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Official rules: The Baltimore Sun's 2017 holiday cookie contest

The Official Rules have been updated to reflect an extended deadline for the contest.*

NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY. The Baltimore Sun Holiday Cookie Recipe Contest (the “Contest”) is sponsored by The Baltimore Sun Company, LLC, 501 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21278. Contest is offered only in the state of Maryland. Contest begins on October 18, 2017 at 6:00 AM ET, and the entry deadline is November 6, 2017* at 5:00 p.m. ET. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for this Contest. By entering, you agree to these Official Rules.

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Eligibility. To enter, you must be at least 13 years old or older and a legal resident of Maryland. If you are a minor, ask your parent or guardian for assistance entering and for permission to enter. You are not eligible to enter if you are (a) an employee of Sponsor, or a member of the immediate family (defined as spouse, parents, siblings or children) or household (whether or not related) of any such employees or (b) one of last year’s Contest winners or (c) a food professional. For purposes of the Contest, a food professional is defined as anyone who has earned 25% or more of his or her annual income during any of the past three years in any aspect of the food industry whether working in a restaurant (chef, wait staff, etc.) or for a food company (manufacturer, distributor, etc.). Food professionals do not include farmers.

Entries: Entries will be accepted beginning October 18, 2017 at 6:00 AM ET and ending November 6, 2017* at 5:00 p.m. ET. To enter, submit the following at www.baltimoresun.com/cookies (the “Promotion Page”): your cookie recipe (“Recipe”) a short essay (“Essay”) (max 200 words) explaining why the Recipe is important to you, and the following contact information: your name, town of residence, daytime telephone number, and your e-mail address (if you have one).

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There are four categories (each, a “Category”). At the time you enter, you will also be asked to designate a Category for your Recipe. The Categories are as follows:

Decorated: Do you make the prettiest cookies in all the land? Teach readers your secrets to making edible reindeer, snowflakes, menorahs or other designs that are almost too beautiful to eat — almost.

Easy: Not everyone is a master baker. We’re looking for brilliantly simple (but no less delicious) original recipes that less-skilled bakers and their pint-size helpers can easily replicate.

Special diet: Classic cookie ingredients like flour, milk, sugar and eggs are off-limits to some eaters. Submit your best recipe made from alternative ingredients especially for vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and other diets.

Wild card: Great holiday cookies don’t always fit neatly into Column A or Column B. The “wild card” category is open to all types of holiday cookies.

Limit one entry per person and per email address. Additional entries received from any such person or email address thereafter will be void. Uses of automated devices are not valid for entry. If there is a dispute as to the identity or eligibility of a winner based on an email address, the winning entry will be deemed made by the “Authorized Account Holder” of the email address used at time of entry. “Authorized Account Holder” is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, education institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address.

The information that you provide in connection with the Contest will be used by Sponsor in accordance with its Privacy Policy, which is found at http://www.tronc.com/privacy-policy/ and which may be updated from time to time.

Submitted Recipes: The Recipes must be original to entrant; entrant must have the right to submit the Recipe in this Contest; and the Recipe must not have previously been published. The Recipe must not promote bigotry, racism, sexism, hatred or harm against any group or individual, or promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age, or promote alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms/weapons (or the use of any of the foregoing) or the use of any tobacco product. By submitting a Recipe, each entrant represents and warrants that: (a) the Recipe is original to and was created solely by the entrant and has not been copied, in whole or in part, from a copyrighted or proprietary work belonging to someone else, (b) entrant has all rights necessary to submit the Recipe in this Contest and grant the rights provided for herein; (c) the Recipe does not violate any copyright or trademark laws, and does not plagiarize, libel, slander, defame, disparage, or otherwise infringe on or violate the rights of any third parties; (d) the distribution, reproduction, display and any other uses of any part of the Recipe by Sponsor as permitted herein will not infringe any third party rights; (e) the Recipe does not include dangerous or poisonous ingredients; and (f) the Recipe complies in all respects with these Official Rules and the Sponsor’s Central Terms of Service, which are located at http://www.tronc.com/central-terms-of-service/. Any Recipe that is determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion at any time to violate these Official Rules or the Central Terms of Service, or to otherwise be unsuitable, offensive or in poor taste, may be rejected and the accompanying entry disqualified. Sponsor retains sole discretion as to whether any entry satisfies the submission requirements, and its decisions are final. Recipes (including non-winning Recipes), identified only by the entrant’s user name, may appear online on the Sun’s website. By entering, you grant the Sponsor a royalty-free, perpetual, world-wide, non-exclusive right to publish and publicly display the Recipes and edit the Recipes for consistency in any and all media in perpetuity for any purpose as determined by the Baltimore Sun, including promotional purposes, without payment, notice, or approval. Each entrant further agrees to hold Sponsor, tronc, Inc., their subsidiaries, affiliates, agents, distributors, retailers, and all of their respective advertising and promotional agencies, franchisees, promoters, and representatives, and all of their employees, contractors, officers, directors, agents and related persons (collectively, the “Released Parties”), harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, damages, costs, liabilities and causes of action of whatsoever nature that are based upon or arise out of any breach by such entrants of such warranties or representations made by entrant or of these Official Rules.

Finalist Selection and Notification: On or about November 7, 2017, eligible entries will be judged by a panel of judges selected by Sponsor on Recipe originality and use of ingredients to determine up to 12 finalists (the “Finalists”). There will be at least one Finalist in each Category, provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received. Sponsor will attempt to contact all potential Finalists in accordance with the information supplied to Sponsor on their entries, and potential Finalists must respond to the initial notification attempt within 48 hours. Finalists may be asked to provide Sponsor with valid identification and a declaration of eligibility, liability waiver, publicity release, and/or Recipe release. A potential Finalist will be disqualified and an alternate Finalist may be selected (time permitting) by applying the criteria set forth above if: (a) a Finalist cannot be contacted/does not respond within 48 hours of initial notification attempt; (b) a Finalist does not fulfill the eligibility requirements; (c) a Finalist does not adhere to the Official Rules; (d) a Finalist does not return any required documentation by the deadline set by Sponsor; and/or (e) if the prize notification is declined or returned as undeliverable or refused.

Winner Selection and Notification: Finalists must bring two dozen of their cookies, or have a person he/she designates, bring the cookies to the Sun’s downtown office at 501 N. Calvert Street between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon on November 13, 2017. The Finalists must also agree to be photographed for the story if they are selected as winners. If Finalist does not agree to be photographed or bring the cookies to the Baltimore Sun office on the designated date during the designated time window, Finalist will be disqualified. On or about November 13, 2017, a panel of judges selected by Sponsor will determine up to four winners, one in each Category provided a sufficient number of eligible entries are received, and 10 runners up based on taste, appearance and originality. If the winner has not done so already, the winner may be asked to provide Sponsor with valid identification and a declaration of eligibility, liability waiver, publicity release, and/or Recipe release. A potential winner will be disqualified if: (a) a winner does not fulfill the eligibility requirements; (b) a winner does not adhere to the Official Rules; and/or (c) a winner does not return any required documentation by the deadline set by Sponsor.

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Prizes: Up to four winners and 10 runners up will have their Recipes and a photograph of themselves and/or their cookies featured in the Baltimore Sun in or around Nov. 29, 2017. All prize details are at Sponsor’s sole discretion. If newspaper feature does not occur for any reason, no alternate prize will be awarded, and there is no value to newspaper feature.

By accepting a prize, where permitted by law, each winner grants to Sponsor and those acting on its behalf, the right to print, publish, broadcast, and use for the purposes of this or similar contests, worldwide in any media now known or hereafter developed, his/her name, picture, likeness, and information, as news or information without compensation or review.

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Entrants agree that the Released Parties: (a) are not responsible for lost, interrupted, or unavailable network, server, or other connections, or for any failed telephone or computer hardware or software, or for any lost, misdirected, illegible, mutilated or damaged entry forms, or for any failed, delayed, misdirected, corrupted, or garbled transmissions or errors of any kind, whether human, mechanical, or electronic, or for entries that for any reason are not received by Sponsor by the deadlines stated above; (b) are not responsible for any injury or damage to any computer, modem or other electrical device as a result of participation in this Contest or downloading of any software or materials; (c) are released from any and all liability related to this Contest and the receipt and use of any prize; and (d) will not be responsible for the inability to select winners because of postal failure, equipment failure, or data storage failure.

RELEASED PARTIES WILL NOT BE LIABLE, AND ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE, FOR DAMAGES OF ANY KIND RELATED TO YOUR PARTICIPATION IN OR INABILITY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CONTEST, WHETHER THE DAMAGES ARE DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL. SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, SO THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU IN WHOLE OR IN PART.

ANY ATTEMPT BY AN ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION. Sponsor reserves the right to prohibit any entrant from participating in the Contest if, at its sole discretion, Sponsor finds such entrant to be tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest, or if such entrant shows a disregard for, or attempts to circumvent, these Official Rules, or acts: (a) in a manner the Sponsor determines to be not fair or equitable; (b) with an intent to annoy, threaten or harass any other entrant or Sponsor; or (c) in any other disruptive manner.

Sponsor reserves the right to cancel, terminate or suspend this Contest or any part of this Contest should any non-authorized intervention, network failure, information storage failure, telecommunications failure, malfunction, or other causes beyond its control, corrupt or impair the security, administration, fairness and/or operation of this Contest as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion, at which time, Sponsor will select the Finalists and/or winners in accordance with the previously described selection criteria from among all non-suspect entries received at the time of the Contest cancellation, termination or suspension. Sponsor reserves the right to correct typographical or clerical errors in any Contest-related materials. No more than the stated number of prizes will be awarded.

By entering the Contest, entrants agree that (a) any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Contest, or any prizes awarded, must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action; (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards will be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Contest, but in no event attorneys’ fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain any award for, and entrant hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. Any failure by Sponsor to enforce any of these Official Rules will not constitute a waiver of such Official Rules. If there is any discrepancy between the terms of these Official Rules and the marketing or entry materials used in connection with the Contest, the terms of these Official Rules will govern.

This Contest will be governed by the laws of the State of Maryland, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of any other state’s laws. Venue for any action concerning the Contest or these Official Rules will be in the courts located in or closest to Baltimore County, Maryland.

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