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Midnight Madness: The Race and the Money Raised

By Amanda Gordon - 2013-10-07T21:27:15Z

Photograph by Amanda Gordon/Bloomberg

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Mark the Start of the Path

Almost 300 people in finance wandered the streets of Manhattan this weekend in the all-night puzzle competition “Midnight Madness.”

From sunset Saturday night to around 2 p.m. on Sunday, 30 teams of 10 tapped on gravestones, assembled an electronic piano and decoded countless ciphers.

The competition, in its second year, lets young professionals raise money for charity while showing off their skills in problem-solving. The challenges are in development for months and feature dozens of clues, cues, keys and experiences. 

Gamers arrive to the starting location, a closed Pathmark supermarket near the Manhattan Bridge. The event raised $2.9 million for Good Shepherd Services, which cares for the poor in New York City. Backpacks, sneakers and headbands with flashlights were ubiquitous.