### The SuperContest

By Josh Feldman
As cold temperatures and polar vortexes hit large swaths of the country, the days of watching outdoor cross-country meets seem like a distant memory.

### Crossnumber Puzzles

By Stephen Meskin
Crossword puzzles are popular. They can be found in almost every newspaper and many magazines—including this one.

### It’s Cross Country Season (Again)

By Josh Feldman
During the dog days of summer, someone saw me struggling while running in the excessive heat and humidity that frequently blankets the Midwest, and asked me why I bother running during the hottest months of the year.

### Snakes, Caterpillers, and Other Critters

By Stephen Meskin
The Federal Office of Actuaries has received an urgent call for assistance from Zack Zappa the Zoologist.

### Draft Lottery

By Joshua Feldman
I’ve always had a fascination with sports drafts, where teams pick players to play on their teams.

### Tiling 2

By Stephen Meskin
“Tiling 2”? If you look back at prior issues of Contingencies, you will not find a puzzle column named “Tiling 1.”

### Streak For Cash

By Josh Feldman
I still remember my introduction to the internet as if it happened yesterday.

### How High Can You Go?

By Stephen Meskin
Let {a1, a2, ..., an} be a non-empty set of relatively prime positive integers, for example {3, 8} for n = 2 or {6, 10, 15} for n = 3.

### Straight Flush!?

By Josh Feldman
I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with the game of poker.

### Odds and Ends

By Stephen Meskin You may have noticed that among the positive integers, 2 is special. Fermat’s Last Theorem is an