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The Recipe for a Good Puzzle

The Recipe for a Good Puzzle

BoingBoing has an article about the author’s experience with an extremely expensive, extremely disappointing physical metal puzzle called Isis I that may or may not be a marketplace scam to amass a mailing list filled with rich people. Midway through the article, while bemoaning the way the puzzle works (or doesn’t), the author provides a helpful list of rules that he feels make for a good puzzle: The objective has to be clear and easy to understand without special training. The rules under which the objective is to be achieved have to be clear and understandable without special training. The challenge presented by a puzzle must be primarily intellectual in nature, not physical. Juggling, for example, is challenging, has a clear objective, and operates under clear rules. But it’s not a puzzle. And finally: The challenge must arise as a direct result of the structure of the puzzle and not from some obscured secret. Find out the myriad ways in which the Isis I breaks these rules by reading the full article: Read Isis Adventure: Worst. Puzzle. Ever. – BoingBoing – BoingBoing What’s the worst puzzle you’ve ever tried to solve, and what made it bad? Tell us all about it in the...
Video Game Developers Create Elaborate Real World Mystery Hunt

Video Game Developers Create Elaborate Real World Mystery Hunt

Here’s something juicy: video game developer Redlynx, creators of the Trials series, embedded clues in their 2012 game Trials Evolution that launched a hunt which spilled out into the real world and broadened to an epic scale. This Tweet perfectly frames the Kotaku.au article about the puzzle: while reading this, remember: Trials is a video game about doing flips on a motorbike to ghastly cock rock: http://t.co/YVAv3dYl0M — Rowan Kaiser (@RowanKaiser) June 12, 2015 The article weaves a tale of the hunt that should take you from “mildly impressed” to “mind blown” by the end of it. If you’re a fan of escape games, treasure hunting, or geocaching, it’s a must-read! Read The Trials Evolution Riddle Has Been Solved And It Is Truly Unbelievable – Kotaku.au –...
Can You Solve This Logic Puzzle for Hong Kong Kindergarteners?

Can You Solve This Logic Puzzle for Hong Kong Kindergarteners?

If you can’t make Puzzled Pint tonight, or you’re just coo coo for cocoa puzzles, here are a few from The Guardian that’ll get your grey matter grinding: The first asks you to find which shape is the odd one out. The second, which you’re only allowed to see for 20 seconds, involves parked cars. It was used as an entry test for a Hong Kong elementary school. The place sounds pretty advanced to us, if they’re letting six-year-olds park cars. Head over to The Guardian to see if you can solve these, and a few other puzzles they’ve concocted. Answers are here. Read Can you solve it? Odd ones out and the puzzle for Hong Kong six-year-olds – The Guardian – The...
Puzzled Pint Rides Again Tuesday April 14th

Puzzled Pint Rides Again Tuesday April 14th

After its inaugural outing last month, Puzzled Pint Toronto smashed the record for the largest opening of any of the event’s 18 cities (yes – 18! Milwaukee launches in May.) The free event held in March at the Artful Dodger pub in downtown Toronto saw 38 puzzlers across 11 teams thinking their way through a set of fascinating Greek mythology-themed head-scratchers. This month, we’re at it again! Click here to solve April’s location puzzle to find out where Puzzled Pint will be held on Tuesday April 14th. About Face The theme this month is The A-Team. For the uninitiated, the A-Team was a smash hit 80’s action show about a group of special forces commandos who are framed for a crime, and they spend each episode on the lam, helping people in need even as they’re hunted by their own government. It’s the same structure shared by many late 70’s-early 80’s shows, including The Incredible Hulk and The Littlest Hobo, except that it replaced green monsters and German shepherds with explosions and Mr. T. To a T Ah, Mr. T. If you’re too young to have enjoyed the show, know only this: Mr. T is the one of the greatest human beings who ever lived. There were some great aspects of the A-Team that feel like they’re lost to time. The first is that it made a great “co-viewing” experience: parents were entertained by the plot, and kids liked it because all the boring talking parts were punctuated by things blowing up. And there was Mr. T. Who doesn’t love Mr. T? The other great thing about the show...
March Puzzled Pint Standings Are Live!

March Puzzled Pint Standings Are Live!

Hey, puzzle people! Before we post the March Puzzled Pint standings, it’s incumbent upon us to reiterate that Puzzled Pint is NOT a competition. It’s a free monthly event that’s open to everyone, regardless of skill level. There are no winners and no losers at Puzzled Pint. With that out of the way, here are the winners and losers from last month’s Puzzled Pint. 😉 your browser does not support iframes! You can see the other cities’ standings here on the Puzzled Pint website. March 2015 was the first-ever Puzzled Pint in Toronto! We set an attendance record for a first-time Puzzled Pint location, and we managed to not burn the place down our first time out! Icarus mileage in other cities varied: Door Prize Winner We’ve randomly drawn our door prize winner. Karen Montain is the lucky recipient of two vouchers to play Escape the Book Club Killer at LockQuest. Hooray! Thanks to everyone who entered. We’ll draw another door prize draw at our next event. April Puzzled Pint Rides Again on April 14th 2015, 7pm-10pm at [REDACTED]. Look for the location puzzle to be posted the weekend prior. We’ll announce it on the LockQuest and PuzzledPintTO Facebook and Twitter accounts, as well as by email. See you at the next event! DASH Toronto Needs Volunteers Speaking of puzzle firsts in Toronto, DASH (Different Area, Same Hunt) is like Puzzled Pint writ large: an Amazing Race-style puzzle rally spanning the entire city. DASH 7 is coming to Toronto this May for the first time ever, and the organizers are looking for volunteers. Visit their website at PlayDash.org for...