Hephaestus Award 2020: Megistian Aenigma Agon

The 4th Annual Megistian Aenigma Agon puzzle competition was held on the Greek island of Kastellorizo, June 26-28, 2020, organized by Pantazis Houlis, an internationally well-known Greek puzzle designer and collector. The competition was in four categories: Interaction, Inscription, Illusion and Invention.

The word Megistian comes from one of the island's names (Megisti), Aenigma means puzzle, and Agon stands for competition (agony?). It is a celebration of toys and word-games for children from 0 to 150 years old, presenting to the world Greece's leading role in puzzles. One of our winning entries was our complex and elegant Hex-Pave set, awarded the Silver medal in the Quality Puzzle category.

The award was printed like a palimpsest, a twice-used parchment of great antiquity with earlier writings obscured underneath later inscriptions. A beautiful silver-like medallion was included as a trophy with the award.

For more details, download the summary from the Kastellorizo website with images of all entries and the list of winners.

Kastellorizo (also known as Megisti) is a small but beautiful island with some enormously rich history, and a population of 300 inhabitants. The island also has a big puzzle history. For example, the Kastellorizo Museum has a puzzle magazine from the 19th century. And the Greeks rightly claim ancestry for Archimedes' Square, the Stomachion (or Ostomachion), which Kadon features with our own added original research results.

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