The first scrutiny date on December 31st 2008 found many strong entries but no complete solutions. The entries were submitted to and opened by independent auditors appointed by Tomy UK.
To reward the attempts so far, which have been made to solve Eternity II, Tomy has decided to award the highest scoring nearly-solved entry a runner-up prize of $10,000.
Tomy’s prize has been awarded to Anna Karlsson from Lund in Sweden. Anna placed all 256 pieces so that the colours and patterns matched in 467 out of 480 possible places on the board.
Tomy has contacted the winner to congratulate her on her fantastic achievement and deliver the prize money.
There are thousands of ways the Eternity II puzzle can be completed, so players around the world are urged to continue to submit their entries to claim the prize.
Robert Mann, CEO of Tomy Europe said: “We are delighted by the number of entries we have received in time for the first scrutiny date. Although we have not received a complete solution yet, we have decided to award the highest scoring entry a fantastic $10,000 prize. This prize is presented to celebrate the entrants to date and thank them for taking part in the competition.
All solutions received this year will be locked away in a vault until the next scrutiny date, 31st December 2009. On that day, all solutions will be opened in date order received and the first person with a complete solution wins $2million. The final closing date is 31st December 2010.
For further information, visit www.eternityII.com.