It’s the 10th annual award ceremony for the Puzzling StackExchange community! As the host and his attendants are handing out the awards to the best members of the community, they suddenly realize that they have forgotten who the recipient of the Great Puzzling Trophy was!
In a hurry, the host rushes back to the Great Puzzling Room to find his presentation notes. But when he arrived there, they were gone!
In despair, the host slumped onto the floor of the Great Puzzling Room, only to discover a typed note left on the table where the Great Puzzling Trophy originally sat. It contained the following paragraph, which he had seen an attendant leave there before he had gone onto the stage:
“Being even and fair sometimes leads to great difficulties, like when somebody yearns for something they greatly desire but they end up not really being right. The winner of today's best prize has mastered the art in designing a riddle that will leave many questioning whether he is even human. May this individual thus come forward and receive the greatest reward for everything they will succeed in accomplishing over the time they will remain in our community for. As you know, over the course of their time spent well here, never have they ever created one single mediocre puzzle!”
Alongside the note, the host also find a word search torn out of an old newspaper left on the table:
This is it. Can you help the host find the winner of the trophy?
Bonus question: How does the number pattern correspond to one of the important keywords from the word search?
EDIT: I apologise for the redundancy of the spiral. I only noticed some time after posting the third hint. Apologies to those who were mislead by it.
If absolutely needed, these hints are for those who are really struggling to solve this riddle.
There are three and only three words that have been intentionally put into the word search.
Still struggling with the word search? Here are the three clues for the words: 1. Twisting and Curling, 2. Send Back Home, 3. Prizewinner.
This sequence may be slightly helpful: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 10, 13, 17, 21, 26, 31, 37, 43, 50, 57, 66, 73, 82, 91, 100.
A bit about me:
This is my first puzzle on this community. I’d absolutely love any feedback at all on anything I could have improved or did really well in. I love this community and the high standard of puzzles that have been posted, and I’m looking forward to posting some more of my own in the future!
Created and posted in a day, this puzzle was inspired by many by the user I have nominated as the winner of the trophy. His puzzles have really inspired me to create one of my own. Once you've solved this riddle, go check him out!