BOOKEEPING FOR APRIL 2012: April’s Word Play (5 April): Number 1: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. Number 2: West Indies (W in Ds, get it?). Number 3: At the Point of No Return. Number 4: Anyone for Tennis? Number 5: Forever and Ever. Number 6: Just Between You and Me April’s Jigsaw Wisdom! (17 April): “Laugh Loudly and Often” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Four Elopements, by Sam Loyd: (longish, continued in comments) It is told that four men eloped with their sweethearts, but in carrying out their plan were compelled to cross a stream in a boat which would hold but two persons at a time. In the middle of the stream, as shown in the sketch, there is a small island. It appears that the young men were so extremely jealous that not one of them would permit his prospective bride to remain at any time in the company of any other man or men…
MAR 11 Threatened Blimp Micah Challenge: In the pink and blue voice balloons above, we see two relatively famous quotes. Perhaps they are relics of your childhood. What? You don’t recognize them? That’s because the words in these quotes have been replaced with the words directly BEFORE them in the dictionary (at least, most dictionaries). Can you decode the ensuing nonsense?
MAY 2014: Looping Hexagon Path. Find a path from that travels from hexagon to hexagon, ends where it started, and never crosses itself. The path can only pass from one hexagon to another if they share a side, and the path many not make a "sharp" turn of 60 degrees. The numbers placed in some of the hexagons indicate the number of adjacent hexagons through with the path passes. The path cannot pass through a numbered hexagon.
NOV 2012: Nurikabe puzzles are Japanese number puzzles that grace Japan's daily newspapers with a similar following as Sudoku. To play, a grid is provided with numbers. The number represents the number of white spaces contiguous to the numbers. The rest of the spaces are filled with black to represent rivers. Think of it as being similar to MS Windows' MINEFIELD game. Follow this link for TWO Nurikabe Puzzles: http://misternizz.wordpress.com/2012/11/22/november-2012-nurikabe-puzzle…
Fill in the grid with consecutive numbers 1 to 96 so each number touches the next horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to form a single path. No Guessing is required, just logic. Numbers in blue squares are given.
APRIL 2013: Fill the grid with consecutive numbers 1 through 46 so each number touches the next horizontally, vertically, or diagonally to form a single path through the grid. No guessing, only logic. Blue Squared numbers are given, and the path from 1 to 8 is indicated with lines. If you get stuck, email me and I’ll tell you what numbers should be substituted for the stars on this grid. #Hidato #ThirdPointofSingularity
BOOKEEPING 22 NOV 12 NURIKABE: Answers to the November 22 2012 Nurikabe Puzzles 1 & 2. To see the graphic blown up a little, go here: http://misternizz.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/bookeeping-answers-to-nov-12-nurikabe-puzzle/
(May 2012): Observe this commonplace six letter word (“commonplace” if you haunt particularly literary bookshops, that is). USING ONLY THESE SIX LETTERS: Repeat the letters as many times as you like, to create a common six word expression! What expression did you create?
Normally it's a rare month that sees two of these things so I'm stretching it by adding a third. Oh well, life's funny that way. Here's a numeric bumpers puzzle, which is like a "Find a Path" puzzles we have posted before. The concept: Move from IN bumper to OUT bumper calculating as you go to get a high score. You may hit a bumper TWICE, but you may note trace OVER any part of your path. Your challenge is to break the current high score of 295. Can you do it?
APR 2012: A Collection of Word Play Graphic puzzles. Since you can only post one graphic at a time on Pinterest, please visit the original Wordpress post HERE: http://misternizz.wordpress.com/2012/04/05/its-the-april-fun-with-wordplay-contest-woo-hooo/ This is a collection of six wordplay pictograms. Essentially figure out the word or phrase from the pictures provided.
OCT 2011 Find-a-Path: Draw a SINGLE PATH from the GREEN DOT to the RED DOT, following grid lines, proceeding through EVERY GRID INTERSECTION and INCLUDES the THICK BLACK LINE. If you get stumped, ask me about the clues associated with the smaller, purple dots.