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ThinkFun Celebrates New Awards

Alexandria, VA, (September 3, 2003) - River Crossing and WordSense, two games introduced by ThinkFun earlier this year, have been racking up the awards. "We're thrilled that these two games have been so well-received," said Bill Ritchie, President and CEO of ThinkFun Inc. "Both River Crossing and WordSense offer endless fun for all ages, and that's reflected in both consumer sales as well as these awards."

The awards include:

River Crossing™ - Parents' Choice Gold Award, Dr. Toy's Best Vacation Children's Products, Parenting for High Potential Holiday Toy List

ThinkFun - Best Bet For Travel

June 11, 2003 (Alexandria, VA) - Dr. Toy has released her guide to the Best Vacation Children's Products for 2003, and two new ThinkFun products, River Crossing and WordSense, have made the grade. Dr. Toy's guide includes great, diverse summertime vacation products that meet her high standards for safety, uniqueness, top design, durability, cost-effectiveness and value. These products must offer the child something extra for optimal learning, play, creativity and fun.

Real World/Road Rules Contestants Tackle Block by Block

Alexandria, VA, (April 22, 2003) - On the May 5, 2003 final challenge, the Real World/Road Rules Battle of the Sexes hits a stumbling block--the ThinkFun Block by Block Challenge. For the contest, ThinkFun created an oversized version of their popular brainteaser, Block by Block. The regular version sold in stores contains blocks measuring 3/4 of an inch by 3/4 of an inch; the MTV version has blocks that measure 16 inches by 16 inches.

Whee-Lo - Going Strong at Fifty Under Any Name

April 1, 2003 (Alexandria, VA) - When inventors in Patterson, NJ put a wheel on magnets and rolled it around a parallel set of wires in their hands, it's doubtful they had any idea what an impact this new toy would have on the world. Fifty years after the Maggie Magnetic company first put Whee-Lo on the shelves, one thing is safe to say: The Whee-Lo is here to stay.

Binary Arts Launches New 2003 Products

February 10, 2003 - (Alexandria, VA) - Binary Arts has announced new product introductions to kick off 2003. The company's main focus, as always, is on mind-challenging family games. Binary Arts President, Bill Ritchie, said, "Families are spending more time at home, and being more careful about spending their entertainment dollars. We've worked to provide fun, long-lasting games that will become a constant on the main game shelf."

The new games include:

River Crossing
The Perilous Plank Puzzle

Binary Arts Revisits Classics for 2003

February 10, 2003 - (Alexandria, VA) - Binary Arts has redesigned three popular games, Stormy Seas and Hoppers. "We've revisited some of our classics, with a completely new way to play our popular Hoppers solitaire game," said Bill Ritchie, President and CEO of Binary Arts. "These are games our customers return to time and time again, and now they have even more play value."

Binary Arts Changes Name to ThinkFun

January 13, 2003 (Alexandria, VA) Toy Fair in New York City is full of many new game introductions, but rarely does it reintroduce a successful 18-year old company under a new brand name. On February 16th, Binary Arts is making a bold move to solidify its position as the leading manufacturer of mind challenging games by renaming the company ThinkFun. The company’s new tagline, "Think Fun," echoes this focus. They are also introducing ThinkFun Centers to retailers to spotlight their unique product, which embodies the philosophy that problem solving is fun.

Binary Arts Announces New Controller

New Controller Brings More Streamlining to BA Operations.

December 4, 2002 Alexandria, VA - Frank Homburger has joined Binary Arts as Controller. Homburger has over 20 years of experience in virtually all aspects of accounting and financial management. Most recently, Homburger was the Chief Financial Officer for William H. Gordon Associates, one of the area's most successful civil engineering firms. During Homburger's time there, William H. Gordon Associates went from an "unrated" status with Dun & Bradstreet to a top rating in less than one year. Homburger made various improvements to the financial operations to ensure accuracy, timeliness and usefulness of financial information. Prior to that, Homburger worked at Bengtson, DeBell & Elkin, Ltd, a large professional services firm, and Potomac Electric Power Company.

Smart Mouth® is CTTC Best Bet

Popular Binary Arts Game Receives Further Praise

November 4, 2002 Alexandria, VA - The Canadian Toy Testing Council announced today that Smart Mouth®, the word game from Binary Arts, has been awarded one of its prestigious Best Bet Awards for 2002. Over 1,000 children, ages three months to sixteen years, test toys for the Council each year. The Council rates each toy with a maximum of three stars. Smart Mouth received the three star award earlier this year. The Best Bet Award is given to toys that surpass all of the Council's demanding three star criteria in design, function, durability, and most importantly, play value.

More Awards for Binary Arts

New Products Receive Quick Praise From Family Toy Experts

October 8, 2002 Alexandria, VA - Binary Arts' new products have rapidly earned industry praise. "Combining education with fun play has always been a big part of our mission," said Bill Ritchie, President of Binary Arts. "We are thrilled to see our games succeeding in furthering that mission."
Three Binary Arts products, including two just released in September, have received prestigious awards:

Zingo!™ Learning® Magazine 2003 Teachers' ChoiceSM Award
Picture Link™ Parents' Choice Recommended Award
Pet Hunt™ Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal AwardIn addition, Pet Hunt was named one of the Best Educational Toys of the Year by the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio. That list, available at, also includes the Binary Arts multi-award-winning family game, Smart Mouth®.

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