Early wake-up call

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Judges and facilitators on the 5th and 6th floors of the Sheraton got an early wake-up call thanks to a fire alarm.

While some slept through the 4:40 a.m. alarm, many were unhappily evacuated to the lobby as evidenced by their tweets: “Fire alarm? Really? The hotel better ****-ing be on fire,” wrote long form team captain @scavendish. (That’s Steve Cavendish of the Chicago Tribune, for those unfamiliar with the Twitter universe).

News team judge Diego Zúñiga García-Falces supplied the SND International Web Desk with a couple of images from the event.

Firefighters explained the alarm was set off by faulty sensors on a (water) trunk line.

Despite the interrupted sleep (or perhaps because of it) everyone was still in the lobby at 8 a.m. and Day 2 judging got under way on time.