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Wild Cards
I was having coffee the other day with my numerologist friend, Athena Numerowski, and our chat turned to GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES. “This fall is their 43rd anniversary,” I said. “The first issue of Games, the parent magazine, was dated September 1977.
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Across, Down & Together
Adrienne Raphel’s recent book, Thinking Inside the Box, is a thoughtful look at crossword puzzles and the people who love them. Raphel, an awardwinning poet who earned a PhD in English from Harvard, is a crossword fan herself. We talked to her via em
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Cryptic Crossword 2
Anagrams: The answer appears in anagrammed form, preceded or followed by a word or phrase that suggests the mixing, as in Changing times for ITEMS. Deletions: Deletions come in three varieties: beheadments, curtailments, and internal deletions. The c
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Following Directions
1. Adam West 2. Great White North 3. North Star 4. South Pole 5. Southern Comfort 6. Spaghetti Western 7. North Korea 8. Middle East 9. South Park 10. Easter Bunny 11. Clint Eastwood 12. West End ■
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Code Crosswords
In the puzzles below, the numbers in the grid squares stand for letters of the alphabet; your task is to crack the code. Once you’ve figured out the letter that matches a certain number, place that letter in every square containing the same number an
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Mixed Reactions
Love it or hate it, social media is here to stay. In this contest, you are presented with a series of posts from our favorite social media platform, Fakebook (shown at right). Every comment shown, including the original post, garnered some number of
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Getaway Plan
It’s a crime what was done to this puzzle. A perpetrator absconded with 3 consecutive letters from each of 12 answers, leaving behind entries that are not valid words. Forensic analysis reveals the modus operandi to be 25-Across. And if we ever solve
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Plane And Simple
1 Pop to the surface: 2 wds. 6 Skipper’s post 10 Oodles: 2 wds. 14 Got out of bed 15 Pelvic bones 16 Office reminder 17 Wooer’s words, perhaps: 2 wds. 19 Actress ___ Rachel Wood 20 ___ kwon do 21 Not quite dry 22 Tennis star Stefan 24 Explanatory com
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Left And Right
There are two directions to this puzzle—left and right. Each answer has six-letters, and is to be entered in the grid one letter per square according to the numbers. Half the answers will read left to right, as in the example, COBWEB (1–2). Half will
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The 2020 Challenge
FROM JANUARY We ushered in 2020 with a short and sweet contest in the form of a math problem: There is only one sevendigit number that has both these qualities: First, its digits are in ascending order, in the sense that each digit after the first on
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Sun Blocks
If you solve this cryptic crossword successfully, you’ll surely find your place in the sun. Enter the five sets of Circular clue answers beginning in each appropriately numbered sun block and proceeding clockwise in the order that the clues are prese
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Kid Stuff
Solving this puzzle will have you going around in circles—two of them, to be exact. The clues around the outside of the circle define words to be entered clockwise as shown by the brackets. The clues on the inside define words that use the same lette
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Fishing Net
To solve these puzzles, draw horizontal and vertical lines along the grid provided so that the ends of each line intersect perpendicularly—in the form of a T—to the previously drawn lines. In other words, the solution can have no lines that cross eac
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Puzzle Adventure
EQQO PARALLEL STUDIO ANDROID: $3.50; SWITCH: $6 AGE RANGE: E10+ PLAY TIME: 4-5 HOURS PLAYERS: 1 Eqqo is a gentle puzzle-based narrative adventure that takes the time to let you fully inhabit its world. It’s a game about story and myth, but also about
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Some Assembly Required
Here’s a real piece of work for you: A 14×14 grid of letters has been chopped up into puzzle pieces, and it’s your job to reassemble it. Start by answering as many of the Pieces clues as you can, entering each answer in its corresponding piece below
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Food Processing
FROM THE GAMES LIBRARY Have you ever seen GUMDROPS? Of course you have-but probably not like this. In our version, shown in #1 below, a pack of GUM DROPS a bottle. The other food items here are similarly in action, busily performing for your culinary
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Helter-skelter
Helter-Skelter is a crossword variation in which the answers interlock in any of eight different directions. To solve, write the answer to each clue starting in its numbered square and proceed in a straight line toward—and if necessary, beyond—the ne
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Puzzle
HIGH RISE SMPL ANDROID/IOS: FREE AGE RANGE: 10+ PLAY TIME: UNLIMITED PLAYERS: 1 There are very few examples of perfect games for a medium, but Threes is certainly one of them for the mobile touchscreen. The designers resisted any opportunity to compl
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Family Reunions
Change each group of 10 words below into a “family” of different words (words or proper names that have something in common) by dropping one letter from each word and then rearranging the remaining letters. For example, given the entries HAUNT, HAIRD
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Quote Boxes
To solve Quote Boxes, drop the letters from each vertical column—not necessarily in the order in which they appear—into the empty squares below them to spell a quotation reading from left to right, line by line. Words may continue from one line to th
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One, Two, Three
Solve this puzzle as you would a regular crossword, except that each space may hold one, two, or three letters. The number of letters in a space is for you to determine, using logic and the crossing of words. The answer to 1-Across, P-RA-GUE, has bee
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ROLL & WRITE
SILVER & GOLD PANDASAURUS GAMES: $20 AGE RANGE: 8+ PLAY TIME: 20 MIN. PLAYERS: 2–4 How do you have a roll & write game without any rolling? Silver & Gold does it with cards in a brisk and accessible package with less math than your average roll & wri
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The World’s Most Ornery Crossword
The crossword on this and the next two pages has two independent sets of clues: “Hard” and “Easy.” First, fold this page back on the dashed line so the clues below face the solving grid on page 69. If you use only the Hard Clues (appearing below and
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Hashi
In this puzzle, you are given an arrangement of numbered islands. Your goal is to add bridges (lines) between islands so that the islands form a single connected group. When adding bridges, you must follow these rules: 1. The number on each island te
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Show Tunes
BY GAMES MAGAZINE ENTHUSIASTS If you spent the early part of 2020 binge-watching Netflix, you’ll likely have an advantage solving this puzzle series: every puzzle is inspired by the movies. The answers to the puzzles make up an incomplete group. Afte
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Strategy
JAWS RAVENSBURGER: $30 AGE RANGE: 12+ PLAY TIME: 60 MIN. PLAYERS: 2–4 Jaws is the rare movie game that manages to capture the structure and feel of the movie. Like the film, Jaws unfolds in two acts—one on the island and one on the Orca (Quint’s ship
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In Short Order
For each group of letters below, find a word that contains those letters in the order given. Some of these puzzles have more than one solution, but each puzzle has at least one solution that is a reasonably common word. 1. Betwixt 2. Trajectory 3. Go
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It’s In The D-livery
We have the puzzle. The solving D-pends on you! Each of the 72 words and phrases listed below contains the letter D. Fit them into the grid so that they intersect in standard crossword fashion. Use each word exactly once. We bet you’ll earn a D-cisiv
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Silver Screen
The answer at 10-Across in this mini-cryptic is obscured by a silver screen; you will have to solve around it to bring it into the light. The answer at 3-Down in the grid is an obsolete spelling. 1 Shuffle ace of hearts extracted from mafia grifter i
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Oh Hell
Some noteworthy businesses got their start in California garages, including Hewlett-Packard, Apple, and Mattel. Add to that list the board game company Cadaco, which began in a rented San Leandro, California, garage. In 1935, Donald Mazer recruited t
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