Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Two More New Puzzle Blogs

If your puzzle interests run towards the World Puzzle Championships, perhaps this blog is for you. There's actually been quite a lot posted there already in the week-or-so since it opened, and some of it is quite relevant with respect to the puzzles-as-game dynamic. (Thanks to Chris Dickson for starting the blog and posting about it here in the comments to a previous posting.)

On the other hand, if your tastes run to the NYTimes crossword, perhaps this blog is for you. It's a good way to keep up with what the fuss is about for various NYT puzzles if, like me, you're too busy to actually avail yourself of a subscription to the puzzles themselves.
Spoilers Ahead

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Deadly Puzzles of Death.

Most of my time right now is directed at the upcoming convention of the National Puzzlers' League, which will be in my hometown of Los Angeles. I've got a few puzzle commitments that I'm struggling to wrap up, along with my mundane life.

I intended to write a post about my favorite computer puzzle game of all time, Deadly Rooms of Death, but after putting it off for a while, Ed Pegg, Jr., has beaten me to it. The article, part of his always-interesting "Math Games" column at, says most of the things I wanted to say.

Read the article, and pretend I wrote something very similar.
Spoilers Ahead

Saturday, June 18, 2005

Post for WPC Qualifiying Test Comments

This post is being made primarily for discussing the puzzles on today's World Puzzle Championship qualifier. The WPC qualifying test is one of a select few venues where there are a significant number of new or seldom-seen puzzle types, ideas or twists are presented, and I plan to comment on at least a couple of them over the next day or two as I find the time.

As always, your comments are also welcome.
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Monday, June 13, 2005

WPC qualifier this weekend + New Crossword Blog

For those of you who like logic/math/visual/other language-independent puzzles, this is a quick reminder to surf over to to sign up for the test that will be used to select members of the US and Canadian teams (among others) for the World Puzzle Championships this year in Hungary. If you want to be elgible for selection for one of these teams, you should sign up by June 16th, 2005; the test itself will be on Saturday June 18th.

I'm planning to post here post-test to discuss the test from a design and/or solving perspective, time permitting.

Also of note: a brand spankin' new crossword blog.
Spoilers Ahead