TMT Institute of Technology

Thursday December 29, 2011 12:00AM
Dear TMT Members,

After tonight's Theorem, I'll be going on sabbatical for the foreseeable future. And, I should say, that's not some clue for tonight's puzzle.

You've been great. For the most part. Except for those of you who disobey me (and it's a surprising number). I'm actually being entirely sincere when I say I'll be sad when the music stops.

In particular, I'm ready to unveil two of my most faithful lackeys, known to you as N and P. I owe them a special thanks for keeping TMT afloat.

N is actually Allison Kade, who's been a Senior Member of The Master Theorem since her time at Columbia. Nowadays, she's a professional writer and editor. Her fiction writing has appeared in the literary magazines Annalemma, Underground Voices, Fractured West and 322 Review. By day, she's the Deputy Editor at LearnVest, the leading lifestyle and personal finance website for women. Her nonfiction has appeared in publications like Real Simple, TheStreet, The Huffington Post, SeattlePI, Savvy Sugar and Credit Karma. Not too surprisingly, her favorite Theorems are my whodunits—the ones that tell stories. To contact her directly, you can email

P is actually Shaun Salzberg, who also helped me run TMT during his time at Columbia. After graduating with a computer science degree, Shaun joined the startup world in New York, becoming an early employee at the file-sharing service, After was purchased by Facebook in 2010, Shaun became part of the founding team behind QLabs, a startup incubator tasked with the mission of launching a new startup every six weeks. Nowadays he can be found building weird stuff at the MIT Media Lab. In his free time, he focuses on personal projects, which range from designing puzzles and games to voice-activating his apartment. When not programming, Shaun might be found SCUBA diving, rock climbing, or fencing. You can contact him at

I'd also like to thank all the individual Members who have helped out over time, from submitting their own Theorems for consideration (and even publication!) to user testing each and every one of the Theorems before we put it out.

As for me, you'll probably never know my real identity. And I'd rather keep it that way, since I've been called up (I can't say by whom) for a special mission (I can't say what) somewhere far away (I can't say where).

Although this will be the last weekly Theorem for the foreseeable future, this website will remain up. To put some fuel on the fire, I've just released ten new puzzle Seals (see them here) for you to work on. Although an archived version of the current scoreboard will be saved for perpetuity, the new scoreboard will keep track of TMT's "elite," those who have conquered every Theorem and Seal.

So have at it, and I hope you enjoy. In the end, it's not about points (or even a scarlet letter next to your name on the scoreboard). It's about the solving problems and learning something new. Thank you for your time, for waking up at midnight and, in the case of one Member, for letting TMT be part of your marriage proposal.

Tonight's Theorem is a bit of closure; you've been through my "program" and unique brand of education, so tonight you graduate.

This is today, tomorrow and always,
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