On March 28th, 2009, at 3:00 P.M. EDT, the XYZZY Awards Ceremony was held at ifMUD. Below is the transcript of the event, not including side-comments that those in attendance made on the #peanut-gallery channel. Should you wish to see those comments, a version with those comments is also available.
inky says, "now then -- the next award is always a little tricky, but here to sort things out is Christopher Huang, for Best Individual Puzzle"
Gunther says, "yay Xhuang"
Hugh_Dunnett says, "Actually, Mr Huang couldn't make it. He sent me to cover for him."
Hugh_Dunnett ambles up to the stage.
Hugh_Dunnett asks, "So I understand we have a mystery as to who's got the single best puzzle here, aye?"
Hugh_Dunnett says, "Anyway, the suspects are as follows:"
Hugh_Dunnett flips open notebook.
Guest3 walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice it approaching it from the other side.
Hugh_Dunnett says, "First we have the, uh, Calling For Help, in 'Escapade!'"
Hugh_Dunnett says, "(just use the telephone, I say)"
olethros claps with extra fury.
Hugh_Dunnett says, "Next, we have the autops-- er, the Putting The Vampire Together bit in 'Afflicted'."
DavidW says, "heh"
Hugh_Dunnett says, "(seriously?)"
TJSay claps politely
DavidW says, "hee hee"
olethros.. puts .. his hands .. together
Taleslinger looks at fingers
Firion walks out from under the archway south of here, although you didn't notice him approaching it from the other side.
dougegan says, ""that's a good one!""
DavidW says (to Taleslinger), ">count fingers"
inky says, "it's like a negative murder mystery"
Hugh_Dunnett says, "Now, the disposal of evidence: Disconnecting the Internet and Getting Rid of the Key, from 'Violet'."
Hugh_Dunnett shakes head disapprovingly.
olethros deduces that it's time to clap again.
Hugh_Dunnett says, "And finally, of course, The Gallows in 'Gun Mute'."
Hugh_Dunnett nods approvingly. Not that he's biased or anything.
Lucea applauds everyone
Hugh_Dunnett says, "So. Based on the evidence or lack thereof....."
Jacqueline says, "heh"
Hugh_Dunnett pulls out the envelope from under the cellar stairs in the middle of the house.
Hugh_Dunnett says, "The Guilty Party is .... Violet, Disconnecting the Internet!"
maga says, "yay"
inky updates the BEST INDIVIDUAL PUZZLE entry on the chalkboard.
Lucea has disconnected.
Taleslinger says, "Cool!"
nm clap clap
violet says, "Jeremy said if he got a second award I should thank Emily for her work on i7 and its extensions"
Lucea somehow manages to fetch the ethernet cord and applaud
dougegan says, ""hooray""
Hugh_Dunnett cuffs Professor Violet and marches him out to the paddywagon.
McMartin applauds for Internet
radix gives Taleslinger some hand lotion.
inky says, "I think there's an important lesson for all PhD students here, although I'm not sure quite what it is"
Taleslinger says, "Write naked"
JimMunroe cheers <INTERNET CONNECTION DROPPED>
nm says, "you can write IF later, when you're a professor"
inky says (to Taleslinger), "there we are"
DavidW says (to Taleslinger), "I think I want to cross-stitch that."
Lucea says (to davidw), "you'll only tear it up in a fit of writer's block"