:
Rekt. But you won the races, and that matters more.
Aug 28, 2018 9:49 PM # 
Gswede:
And just to put this out there, I did beat Ethan in the rerun of the Corn Maze in 2016. So I've got no official title, but bragging rights are a pretty big deal :)

I'm coming for you, Ethan!
Aug 29, 2018 3:45 AM # 
jjcote:
Schedule (same as last year) has been posted. Entry deadline is Friday night (unless it fills up before then). Weather forecast is looking... pretty reasonable.
Aug 29, 2018 3:48 AM # 
jjcote:
I'm definitely bringing a boat...
Aug 29, 2018 2:50 PM # 
levitin:
Bringing a boat? Why? Will there also be canoe-corn-O? If so, I'm in. :)
Aug 29, 2018 3:06 PM # 
fossil:
pirates!
Aug 29, 2018 3:26 PM # 
jjcote:
Yeah. Arrrr! Maybe we should have scheduled this for September 19.
Aug 29, 2018 5:19 PM # 
GuyO:
Arrrrrrrr you ready for this??
Aug 29, 2018 6:30 PM # 
cedarcreek:
OMG that's awesome.
Aug 30, 2018 12:13 AM # 
jjcote:
Part of it is even a map! That's so meta!
Aug 30, 2018 12:50 PM # 
GuyO:
That has to be a first!
Aug 30, 2018 4:48 PM # 
Pink Socks:
Nope.

USA.
North & South Carolina
Ohio
Michigan
Illinois
Australia
Georgia & Africa
Florida
Nebraska (sort of)

And then there's this one in Washington State that is the same state map maze each fall, since at least 1999 (perhaps further?). This one has additional props, like the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, the Space Needle, several volcanoes, etc.
Aug 30, 2018 5:10 PM # 
feet:
I think Guy means orienteering on a map with a map of the map may be a first.
Aug 30, 2018 6:08 PM # 
jjcote:
Although in this case, the map on the ground may or may not actually be a map of anything real.
Sep 1, 2018 12:06 PM # 
jjcote:
Start list posted to event page. Adjustments are possible if need be.
Sep 2, 2018 1:02 AM # 
PG:
Stopped by the maze late this afternoon and things look good to go. Mike was making sure the arena was looking good --



The parking area had just been created --



And the maze, tall and lush, is ready --

Sep 2, 2018 11:29 AM # 
dness:
I actually navigated the Washington maze at night one year. It was part of a puzzle hunt. https://mooncurser.info/
Sep 3, 2018 2:30 AM # 
PG:
Another Corn Maze Champs is in the books. Awesome, as usual.

Overall winners for the women:
1. Pavlina Brautigam
2. Evalin Brautigam
3. Kristin Hall

And for the men:
1. Greg Ahlswede
2. Ethan Childs
3. Ben Gallup (appearing semi-incognito)

Sep 3, 2018 11:31 AM # 
PG:
Map and courses from yesterday.

First up was the sprint. Note the excellent maze within the maze, complete with a larger scale version in the lower right part of the page. Course by Steve Richardson, just excellent (true for all the courses).



Next was the classic, aka redemption opportunity, which folks handled in different ways. For example, Tori, the current North American sprint champion, came in only second in the sprint in her personal duel with Carlo; in the classic she trounced him. Both competed early as they had a plane to catch out of Boston back to the Bay Area.

Or there was Phil, always in need of redemption when corn mazes are involved, and seemingly always denied. It appears that it's part of a ploy to get to be the mazemaster some year.



And then the night, wonderful as always, although some of us got way too few skips. But such is life sometimes.





In between there was a trail-O and dinner and other foolishness. And JJ applied the necessary brute force to the WCOC computer to produce results, legitimate results actually, with Greg Ahlswede and Pavlina Brautigam crowned as King and Queen of the corn.
Sep 3, 2018 1:55 PM # 
jjcote:
Detailed results coming... before too long... got some computer gymnastics to do...
Sep 3, 2018 4:58 PM # 
RickD:
Another great edition of the Corn Maze Champs--thanks to all who made it happen, especially Steve for terrific courses. The maze-in-a-maze was a brilliant idea, especially challenging if one snuck in a bathroom break during the pre-course discussion and missed the info that there was a blowup of that portion in the margins.

And what a maze for orienteering. That beard....
Sep 3, 2018 6:19 PM # 
iansmith:
Congratulations to GSwede and 2-time Corn Champion Pavlina! The maze and courses both look fantastic; I am chagrined I couldn't attend.
Sep 3, 2018 9:13 PM # 
Evalin B:
Pictures! https://evalinmae.smugmug.com/Corn-Maze-O-Champs-2...
Sep 3, 2018 9:57 PM # 
Charlie:
Chagrined me too, or maybe that is not quite the right word in my case. Greetings from beautiful Laramie.
Sep 3, 2018 10:02 PM # 
JanetT:
Now, if we could have transported Laramie's weather to Sunderland....

The cooler temps and low humidity has been nice. The maze looks incredible and I'm sure was a blast for all involved.
Sep 5, 2018 1:10 AM # 
stever:
Lost & Found:
- One pair blue shorts.
- One pair of sandals.
- One flashlight.
Sep 5, 2018 4:47 PM # 
kdurand:
Flashlight is mine. Shorts are Andrew Carlson's. Will you be at any of the upcoming NEOC events? Or pass them off to a CSU member at Pawtuckaway? I probably won't be there this time.
Sep 6, 2018 2:33 AM # 
jjcote:
Splits are posted (I think I did everything right), full scoring table yet to come.
Sep 6, 2018 4:05 AM # 
fossil:
Is it possible that night-O control 6 (#33) was flakey? I didn't skip it but it's missing from my printout as well as from the posted results. Counting me there are 6 people with "mp" result who are missing this one (me, Tor, Pia, Gail, Phil, Susan). And my printout isn't showing that I punched some other control by mistake. Are all 6 of us missing one more than our allowed # of skips?
Sep 6, 2018 11:58 AM # 
jjcote:
Good question, I don't know. It definitely worked for a lot of people. Among the ones that you list:
Mitch: skipped 6/5
Tor and Pia: skipped 7/5, though Pia said when they were downloading that they might have skipped too many (but maybe she only thought they skipped one extra?)
Gail: skipped 8/7
Phil: skipped 9/8, but he says in his log that he skipped #6 because he got lost trying to find it
Susan D: skipped 11/6
Also
Jackson: skipped 8/8, including #6
Nancy: skipped a lot
It does look like a control that could have been considered worth skipping.
Sep 6, 2018 2:50 PM # 
fossil:
Never mind. Looks like the flakey one was me. From my gps track it's pretty clear that I skipped #6, even if I didn't plan to.

From the results splits it looks like all the mp folks who were missing this one had started near or after me, so I'd wondered if maybe the earlier folks had worn down a marginal battery or something.
Sep 7, 2018 12:06 AM # 
cmorse:
My splits show me skipping #19 but my track shows me distinctly in the mini-maze between #18 and #20. My intention from the start was to skip the last control just so I wouldn't lose track of what skip in the middle. My route was controls 1-28, in order, and out. So apparently not a MP after all...

{edit} upon closer inspection, it looks like I may have done #28 twice. Probably hit the maze for #19, switched over to looking at the old man version (which didn't have control numbers) and visited the wrong X first time through. Damn...
Sep 7, 2018 12:26 AM # 
jjcote:
Exactly right. You punched control 55 at 26:49 instead of 37.
Sep 7, 2018 12:03 PM # 
jjcote:

Name Sprint place Classic place Trail-O place skips Night-O place finishes score
1 Greg Ahlswede 06:23 1 11:09 1 8 3 0 20:21 2 4 7
2 Ethan Childs 07:52 3 11:33 2 5 8 0 19:49 1 4 14
3 Pavlina Brautigam 09:00 6 19:42 18 9 1 2 28:16 5 4 30
4 Ben Gallup 08:38 4 16:09 8 3 21 1 27:48 4 4 37
5 Nathan Collinsworth 11:58 15 15:34 6 6 6 1 44:37 14 4 41
6 Evalin Brautigam 07:12 2 15:37 7 2 32 0 27:03 3 4 44
7 Peter Gagarin 10:50 11 18:32 15 4 12 2 36:54 10 4 48
8 J-J Cote 09:20 10 17:04 13 3 21 2 31:33 6 4 50
9 Kristin Hall 13:23 20 20:50 20 7 4 4 36:50 9 4 53
10 Bridget Hall 16:11 29 21:18 24 4 12 5 35:27 7 4 72
11 Craig Weber 18:32 41 20:52 21 4 12 6 41:29 13 4 87
12 Jackson Codd 13:24 21 26:06 32 1 34 8 36:35 8 4 95
13 Sue Worthington 16:33 34 26:29 33 3 21 6 47:31 15 4 103
14 Anna Morse 26:36 49 25:38 31 3 21 7 49:47 18 4 119
15 Rick DeWitt 16:25 33 27:00 35 1 34 6 49:40 17 4 119
16 Ellen Morse 49:29 52 51:21 50 7 4 8 50:09 19 4 125
Gail Richardson 17:52 39 34:23 45 9 1 7 DNF 3
Lucas Lyons 12:27 17 16:16 9 6 6 3
Sam Levitin 16:17 31 29:19 36 5 8 3
Ken Walker 18:01 40 33:01 42 5 8 3
Clinton Morse 08:56 5 18:46 16 4 12 1 DNF 3
Keegan Harkavy 13:32 23 14:36 3 4 12 2 DNF 3
Nancy Duprey 28:58 50 33:44 44 4 12 8 DNF 3
Ed Despard 09:07 7 15:18 4 4 12 3
Mitch Collinsworth 14:41 25 24:13 27 3 21 5 DNF 3
Guy Olsen DNF 36:46 46 3 21 8 1:07:10 20 3
Hayden Morse 11:28 13 21:01 23 3 21 3
Ari Silverfine 15:34 28 31:56 39 3 21 3
Michael Lyons 20:15 43 24:41 30 3 21 3
Adam Miller 16:48 36 32:41 40 3 21 3
Adam Caplan-Bricker 12:36 18 16:28 10 2 32 3
Susan DeWitt 14:09 24 33:38 43 1 34 6 DNF 3
Keith Durand 16:13 30 31:51 38 1 34 6 DNF 3
Brad Harkavy 20:54 44 24:21 28 1 34 8 DNF 3
William Daniels 12:17 16 16:32 11 2 38:07 11 3
Lukas Webb 21:09 45 5 8 2
Andrew Carlson DNF DNF 4 12 8 48:09 16 2
Ann Marie Mador 16:36 35 3 21 2
Tor Webb 14:50 26 23:03 25 5 DNF 2
Pia Webb 16:23 32 23:08 26 5 DNF 2
Mark Webb 23:25 46 37:32 47 8 DNF 2
Sarita Castaneda DNF 38:23 48 8 38:07 11 2
Zachary Lyons 09:15 9 15:22 5 2
Julia Doubson 09:13 8 19:09 17 2
Jon Hansen 11:51 14 17:34 14 2
Tori Borish 12:48 19 16:52 12 2
Carlo Giacometti 11:25 12 21:00 22 2
George Walker 17:29 38 29:35 37 2
Jeff Saeger 24:29 47 24:32 29 2
Jim Henderson 17:18 37 32:57 41 2
Patty Lyons 20:12 42 48:03 49 2
Judy Karpinski 24:46 48 52:54 51 2
Joe Brautigam 4 12 1
Phil Bricker 13:30 22 DNF 8 DNF 1
Dean Sturtevant DNF 26:44 34 8 DNF 1
Dan Westerberg DNF 20:31 19 1
Krista Knudson 15:00 27 DNF 1
Lynette Walker 32:32 51 DNF 1
Sep 7, 2018 3:53 PM # 
iansmith:
AP interprets carriage returns in table html as whitespace in the post. To get rid of the white space, change your table style from the top to the bottom:

<tr>
<td> stuff </td>
</tr>

Instead:
<tr> <td> stuff </td> </tr>
Sep 7, 2018 6:22 PM # 
jjcote:
That's what I get for having Excel spit out HTML instead of just crafting it myself. Better than it was, but I guess I still have a few in there. And I must say I don't understand how it manifests itself as extra lines top and bottom, but whatever.
Sep 7, 2018 7:18 PM # 
iansmith:
It's more concerning that Nate Collinsworth (e.g.) took 1515:34 on the classic course. Edit: now I realize that there is no space between the sprint places (15 for Nate) and the classic time (15:34).
Sep 7, 2018 7:53 PM # 
jjcote:
Right. When I just open up the HTML, the spacing and alignment come out okay, but when I paste it into AP, not so much.

OK, I can add spaces to fix that. Later...
Sep 7, 2018 8:01 PM # 
iansmith:
Quick and dirty fix is to add cellspacing="5" (e.g.) to the <table> tag, like <table cellspacing="5"> . It's technically not supported in HTML5, but it should work, I think.
Sep 7, 2018 10:00 PM # 
bhall:
I'm confused about my trail-o score because I did it but the table above doesn't show a score.
Sep 7, 2018 10:51 PM # 
jjcote:
I don't think width is the problem. There's a left-justified column following a right-justified one, despite the fact that they're both supposed to be right.
Sep 7, 2018 10:54 PM # 
jjcote:
Sorry about that, Bridget, we might have lost data. I don't know what happened to the scoring sheet that Steve gave me (I typed it in that night, but I might have missed you). I'll ask Steve if he still has the maps.
Sep 9, 2018 1:14 AM # 
walk:
Lost - A rental SI dibber, aka SI stick, #2080605, is missing from the kit used at the Corn Maze. Please look through your gear for anything extra. Contact me at contact info.
Sep 9, 2018 5:15 AM # 
jjcote:
That one was assigned to Ed Despard. We did try pretty thoroughly to police up the registration area, but it is possible that he returned it and we somehow missed it (fell on the ground or whatnot). I didn't do as good a job as I should have at having an accounting system for those.
Sep 9, 2018 6:24 AM # 
jjcote:
Trail-O results found. Will update the table tomorrow.
Sep 9, 2018 12:23 PM # 
edwarddes:
I have it. Ken and I skipped the night-o and went home from Bubs.
Sep 9, 2018 5:20 PM # 
jjcote:
Trail-O results
Control #4 (the northernmost one) was not included in the scoring total, because the balloon made a break for it in the middle of the competition, and was last seen speeding past South Sugarloaf, so it wasn't there for the later groups. Due to the wind, all of the balloons were hard to see, only bobbing into view occasionally. The bonus column is for coming down from the viewing platform with time left from the five-minute time limit.

The overall scoring table above has been updated with some corrections from the Trail-O. The main difference seem to be that PG beat me.

name#1#2#3(#4)bonustotal
Gail Richardson51039
Pavilina Brautigam00549
Greg Ahlswede31048
Kristin Hall13037
Ellen Morse05027
Nathan Collinsworth30036
Lucas Lyons003536
Sam Levitin10045
Ethan Childs111525
Ken Walker03025
Lukas Webb01045
Peter Gagarin10034
Joe Brautigam10034
Nancy Duprey10034
Clinton Morse00044
Bridget Hall10034
Andrew Carlson101524
Craig Weber100134
Keegan Harkavy00044
Ed Despard00044
J-J Cote00033
Anna Morse10023
Mitch Collinsworth10023
Ari Silverfine00033
Ann Marie Mador00033
Hayden Morse00033
Sue Worthington110113
Ben Gallup100523
Adam Miller00033
Guy Olsen100123
Michael Lyons000133
Adam Caplan-Bricker00022
Evalin Brautigam000322
Brad Harkavy00011
Rick DeWitt000111
Susan DeWitt000511
Keith Durand00011
Jackson Codd00011
Sep 9, 2018 6:23 PM # 
GuyO:
Suggestion for future USCMOCs ("Corn Maze Nationals"?)...

Have the trail-O after the party (ie, Bubs). Rationale...
Getting to Bubs earlier would allow us to get back to the maze more quickly, because we would (presumably) beat the crowds. It has certainly worked in the past...
Sep 9, 2018 9:47 PM # 
jjcote:
Yeah that's good. Trail-O in the dark. For most people, their scores would be about the same.

(For the second year in a row, I went to a different dining establishment where there was nobody there except the people at my table.)
Sep 10, 2018 8:16 PM # 
dness:
Does the skips column indicate the allowed number of skips or the actual skips? I may well have skipped 9 instead of 8 so I can believe a DNF.
Sep 10, 2018 8:18 PM # 
dness:
I may have picked up the wrong thumb compass. My memory is that the compass I had had a clear border, but the one I have now has a maroon border.

On a similar note, I seem to have misplaced my dibber: 419077. Does anyone have it?
Sep 11, 2018 1:54 PM # 
jjcote:
Skips column is skips allowed. Skips taken can be seen by looking at the splits.
Sep 20, 2018 2:04 PM # 
chitownclark:
For those CMOUSA members who are sad to see the season ending, you're invited to extend your O'Hare layover for the next month, and enjoy Chicago's First Corn Maze only a few blocks from Michigan Avenue and the Water Tower! And hidden inside the maze is a Beer Garden!
Sep 21, 2018 8:03 AM # 
Pink Socks:
What other clubs are having races in corn mazes this year?

I know CascadeOC has one tomorrow (our 7th annual). RMOC and MNOC have some, too, I think?
Sep 22, 2018 2:57 AM # 
andreais:
MNOC has had them for at least 5 or 6 years. Coming up October 6. Ours is always in the morning, before the place opens to the public, and the ticket is then good for the rest of the activities at Sever's Corn Maze.

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