Nir Chezrony is still waiting for a team to actually win Trapped: A St. Louis Room Escape.
The baffling mental gauntlet is returning for its third run on August 20, and Chezrony, the show's creator and puzzle designer, is banking on new puzzles and a new theme to attract just the right collection of brainiacs. Their challenge: Escape a locked room before the 60-minute timer hits all zeros.
In April, Trapped: Volume 2 churned through 26 teams before one group -- the very last full team to attempt the devious game -- managed to solve the final puzzle accidentally. Similarly, November's Trapped: Volume 1 featured a "winning" team that attained victory on a technicality after a magnetized key got stuck inside the final puzzle.
"I tried to remove any randomness from this next room. They're not going to be able to solve it without going through every single puzzle and solving it correctly," says Chezrony, who works as a biomedical engineer at Philips when he's not devising brain-stumping obstacle courses. "Beyond that, I think I made the puzzles a bit easier."More »