Ars Magna hosts The Anagrammy Awards,
a monthly anagram competition. This got me thinking that we could "rearrange" the big acronym thread from a few weeks ago so that the first word or phrase of a comment would be an anagram of the last word or phrase of the previous comment. Sort of like this.
posted by coudal
on Aug 22, 2003 -
The Elliot Avedon Museum and Archive of Games. Board games
from a thirteenth-century 'Book of Games', Inuit games
, card games
, row games
, ethnographical papers on games
A different kind of game at Streetplay
, and street games worldwide.
posted by plep
on Jul 16, 2003 -
4D rubiks Cube.
There's a small (416k) download, but then it's probably the hardest puzzle in the world. It should keep you busy for a few hours.
posted by Spoon
on Jun 9, 2003 -
Need a job? The winner of the Google Puzzle Contest
might recieve a prestigious spot in the Google engineering labs. So whip out all your old Martin Gardner books
and get practicing, because the competition is on May 1st (and registration closes today).
posted by kaibutsu
on May 29, 2003 -
Puzzle that makes you weep softly and twitch.
Cryptic crosswords are mostly unappreciated on US shores, but those who have learned to seek them out
have struck upon perhaps the best wordplay puzzles ever
. Instead of rewarding a solver's grasp of trivia, cryptics
are truly a battle of wits in which each clue is a riddle that plays by a few simple rules
. Part of the riddle is a straight definition of the final word; the rest is subtly disguised wordplay. It's hard to know just why these haven't caught on it may be that the most readily available ones, such as those in Harper's or The Atlantic
, are extra-tricky affairs that cater toward expert solvers. But online, there are plenty of puzzles suitable for those interested in giving cryptics a whirl, including this gem
, written for a 12-year-old audience.
posted by blueshammer
on Jan 27, 2003 -
It starts with Delaware...
Over at Google Answers, a Microsoft Games Studio employee has posted a most interesting puzzle to solve. Over the course of the last twenty months
a list of states has been gradually revealed by his boss, but under what criteria are they listed? He's giving $200.00 to the winner; just think of what
you could buy
. The fine folks at the Straight Dope
are already on the case. To the Googlemobile! [via Cardhouse
posted by thewittyname
on Aug 22, 2002 -
If you're a fan of Interactive Fiction then you'll certainly be familiar with Andrew Plotkin
the author of some of the best works in the genre, including Spider in Web
and So Far
. Only Macintosh users, however, will remember his phenomenol early-90s puzzle game, System's Twilight, "An Abstract Fairytale."
I recently played it again, and am astounded that such an early piece of work contains such a fully realized fantasy world (literally, it's abstract) and such goddamn
hard puzzles. Download it and experience some gaming history, and a damn good time.
posted by tweebiscuit
on Aug 2, 2001 -
Here's a gift for all
. Someone got a deceptively simple card game as a stocking stuffer. Three shapes. Three colors. Three shades. Three different numbers of objects. Put 3 things together that are completely similar or completely different, for all four variables. It's a card game that instantly sucked several of us in and felt like playing Tetris the first time. Go ahead and give it a try
(note, I've been playing this for a couple hours today and I could only find 4 of the 6 possible sets).
posted by mathowie
on Dec 25, 2000 -