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CONTENTS
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IN THIS ISSUE
The Years Best Games 34
And the winners are
Perspectives on Play 38
A survey about the state of
games and puzzles in 2016
The Game Collector 46
Meet Desi Scarpone and his
impressive trove of vintage games
PLUS...
Wild Cards 26
A potpourri of amusing little
puzzles for your solving pleasure
Sole Survivor 29
A challenging chess puzzle
What's Happening 33
Previews of upcoming events
Contest: What the Hex 44
Contest Results: 44
New Role-Playing Connections (from May)
Birdwatching 54
Try this challenge from Montague
Island Mysteries and Other Logic Puzzles
Your Word Against Mine: 64
Big Money and Madness
A report from the Scrabble
tournament scene

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COVER DESIGN | MEREDITH MORIARTY

PENCILWISE
500 Rummy
A Matter of Minutes
Ad Infinitum
Bar-Hopping
Battleships
Camouflage
Code Crosswords
Cruisin for a Bruisin
Cryptic Crossword 1
Cryptic Crossword 2
Culled Cash
Double Cross
Dszquphsbnt!
Family Reunions
Going to Pieces
Helter-Skelter
Ill B C-ing You
In the Middle
Kid Stuff
Matchboxes
Mixed Doubles
Mixed Doubles:
Shades of Meaning
One, Two, Three
Paint by Numbers
Pearl Rings
Pencil Pointers 1
Pencil Pointers 2
Pictograms
Pleasingly Plum
Quote Boxes
Shush!
Siamese Twins
Slitherlink
Snowflake
Solitaire Hangman
Squeeze Play
Worlds Most Ornery Crossword
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THE EDITOR
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s the final days of 2016 draw near and we celebrate the winter
holidays, were proud to bring you the year-end issue of GAMES
WORLD OF PUZZLES. This issue is packed with good stuff, much of
it focused on the years best in games and puzzles. Starting on page 34,
in what is becoming an annual tradition, youll find our longtime game
reviewer Thomas L. McDonalds picks for Game of the Year, both electronic
and traditional, along with winners and runners-up in four different
categories. If youre still on the hunt for holiday gifts, we think youll find
some ideas here.
We continue the theme with Perspectives on Play on page 38. Editor
Raymond Simon surveyed a select group of men and women ranging
from parents who create games to elite crossword solvers and beyond,
asking them questions about the state of games and puzzles in 2016. Each
respondent has something unique to offer. Be sure to check out their
answersyoull gain some insight into their areas of expertise and, maybe,
get some cool gift ideas, too.
Fans of This Old Game, Jonathan Schmalzbachs monthly column
featuring a different board game from the past, will want to check out
his article on page 46. The Game Collector is a profile of Desi Scarpone,
who has amassed more than 7,000 vintage board games. Best of all, some
are for sale! If youre a board game enthusiast of a certain age, some of
these titles will lead you down memory lane.
And thats not all. On page 64, youll find Scott Appels column
Your Word Against Mine, in which he gives a detailed account of his
experiences competing in two high-level Scrabble tournaments. Casual
players, or those considering playing competitively, will find this a very
interesting read.
Finally, in our Pencilwise section, weve got a treat for logic puzzle
fans. Birdwatching is excerpted from the new book Montague Island
Mysteries and Other Logic Puzzles, by none other than former GAMES
editor R. Wayne Schmittberger. The book will be released on November 1
and is available at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.com.
We hope you enjoy this issue. See you in the New Year!

Jennifer Orehowsky
Senior Editor

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Editor in Chief Janis Weiner
Senior Editor Jennifer Orehowsky
Editor Raymond Simon
Contributing Editors Scott Appel,
Thomas L. McDonald
Supporting Players Joel Nanni, Karen Powell
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MIXED DOUBLES

BY MIKE NOTHNAGEL

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Each answer word in this crossword variation has two clues leading to it, using different meanings of the word. The clues are
separated into Across and Down, but are otherwise ordered randomly.
When you find two Across clues or two Down clues that seem to have the same answer, add up their clue numbers to
determine the place in the grid where the answer should be entered. For example, if the clue for 1-Across were Metallic
element and the clue for 17-Across read Starring role, the answer would be lead, which would go in the box labeled
18 (1 + 17). Note: Tags such as Hyph. and 2 wds. have been omitted.
ANSWER, PAGE 70
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Start (laughing) suddenly
Roosters head ornaments
Main drag in Vegas, with the
Escape from the clink
Popular flea and tick medication
Long, thin piece of paper
Prevents from moving on to the
next grade
Longtime PBS documentary series
Military installation
Loser at Waterloo
Drummer replaced by Starr
Shows restraint
Gleasons costar on
The Honeymooners
Unsurpassed
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Barbers supply
Open areas of grassland
Pastry also called mille-feuille
Calculus calculation
First, second, or third, at a
baseball stadium

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1 Comment from an
exasperated person
2 Chefs protection
3 Compels
4 Messes around on a musical
instrument
5 Promotes to the majors,
in baseball
6 Punctuation marks often made
with the fingers

7 Secretariat, for one


8 Section of a bicycle race
9 Parts of boxing rings
outside the ropes
10 Pipe bends
11 Gravity et al.
12 Contacts by phone
13 Nudges rudely
14 Contractors estimates
15 Youre correct!
16 Thespians milieu
17 Pasta, essentially
18 Second go-around
on Broadway
19 High-energy religious
gathering
20 Shot-matching
basketball game

december 2016 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES

CAMOUFLAGE

FROM THE GAMES LIBRARY

Place each of the 26 letters of the alphabet once in the grid below to form a common word of five or more letters reading
across in each line. Not all the letters in each line will be used; its up to you to determine which ones are needed. Some letters
may fit in more than one of the empty squares to form familiar words; however, only one arrangement of all the letters of the
alphabet will complete a word in each row. Hyphenated words, proper nouns, and plurals are not used.
ANSWER, PAGE 70

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PENCIL POINTERS 1

BY FRANK LONGO

In this crossword puzzle, the clues appear in the grid itself. Enter the answers in the direction of the pointers.
ANSWER, PAGE 70

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trucks
in folks' Actressand such caps
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Longoria

Old
France

Online
sales

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crawlers

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december 2016 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES

MATCHBOXES

BY DON HENDERSON

Heres your big chance to play with matches. Enter the name of a treePINE or PERSIMMON, for examplein each row of
boxes, so that the boxes with connecting lines have matching letters. Weve shown a few Es to start you off. ANSWER, PAGE 70

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GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

PLEASINGLY PLUM

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50 Part of LAPD
52 Spielberg film with
Whoopi and Oprah:
3 wds.
60 Slangy assent
61 Epic work by Homer
62 Frees (of)
64 Hoopster Archibald
65 Hint of pigment
66 Villain in Othello
67 Greek letters
68 Oxen hookups
69 Earl ___ tea

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Do a bouncers job
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58 Fibber
59 Advantage
63 What tofu
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34 Sat for a
photographer
36 Word after
pop or op
38 Grecian vessel
40 Manliness
41 Onetime royal
house of England
46 Former amateur
47 Gives the slip to
49 Is sore
51 Bit of holly

22 Balloon contents
25 With 7-Down, swim
with a tank: Hyph.
26 Poes middle name
27 I Can ___ for You
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29 All kidding ___...
30 Puts in the fridge
31 Stories from the
Brothers Grimm
32 Ratify, as a bill
33 Fashion

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ACROSS
1 Close an envelope
5 Walks through
knee-deep water
10 Recedes, as the tide
14 ___ Mad, Mad,
Mad, Mad World:
2 wds.
15 Breathing
16 Convicted felons
home
17 Two matching socks
18 ___ Little Bit
(Supertramp): 2 wds.
19 R&B singer James
20 Undies drawer
scent source: 2 wds.
23 Woodsmans tool
24 Smash on Broadway
25 Droop
28 Farm vehicle
32 Clairvoyants power
35 Opposite of opaque
37 Fly like an eagle
38 Do ___ others...
39 Sunblock blocks
them: 2 wds.
42 Night crawler or
minnow, to a
fisherman
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44 Fester or Remus
45 Hill-building insect
46 Used a steam iron
48 2016 election
dropout Cruz
49 Christina
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BY ELIZABETH GORSKI

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BY O.J. ROBERTSON

Can you supply the right three letters to place between each pair of three-letter words below to make a new nine-letter word?
For example, in #1 you can put LEW between the words TAB and ARE to make TABLEWARE.
ANSWERS, PAGE 70
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december 2016 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES

KID STUFF: SNOW JOB


This snowman cant pull himself together. Can you match his left with his correct right half and make him whole again?
ANSWER, PAGE 70

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All 12 words below begin with the letters FOR. To complete each word, place one letter in each blank. How many of the
words can you identify?
ANSWERS, PAGE 70

1. Eating utensil

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2. ___ Ticonderoga

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3. Air ___ (partner of Army and Navy)

R ___ ___

4. Bambis home

R ___ ___ ___

5. Couldnt remember

R ___ ___ ___

6. Like prom dresses and tuxedos

R ___ ___ ___

7. Phony signature

R ___ ___ ___ ___

8. Scientists secret recipe

R ___ ___ ___ ___

9. Give up, as a prize

R ___ ___ ___ ___

10. Chinese cookie filler

R ___ ___ ___ ___

11. Tennis stroke

R ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

12. Not allowed

R ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___

GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

ANIMALS, ANIMALS EVERYWHERE

BY MARY ANN RAY

In this puzzle, your job is to place each of the 26 letters of the alphabet once in the grid below to form the name
of a mammal with five or more letters reading across in each line. Not all the letters in each line will be used; its
up to you to figure out which ones are needed. When youre finished, the name of one more mammal will be
spelled out in the middle column of letters. Can you find it?
ANSWER, PAGE 70

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PICTOGRAMS f9

FROM THE GAMES LIBRARY

Remember when a picture was said to be worth a thousand words? That number seems to be steadily shrinking: Each of the
dozen drawings below illustrates a two-word phrase that can be read together as one single word. For example, an elevated
train on fire could be seen as a HOT ELor, as a single word, HOTEL. See how many you can figure out, and remember: A
word to the wise is sufficient.
ANSWERS, PAGE 70
PUZZLE BY BOB LYNCH/ILLUSTRATIONS BY STEVE MELLOR

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QUOTE BOXES ?9

BY JENNIFER OREHOWSKY

To solve Quote Boxes, drop the letters from each vertical columnnot necessarily in the order in which they appearinto the
empty squares below them to spell a quotation reading from left to right, line by line. Words may continue from one line to
the next; black squares indicate ends of words. The author of each quote is given above its grid.
ANSWERS, PAGE 70

1. Ezra Pound
M
M
G
W

P
R
I
O

L
E
T
S

A T M E I
H
L O A
Y
P A S
T
L N

G
T
S
N

I
I
U
E

B
R
A
N

A T U O E G H E E U T
L E T D E A I S E S I
G E
R H T R E
D
G
C
R G
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2. Maya Angelou
S
G
T
I
T

T S A I T E A T A P N O P
H E T H G H B R T I L T O
T R O N D H T T I O E I H
H
A I D
A
S
T A
E
I
S
D

N
L
E
E

E H E O A
S R T H E
W
G A R
D
I E R
H T E

O I
S U
R
T

3. Sinclair Lewis
B
S
C
S
A
G

O
T
L
A
D

E
V
P
O
U

D
E
W
S
A

A
E
R
S
E
R

C
T
T
Y

A
I
O
I
I

O
T
N
R
C
S

U
E
O
F
I

L
N
I
M

S
S
G
W
A
I

C
E
R
O

I
R
L
T
L

S
L
F
H
T
Y

E
I
H
A

I
L
C
N
A

F
E
C
T
G

H
V
S
O

E
G
T
R
A
S

L
H
A
O

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U
P
O
B

D
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GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

SLITHERLINK

BY CONCEPTIS LTD.
www.conceptispuzzles.com

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Your goal in this puzzle is to fence off a part of the grid with a closed circuit. Just draw a line from dot
to dot (horizontally or verticallynever diagonally), continuing until you return to your starting dot. Each
digit indicates the number of fence segments you must draw along the sides of that numbered square.
The example at right shows a solved puzzle.
ANSWERS, PAGE 71

PUZZLE 1

1
3
3
2

3
1 2

3
2 2 1
3
3 2
3 2 3 1
3

2
3

1
2

3 1 1
2
3 1
3
1
3
1
2
3 1 3
3
3
2
3
3
2
3
2
0
3
2
1
0
0
3
3
3
3
3
3
2 3 1
2
1
2
2
1
2
2 3 2
2
3
1
2
2 3 2
1
2

1
1
3
3
3 2

2 3

1
2
2
3
1

PUZZLE 3

3 1
0
2
2
3
; 0 Kitl

0
1 2

1
0
1
1

2 3

0
3

3 3

1 0
3
1

PUZZLE 2

3 3 1 2
1 2
2
1 1 2
3
3 1

2 2

2
1
1
2
2

2 2
2
1
3
0 2
PUZZLE 4

0
1
1

3 2 1 2 3
2
3
3
3
1
2
3
1
0 0 2
1
3
3
1
2
0
0
3
2
0
3
2 2
1
3
0
1
1
2
3 3 2
3
2
1
2
0

0
2 2 3
3
2

2
1 3
2
3

3
1
2 3 3
3
3
3
1 3 2 2

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ILL B C-ING YOU

BY RAYMOND YOUNG

Each of the words and phrases listed below contains a B or a C. Enter them into the grid so that they interlock in standard
crossword fashion. When the puzzle is solved correctly, each word will have been used exactly once. C if you can B
successful in solving this crisscross!
STARTING HINT, PAGE 79
ANSWER, PAGE 71
6 LETTERS
ABRUPT

CYMBAL

HECK NO

LOCK ON

ARABIC

EMBRYO

HONCHO

PROZAC

ATHROB

EXCUSE

KNOBBY

RIBERA

BAILEE

FABRIC

KOPECK

SO NICE

BYLINE

FLAMBE

LAMBDA

STRICT

CAVIAR

GARCON

LOCALE

ZAGREB

ARCADIA

CB RADIO

ILL BE OK

OKAY BRO

7 LETTERS
BAD JOKE

CRAYOLA

KIBBITZ

ROSE CUT

BAKLAVA

EMBOSOM

LAY BARE

SUNBELT

BONSOIR

E-TICKET

LP ALBUM

TRAMCAR

BRAWLER

FAN BASE

LULLABY

WASHTUB

CARIBOU

ICED TEA

OCTOBER

WEDLOCK

8 LETTERS

14

ALFRESCO

COUNT OFF

KEEBLERS

PACHINKO

BABY LOVE

DANNY BOY

MR. COOPER

PLECTRUM

BROMANCE

JERK BEEF

MS. PAC-MAN

SPICY BBQ

GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

SHUSH!

BY RAYMOND YOUNG

Solve this puzzle, but solve it quietly! The words and phrases listed belowall of which contain an SH are hidden in the closed
lips reading vertically, horizontally, and diagonally (always in a straight line). When youve found all the words, the remaining
letters, read left to right and top to bottomwill spell a possible new invention to help you enjoy the silence. ANSWER, PAGE 71

SH O
O SH A
E E T SH
R Y SH
P M E
SH O R
E B

A
N

K SH T
W C A
M C A
SH L U
W Y SH
U R E

N W
S E SH O
D SH I SH
H S I E
I W R N

E O SH
T T E R M O A
I U SH E B SH U
T E E SH D E B P
SH T R T Y

Y SH N U
W D O W N
N A U H R
I SH SH I A
S M T R B

M G I
U SH L
S B S
E E SH
E

B K SH
N I K D
L T I N
P SH L E
SH A O P I L V
T A L U F SH A
I A M F D O SH
T N U O C T
O SH G N

R
V
T
B

KILL SHOT
SHOWCASE SHOWDOWN

ASHANTI
KOSHER

SHRANK

ASHCAN
MRS. DASH

SHREWISH

BASHFUL
SMASHER

SHROUD

BEDSHEET
SHAVEN

SHUFFLER

BRITISH SPY
SHE-BOP

SHUTEYE

BUSHWHACK
SHERYL

SLIM SHADY

COUNT SHEEP
SHIM SHAM

SWOOSH

DISHPLATE
SHINGLING

USHERED

ESTABLISH
SHIP AHOY

WISHY-WASHY

GUN-SHY
SHORT-TERM

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SOLITAIRE HANGMAN
As in the two-player version of Hangman, the object of this solitaire challenge is to guess a word before being hanged.
To begin, choose any letter that you think might appear in word I below. Suppose you pick E. Go to the Letter Chart on
the facing page and find the number listed in row E of Column I (because you are working on word I). The number is
54; you now look in box number 54 in the Position Chart (to the right of the Letter Chart) and locate the number 6.
This means the letter E occurs in the sixth position (and nowhere else) in word I. If a letter occurs more than once in a
word, the Position Chart will show all its locations.
If you find from the Position Chart that a letter appears in position 0, then that letter does not appear in the word.
As a penalty for an incorrect guess, you must draw part of a stick figure below the scaffold beside the blanks. On your
first incorrect guess, draw the head; on the second, the body; and on the next four, the arms and legs. If
you complete the figure (that is, make six incorrect guesses) before identifying the word, you are
hanged.
If you can identify 8 of the 12 words before being hanged, either youre psychic or you have a
remarkable gift for words.
ANSWERS, PAGE 71
Words To Be Guessed

Letters Missed

I.
1

10

10

10

II.
1

III.
IV.
V.
1

VI.
1

VII.
1

VIII.
1

IX.
X.
XI.
1

XII.
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GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

BY JENNIFER OREHOWSKY

Letter Chart
V VI VII VIII IX

Position Chart

II

III

IV

26 85

59 86

91 88 56 10 43 14 20 14

13 53 32 14 52

54 92 44

83 93

83 64 41 35 93 47 71 93 64

44 10 74 15 88 100 10 48 31 87 41

18 44 25 57 36 28 32 88 97 44

16

32 43 33 70 45 34 11 18 91 41 66 93

18 83 61 11 88 71

93 30 91 52

91 94 94

32 88 83 32 39

10 86 65

17 91 26 51 75 50 30 85

88 64 91 58 56 93 16 44 18

72 27

22 89 93 86 93 61 85 83 52 31 37 37

69

52 71 11 98 57 91 72 37

57 72

57 76

55 36 49 63

38

32 16 87

XI XII

23 62 53 24 96 80

53 44

94 14 94 54 61

2 100 41

27 83 94

41 95 84 68 32 54 56

21

53 16 60 53

55 77 85 73 43

20 100 P
1

37 87 52 67 19 57 71

46 42 37 55 44 85 54 100 20 64 90 36

37 95 55 64 96 12 43 36 43 97 71 66

41 81 19 100 94 52

10 99 40 29 82

16 100 14 53 79

57 61 16 11 43 53

W 19 41 39 56 19 55 19 71 56 10 14 41

61

20 71 43 78 83 72

11 72
I

II

20 36 56
5

18 85 72 18 64 53 85
2

19 11

64 36 16 55

20

10 37 76 61 18 88

III

IV

VI VII VIII IX

1
4
6
0
11
0
16
0
21
8
26
2
31
7
36
0
41
0
46
5
51
5,6
56
0
61
0
66
7
71
0
76
3
81
2,5
86
6
91
0
96
5

2
3
0
7
7
8
0
0
12 13
3
10
17 18
7
0
22 23
1,3,9 1
27 28
3 1,5,6
32 33
0 3,6,8
37 38
3,4
0
42 43
1
0
47 48
1
1
52 53
0
0
57 58
0
2
62 63
2
8
67 68
4,7
3
72 73
0
2,8
77 78
5
9
82 83
2,5
0
87 88
4
0
92 93
7
0
97 98
8
1

4
5
9
8
14
0
19
0
24
9
29
4,9
34
2,7
39
1
44
0
49
4
54
6
59
3,7
64
0
69
4,8
74
7,9
79
3
84
5
89
8
94
0
99
2,6

5
0
10
0
15
4
20
0
25
2
30
1
35
3
40
2
45
2
50
10
55
0
60
4
65
5
70
1,5
75
4
80
6
85
0
90
10
95
9
100
0

XI XII

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PENCIL POINTERS 2

BY COREY KOSAK

In this crossword puzzle, the clues appear in the grid itself. Enter the answers in the direction of the pointers.
ANSWER, PAGE 71

Mom
and dad
who
hover

Key
Overlay __ seen Course
Ready if
elements of an ID worse
taken
needed
card, say
after trig

E.M.
Forster
novel

City near
Monterey
Park

PLO
part:
Abbr.
__-mell

Yuletide Soon
enough
song
Unedited Finales

To be, in
Latin
Labs, e.g.

L
Full-size
van from
GMC
Refines,
as ore
Maui gift

Toypackage
spans

Drawer
for
money

River
through
Pisa

Million
or billion
follower

Kind of
cattle or
beetle

Director
Pier __
Pasolini

L
Tilting
type:
Abbr.

Suffix
with lion
or priest

Stranded
cell stuff

Great
anger

At any
time

Where
Sargon II
ruled

Quayle
and
Marino

Small
memory
units

Thing on
a
checklist

Actor
Cage, to
pals

Nick of I
Love
Trouble

Sick
Kitchy
__!

Writer
Capote,
to pals

Reserve
for a
purpose

18

Coup
d__

Cubes in
a freezer

Actor
Morrow
Droids
Motor
oil
additive

Jurassic
Park
sequel

Spanish
a

Actress
Out in
Christine front

GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

Dustin
Hoffman
comedy
Gift

BodyCommon Flighty
building antibiotic type
title

Sales
agent,
for short
Have
debts

Make a
knot in

Ending
for
Tokyo

Total
disaster,
slangily

Total
lout
Senator
Harry
__-Latin

Spring
ahead
hrs.

Prawns
are large
ones
Strikes
from the
page

Media
on
which to
burn data

Many
ravegoers

Guys
Neros
2,001

2007
Stamps
Sean
for
Penn film charity

Great
review

Land in
the sea,
to Henri

Boozing
type

Before
written
records

Great
delight

China
services
Major
rte.

Necklace Actor
pendant Paul
Made
flat

One of
Band
six on an tour
insect
follower

Actress
Kristen
Ogles

Beast
such as
T. rex

Tiny
med
amount
Debt slip

Jockeys
and
cowboys

L
U-turn
from SSE
LAX info

Actor
Abbr.
Lugosi
for the
Blue Jays Misery

~y~

SNOWFLAKE

BY MIKE SHENK

When completed, the grid below will be filled with 42 interlacing words. Six words, all seven letters in length, surround each
of the numbered regions of the grid; each of these words reads in a straight line of seven hexagonal spaces running tangent
to one of the sides of the numbered region, though its up to you to determine their exact placement and orientation. Answers
to the first two clues (LEOPARD and SPIN-OUT) have been filled in to get you started.
ANSWER, PAGE 71

1
2

N E
O
P U
A
T

4
6

5
7

REGION 1
1 Its spotted in
Africa
2 Indy racers worry
on a turn: Hyph.
3 Scallops, clams,
oysters, lobster,
etc.
4 Droopy-eared dog
5 Cornered
6 Did a heavy-footed
jazz dance
REGION 2
1 More impoverished
2 Carters vice
president

3 Chocolate-iced
bakery treats
4 Sleep-inducing
fellow
5 Club
constituents
6 Common
desk accessory
REGION 3
1 Edgar
and Candice
2 Popular mens
hat brand
3 Char, perhaps
4 What topographical
maps show

5 Boris Godunov
author
6 Roll call response
REGION 4
1 Sites of some cells
2 Quartet from
Liverpool
3 Promising
young actress
4 Highwaymen
5 Baseball league
championship
6 Vivaldi quartet?
REGION 5
1 Sicilys capital

2 Printed matter in
excess of the space
allotted for it
3 Yelled, Go
team, go!
4 Lowly farmer
5 Puddinglike
dessert
6 Stupid person
REGION 6
1 Insurance
payment
2 Charles Schulzs
comic strip
3 Guinea
pigs cousins

4 Actors Short
and Sheen
5 Taking a break
6 Mates of
strutting birds
REGION 7
1 Hans Brinker
setting
2 Salad
dressing
choice
3 Saved
4 Less blue
5 Squabble
6 Relief pitchers
warmup spot

december 2016 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES

19

DSZQUPHSBNT! f9

BY SHAWN KENNEDY

Below are seven messagespithy sayings, fascinating facts, and a cartoon gagthat have been translated into simple cipher
alphabets. Letter substitutions remain constant throughout any one cipher, but change from one cipher to the next; the level
of difficulty increases as you progress. An asterisk (*) indicates a proper noun or title. Clues are given at the bottom of the
page to provide assistance if you need it.
ANSWERS, PAGE 72
4. LITTLE HELP

1. CRYPTOON

T K O T C J T K K F P J T L O F T R T L J Q V J J Q T LT V C N P

BHXUJQBHYQWZS,

LWJW

CYRW

DUKHD

QU

QCKHO

FJ JVZTC CN KNPW JN AHFKM WFUJC FC

QU
AT X V H C T J Q T J N D U V X J N L D F C V K R V D C

IQUV

IWWKHD

WRWJS

QKGW

W YA C
K

UQCWJ.

ZUUO

YQ

CQNLJ-CJVUUTM.

S U B J X YAW K I Q Y J Q Q U G W Z Q .
5. SNOWPLACE LIKE HOME
HJD WAGPPBW CDALZO *QJBHD
*WJNBPHCGP QGP QNBHHDV TO HXVDPCBHJ
*BNUBVI *TDNABV QJBAD JD QGP NDAGKBVI
MLLAPBZD BV HJD *MJLDVBK ZDPDNH.

6. HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED


2. HIGH HOLIDAY

L Z H A J S H L Z L H WA - W N K N TAWA K L U X G M D AW

P X B X D A Q D D K H U Q E L LT X N R F X Q C K Q E D

X G M C T H J L C Z G U , C L A N D C A K T N TAWA K L

* W T D R N LV H N L D X X . R P LT X X K X N Q C

V N D A K R N X . J A R C R A D H PA X C A K L A K VA G J

W T R O G D X P, L T X K H D X H O O L T R D L K C X X L

L S A D PA W G K L Z C .

LHOO.

*OHDDK *AROGX
7. THATS A WRAP

3. RED IN THE FACE

CMOVCLOO OWHBBLXO OAXJZQCL

QMWYUMMQ ZLIIK BLQ TEXYDWYD ZMXUMQ

I X D L S V C F, N M O M V M S D A H I S V L X O ,

LB VLQZU-BXHLOP PZMWDE FMXH, PL

BIXOIMSD OIMVJQCL BXLOLSVO.

* P X Y F X E L Z U P P A M T W X Z M Z M T F W LY .

ICVMZJVL JZQMVMHS: QLAHZMSD

*QOULZAE VWYP WF IK X YLPM.

CMOVCLOO.

TIPS AND CLUES


comma, meaning it is likely to be a conjunction. SO and
OR are common two-letter conjunctions; try the former.
Cipher 4: Look for a four-letter word that often appears
in cryptograms and whose letter pattern makes it easy
to recognize.
Cipher 5: S and T are the most popular consonants in

this puzzle, appearing 9 times each. Can you spot them?


Cipher 6: Ciphertext CAKLAKVA represents the only
common word with that letter pattern. Heres some
help: K = N.
Cipher 7: Vowels, A, E, I, O, and U are represented by
I, J, M, H, and L, in some order.

GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

Cipher 1: Ciphertext QU, which appears on either end


of QU CYRW QU, is likely to represent AS or TO. Try the
latter.
Cipher 2: Proper noun WTDRNLVHN should give you
a good starting point. Bonus hint: K = Y.
Cipher 3: Two-letter word PL appears directly after a

20

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1

BY PATRICK JORDAN
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16
17
18
21
22
23
25
27
29
30
32
35
37
38
43
44
45
46
48
50
54

ACROSS
Finish at the track?
Native Israeli
Its a long story
Nevermore speaker
Felt unwell
Walk heavily
Start of a quip: 5 wds.
Richard of Arbitrage
Eleanor Roosevelt,
to Teddy
Lace hole
Got mushy at a wedding
Fast-food pioneer Ray
The Sweetest
Taboo crooner
In the past
1972 Olympian Korbut
Alias-indicating abbr.
Sault ___ Marie
More of the quip:
2 wds.
Tinseltown tattler Barrett
Aired again
Ruby or Sandra
Bankroll
Convent school students
Omegas counterpart
Famous foster
mother Farrow

56 Actresses Laine and


Kretschmer
58 The L in S&L
59 More of the quip:
4 wds.
63 Extremely simple
card game
64 Letter before
upsilon
65 Sail high
66 Guerrilla Guevara
67 Draft picks?
69 Meat-veggie mix
72 Computer memory unit
74 Reversible
tablecloth fabric
76 Paroxysm
79 Obi-Wans portrayer
82 End of the quip:
4 wds.
85 Casablanca character
86 Condo for a condor
87 Present ones views
88 Mr. Chomsky
89 Close of Damages
90 Carvey and Andrews
DOWN
1 Stuck-up sort
2 Enjoy for dinner

3 Like a watch with


a sprung spring
4 Giggle sound
5 Three Dog Night hit
6 Calcutta getup
7 Military assistant
8 Its surrounded by streets
9 Send to a specialist,
perhaps
10 Dentifrice-approval gp.
11 Nimble
12 Natural emollients
13 Hungarian dish
14 Enhanced: 2 wds.
19 Part of a deers headgear
20 Ate like a bird
24 Placekickers gadget
26 Belly or boiler beginner
28 Feedbag morsel
30 Orchard unit
31 Thug
33 Oldest Brady brother
34 Stanleys stomping
grounds
36 Field of interest
39 Supermodel Campbell
40 Viscounts superiors
41 Coves
42 ___ never!: 2 wds.
47 Sag

81
ANSWER, PAGE 72

21

49
51
52
53
55
57
59
60
61
62
63
68
70
71
73
75
77
78
80
81
83
84

London district
China
Diced meat dish
In some games,
its a penny
Where Nome is
His motto is
Can do!
He recaptured Jerusalem
from the Crusaders
Vibrato from a violin
Ginger and Mary Ann
shared one
Fish feast
Pinch of chaw
Chip dip
Mrs. Mertz
One of a reporters
Ws
Buccaneers burg
Bridge
accomplishment
Bit attachment
Bakery appliance
Ms. St. Vincent
Millay
Average grades
Joplin creation
Pistol, in
underworld slang

december 2016 | GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES

21

MIXED DOUBLES:
SHADES OF MEANING

BY MIKE NOTHNAGEL

This puzzle is solved like a standard Mixed Doubles in that each answer word has two clues leading to it, using different
meanings of the word. The clues are separated into Across and Down, but are otherwise ordered randomly.
When you find two Across or two Down clues that seem to have the same answer, add up their clue numbers to determine
the place in the grid at which the answer should be entered. For example, if the clue for 1-Across were Metallic element
and the clue for 17-Across read Starring role, the answer would be LEAD, which would go in 18-Across (1 + 17). Tags such
as Hyph. and 2 wds. have been omitted.
In this puzzle, there is an added twist: The Across and Down clue lists each contain one extra clue. If you rearrange the letters
in the shaded spaces of the grid, you will discover a word that is suggested by both of the extra clues.
ANSWER, PAGE 72
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34

24

31

40

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ACROSS
Blink of an eye
Person in a doctors office
Phylum divisions
Haha! Just kidding!
Exceptional
Wrench type
Aftereffect of throwing a
pebble into a puddle
8 Tosses a player from a game
9 Items on a college
students schedule
10 Pops out of a plane
11 Jared Letos Suicide Squad role
12 Item not on the regular menu
13 Content to wait
14 Overworked and exhausted
15 Like a lightless bulb
16 In an equally good manner
17 Backup member of a team
1
2
3
4
5
6
7

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18 Quick to prepare, as oatmeal


or coffee
19 Longtime Password host
Ludden
20 Wild card, often
21 Ice cream type with a band
of flavor mixed in
22 USA series starring James
Roday and Dul Hill
23 And
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8

DOWN
Come in second in the Derby
Fish features
Get on a boat or a plane
Not on one side or the other
Set afire
Expanses of crops
Scented sticks
Ways through

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9 Go back and forth between


two things
10 Path for runners on a
diamond
11 What divers dive from
12 Totally enrage
13 Abandon
14 Actress Kim of The Facts
of Life
15 Libras symbol
16 Readings
17 Bygone Oldsmobile model
18 Its between reverse
and drive
19 Original amount
20 Set down gently
21 Mojave, for one
22 Stir up, as a
controversy
23 Short sword

BATTLESHIPS

BY CONCEPTIS LTD.

WWW.CONCEPTISPUZZLES.COM

The six puzzles on this page are solitaire versions of the classic paper-and-pencil game of Battleships. Each grid represents
a section of ocean in which a fleet is hiding. This fleet consists of one battleship (four grid cells in length), two cruisers
(three cells each), three destroyers (two cells each), and four submarines (one cell each). The ships may be oriented either
horizontally or vertically, and no two ships can occupy adjacent grid cells, not even diagonally. The digits along the grids
perimeter indicate the number of cells in the corresponding rows and columns that are occupied by vessels.
Youll notice that some shots have been taken to start you off. These may show water (indicated by wavy lines),
a complete sub (a circle), the bow or stern of a ship (a rounded-off square), or a midsection of a battleship or cruiser (a
square). The puzzles get harder as you go. Can you reach the rank of admiral by locating all six fleets? ANSWERS, PAGE 72
Water

End of ship (will continue in the direction of the flat side)

Submarine

Middle of a ship (will continue either left and right or up and down)

1SEAMAN

2PETTY OFFICER

3ENSIGN

Battleship

Battleship

Battleship

Cruisers

Cruisers

Cruisers

Destroyers

Destroyers

Destroyers

Submarines

Submarines

Submarines

4CAPTAIN

5COMMODORE

6ADMIRAL

1
6

1
2

Battleship

Battleship

Battleship

Cruisers

Cruisers

Cruisers

Destroyers

Destroyers

Destroyers

Submarines

Submarines

Submarines

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23

A MATTER

OF

MINUTES

The missing words in this story will solve the puzzle, and vice versasolving the puzzle will decipher the story. (A = Across;
D = Down)
ANSWER, PAGE 72

was too excited to remain late in


bed last Wednesday morning. The
previous days mail had brought
me a whole batch of one-49A stamps
from a friend stationed near Milan
his return address was an 50D (abbr.)
number in Tampa, 48A (abbr.)and I
had risen early, eager to begin pasting
them in my album.
So I was understandably annoyed
when Alex Knight phoned me and
said he needed my help at once. Still,
when the great detective sends out
an 36D, theres always a good reason
for it. I reluctantly closed the album
and 45D uphill the seven blocks to his
apartment.
I discovered him squinting at his
fried eggs through the 73A of his
magnifying glass. I shall have to
instruct Georgina once more on the
41A and donts of what the Romans
called 35D fricta, he sighed. And
this melon isnt 3D at all. He sprinkled oregano and 8D on his eggs and
began to eat.
So whats going on? I asked, as
I 70A on the mantlepiece. Why is
Lieutenant Igglesby here?
Dont be obtuse. Its the Mankos
case, said Alex, pouring me a cup
of undrinkably strong 29A. Surely
youve heard about it?
I read the 39A (abbr.) report in the
morning paper, I replied. Joshua
Mankos, the music critic, was murdered late last night.
Mankos was writing in bed when
someone came in and shot him five
times, said Lieutenant Igglesby. He
stumbled out of bed just before he
died. There was more 1A than in a
low-budget horror movie.
Im all 64A, said Alex eagerly.
Describe the scene of the crime to
me.
Its a large bedroom, said Igglesby, and looks even larger because of
the 21A that covers the entire south
wall from floor to ceiling. The bed is
against the north wall. On the left of
the bed is a 57A; on the right stood
a 32D. The woman next door saw the
scene just moments after the shooting. Perhaps youd like to come to the
station and have a 14D--14D with

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her yourself.
Fifteen minutes later we were
listening to Millicent Featherdown
describe the events of the previous
night. It was a clear, 9D night, she
began. I was watching 72A (2 wds.)
reruns on the television when suddenly I heard shots from next door. I
ran over at once to 24D if Mr. Mankos
was all right. The door was locked,
but the bedroom curtains werent
quite 9A. I looked through the 57A
and there was Mr. Mankos lying on
the floor next to the bed. He was 74A,
and all the blood everywhere made
me feel 22D. I couldnt 52A a sound.
I was so horrified that I 46A fainted.
Mrs. Featherdown wiped away a 38D.
He had 54A the 32D next to the bed,
and everything on it had tumbled to
the floor.
What was on the floor? asked
Alex.
I remember a clock, and a picture
in an 2D frame. I only got a quick
glimpse of the room, because at 37A
moment someonethe killer, no
doubtcame up behind me and hit
me on the head, knocking me out.I
dont remember anything else until
the police found me lying in the 56D.
Do you know what time you were
knocked out? asked Alex.
It was 4D 29D exactly. I know because of the clock on the floor.
After Igglesby had taken Mrs.
Featherdown into the next room,
we talked.
What kind of 13A 1D in ones 56A
(abbr.) makes one capable of such a
grisly crime? I said.
More likely its cash, not chromosomes, said Alex, writing in his
notebook. Had Mankos an 10D?
he asked Igglesby.
Three of them, and were pretty
sure one of them did it. There were
no signs of a break-in. Mankos always
5A the key to his house under the 47D
so his children could 65A at any time.
Since only his children knew about
the key, it has to be one of them.
17A one of them stands to inherit a
bundle. Ive had them 53D since last
night, but so far none of them has
done anything suspicious. The big

GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

problem is, each one has an ironclad


28D. Ive got the 30A right here, he
said, picking up a sheet of paper.
As Igglesby spoke I watched Alex
draw a round clock face in his notebook. Then he 61D the paper out of
the book, turned it over, and held
it up to the light. His actions mystified me.
The eldest child is named 58D,
Igglesby continued. Three years ago
he became a devout orthodox Jew,
and since then has criticized his father
for having neglected his heritage and
not knowing any of the Jewish 68A.
Last night he had a late class a few
blocks from Mankoss house, and
witnesses say he didnt leave until 4D
29D precisely. Even driving his 51A,
hed need a minute or two to get to
his fathers house.
What sort of class? I asked.
He was learning the 14A. Funny
thing, though: He doesnt know
how to read or 24A in Hebrew, so
hes memorizing it by 69A. The second child is named 40A, and shes a
famous operatic soprano starring in
18A here in town.
Not the divine Rigatoni? I gasped.
Only Friday I had heard her sing the
beautiful 62D, O patria mia. She
had a 67D that made her look truly
Egyptian, although she had certainly
acquired it on the Riviera. Her backless, floor-length costume had shown
off the 16A of her neck, and as she
walked I had glimpsed now and then
a delicate 20D. But isnt she Italian?
No, shes 40A Rigatoni 66D
Mankos, all right. She was on her
way to a nearby cast party after the
opera last night, and witnesses say
she showed up precisely at 4D 29D.
Even in a taxi, it would have taken
her a minute or two to get there from
her fathers house.
Any motive besides the money?
Mankos was as tyrannical as a
Russian 12D with her. Theres been a
26D between them for years. He was
writing a review of her latest role
when he was murdered. Have a look.
We read the paper Igglesby handed
us. It was handwritten, and began:
Last night, Ms. Rigatoni may have

BY SCOTT MARLEY
1

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14

15

16

17

18

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19

27

21
24

28
34

39

40

44

32

22

30

35

36
41

45

31

12

25

29

33

11

20
23

26

10

46

37
42

38
43

47

48
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been trying to 19A opera to new
heights, but instead she sank it down
a mine 31D of unfathomable depths.
May I be 26A? Sensitive ears were 42D
by each harsh note, and her entire
performance was enough to 27D all
who truly 5D music. Every time she
raises her voice, she 34A our morale.Though it is now too late to 11D
the harm she did last night, perhaps
there is still time to ask the governor
for a 25D.
If she shot him, I cant say I blame
her, laughed Alex. Whos number
three?
The youngest child is named 43A.
Hes a neer-do-well, and as slippery
as an 33A. Hes spent the last five
summers bumming around Europe,
traveling 7D and wide, from the south
of Greece to old 71A in the north.

Hes been constantly in 44A; when


he was home he was always asking
his father to 63D him a few 15A or
twenties, which he spent in various
60D of iniquity. At 4D 29D he was
making a connection at the airport
15 miles from here. He arrived on a
flight five minutes 6D the crime, and
five minutes after it he was on another flight heading due 23A (abbr.)
out of town.
Alex closed his eyes and spoke. So
we have one suspect whose 28D ends
precisely at 4D 29D, another whose
28D starts at 4D 29D, and a third
who has no 28D for 4D 29D exactly,
but who couldnt have killed Mankos
unless he could travel 30 miles in a
matter of minutes.
Exactly, replied Igglesby. So can
you figure this out?

A trivial case for a detective of my


abilities, said Alex.
Your heads starting to 55D, I
warned him. Surely you cant have
solved the case already?
I think Im getting 57D, smiled
Alex, scribbling a few words on a
piece of paper. Give this 59D to
Mrs. Featherdown, and ask her to
answer the question Ive written on
it. Igglesby took the paper out of
the room and returned a few moments later.
She says it was 60A, said Igglesby.
Just as I suspected, chuckled Alex.
And now I know who killed Joshua
Mankos.
What question did Alex ask Mrs.
Featherdown?
Who killed Joshua Mankos?

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W I L D CA R D S

1. Apollo & Zeus


2. Brian
3. Chester
4. Comet
5. Dreyfuss
6. Eddie
7. Freeway
8. Maximillian
9. Reckless
10. Roosevelt
11. Rowlf
12. Santas Little Helper
13. Seymour
14. Smiley
15. Tramp
a. The Bionic Woman
b. Empty Nest
c. Family Guy
d. Frasier
e. Full House
f. Futurama
g. Hart to Hart
h. Hazel
i. Magnum, P.I.
j. My Three Sons
k. The Muppet Show
l. The Nanny
m. Pee-wees Playhouse
n. The Simpsons
o. The Waltons

WORDPLAY
SOUND MIX
Anagram each phrase to get a
pair of homophones. For example,
the phrase BAD BROODER can be
anagrammed into the homophone
pair BOARD/BORED.
1. HIS PIGS
2. EURO PROP
3. IN GNEISS
4. ADDLE LOO
5. ODOR DARE
6. TIM HIT GEM
7. SEE HER RASH
8. TEETH HIRER
9. READY DAGGER
10. ROACH COLLAR
11. DUET USES EGGS
12. NAN RACK ERROR
13. SCARE LIAR EEL
14. SHELL TIE SO HOT
15. NAIL GIG LICENSE

MAKENA DYER

CHARLES SAMBUCHINO

WORDPLAY
SYMBOL-MINDED
All of the following words share
the same quality. What is it?
BUS

CHUCK

FIB

CIVIC

PUB

FISHY

BUSY

PICKY

PICK

POISON

SKIN

INNOCUOUS
JOSEPH APPEL

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TEASERS
FAIR AND SQUARE
If these five pieces are arranged
to form a square (with no pieces
overlapping one another), which
right angleA, B, C, D, or Ewill
be a corner of the square?
A
B
C
D
E

R. WAYNE SCHMITTBERGER

SOUND MIX BASED ON A PUZZLE BY WILL SHORTZ

FOR THE RECORD


MANS BEST FRIEND
Can you match up the TV canines
(115) with their shows (a-o)?

TEASERS
GATECRASHERS
The 15 winners of a television contest have been invited to a congratulatory
party. Although the average age of the group is exactly 25, some of the
winners are quite young (15, 16, and 17). The host asks the whole group to
wear nametags with their names and ages.
Shortly after the party begins, three gatecrashers sneak in, fill out blank
nametags with their own names and ages, and mingle with the legitimate
guests. Below are the 18 nametags. Can you identify the gatecrashers?
AL, 33

BEV, 15

CARL, 22

DEBRA, 26

ED, 23

FRAN, 20

GUY, 19

HEIDI, 25

IRV, 32

KATE, 18

JACK, 24

LINDA, 21

MARK, 35

NANCY, 31

OSCAR, 16

PATTY, 17

QUINCY, 28

RACHEL, 27

BOB STANTON

TEASERS
ALPHABETIC TIC-TAC-TOE
The letters in each row, column,
and diagonal of this tic-tac-toe
board share qualities with one
another that they share with no
other letters in the grid. Can you
identify the quality that links the
letters in each group?

TEASERS
SPECIAL TEAMS
If Jacques Cousteau had taken up
football as well as oceanography,
he would probably feel most at
home playing for the Dolphins.
On which other NFL teams might
you find the following historical
and fictional figures?

E T F
A N V
O C S

FOR THE RECORD


THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT
Names of U.S. states range in
length from four to 13 letters.
Which length is the most common,
and which is the least common
and can you name the states of
these lengths?

1. Joan of Arc
2. Stephen Austin
3. Stan Berenstain
4. Captain Blood
5. Andrew Carnegie
6. Charles-Augustin de Coulomb
7. Cronus
8. Wyatt Earp
9. Gordon Gekko
10. Rubeus Hagrid
11. Nathan Hale
12. Bert Lahr
13. Huey Newton
14. Edgar Allan Poe
15. Erik the Red
16. Armand de Richelieu
17. Roy Rogers
18. Sam Spade
19. John Sutter
20. Clancy Wiggum
21. Tiger Woods
22. Chuck Yeager

R.H. WEI

JEFF STILLMAN

J. MARK THOMPSON

AT FIRST I WAS
EMBARRASSED. ME,
A CAT, LIVING WITH
A SINGLE GUY. BUT
WHEN I WATCH HIM
PICK SOMETHING UP
WITH HIS HANDS AND
EAT IT, I CANT HELP
BUT LOVE HIM.
MARU
adopted 01-10-10

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CODE CROSSWORDS

BY JOEL NANNI

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 and
in the chart beside the grid. Every letter of the alphabet will appear at least once in the completed grids.
ANSWERS, PAGE 73
1

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

21

22

10

23

11

24

12

25

13

26

4
21
19
15

25
1

12

12

14

22

10

28

24

16

L Y

22

M Z

25

24

2
2

7
23

12

21

16

13

21

21

25

22

10

21

12

25

14

11

13

24

12

19

10

17

20

16

24

25

25

25

13

13

19

14
13

12

25

25

25

22

26

12

20

22

16

20

24

20

17

16

19

17

12

19

4
6

10

13

14

20

17

22

20

17

22

22

A N
B O
C P

25

D Q

E R

12

G T

11

H U
V

11

J W

20

K X

25

L Y
M Z

22

20
26

14

17

4
16

24
22

21

25

20

20
10

8
20

12

20

7
19

24
6

10
15

16

26

25

20

23
17

20

15

19

24
19

25

5
16

24

4
10

19

24

I
22

9
3

25

10

22

10

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12

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16

16

24

20

21

12

12
7

15

24

20

25

22
19

19

12

14

12

11

11
21

25

15

11
9

22

19
4

17

20

14

22

25

22

22

12
7

10

26

15

20

P E

14

20

16

17

10

12

21

20
15

18

12

14
10

25

25

19

11
5

17

21

18

22

1
1

22

25
19

20

18

12

13

20

12

1
8

K X

25

24

5
24

21

J W

13

20

25
9

22

22

17
17

E R

9
21

24

20

18
22

D Q

H U

20
25

G T

12

10

C P

25

19

20
21

20

R E

B O

22

12

A N

6
3

19

12

20

14

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16

17

18

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20

21

22

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BY DENNIS SHASHA

CHESS

SOLE SURVIVOR: SMALL BUT POTENT

n these puzzles, you are presented a chess configuration


that may or may not include kings. Each piece moves as
it normally moves in chess. Its up to you to determine
whether White or Black moves first. Every move must
eliminate a piece of the opposing color. At the end, there
must be only one piece remainingthe sole survivor. Q

7
As a warmup, here is the puzzle from the October issue.
At right is the initial configuration:

i A

Here is the solution:


White starts:
Nd3xc5, Nb4xa6, Nc5xa6, Re6xa6,
Ne4xf6, Ra6xf6, Ba1xf6

4
3
2
1

Now here is the problem for this issue.

.t

6
5

Dennis Shasha is a professor


of computer science at New
York Universitys Courant Institute. In addition to his scholarly
research, Dr. Shasha has written
six books of puzzles featuring a
mathematical detective, Dr. Ecco.
He writes the puzzle column
for CACM (Communications of
The Association for Computing
Machinery), and has also written puzzle columns for Scientific
American and Dr. Dobbs Journal.

19

&

1
a

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HELTER-SKELTER

BY FRANK LONGO

ft

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 towardand if necessary,
beyondthe next consecutive number. The first answer, POSED, has been entered in Helter-Skelter #1 as an example.
ANSWERS, PAGE 74

HELTER-SKELTER #1

p
16

6
19
0
s
7

20

12

10

11
5

8
15

2
D

HELTER-SKELTER #2

21

2
16

17

5
23

17

22

14

11

18
18

13

10

3
15

14

7
19

13

12

1 Sat for a photographer

1 When gridiron pundits report in

2 Inka Dinka Doo singer Jimmy

2 Hosp. scans

3 Subterfuge

3 Decided (to): 2 wds.

4 Sunrise direction

4 70s Saigon statesman Nguyen Van ___

5 ___ Domingo

5 Unruly pile

6 Stench

6 Porkys girlfriend

7 Keaton or Sawyer

7 Baskin-Robbins treat: 2 wds.

8 Like clocks running concurrently: 2 wds.

8 Hard-to-see rain

9 Crunchy veggie

9 Necks of land

10 Votes into office

10 Sign off on a memo

11 Condiment in a Chinese restaurant: 2 wds.

11 Barack Obama, in December 2016: 2 wds.

12 Seeming length of a windbags speech

12 New Zealander, familiarly

13 Boss of Tammany Hall

13 Tow trucks wind-up device

14 One who works with roots?

14 Oahu denizen

15 Wheelchair access

15 Big name in train travel

16 Grendel or Sasquatch

16 Fix a breaker, in a way

17 She was Susan on Desperate Housewives

17 Clue weapon

18 Wax-winged flier of myth

18 Belonging to us, in Podunk

19 Decorous

19 Capital of India: 2 wds.

20 Lipinski and Reid


21 Dilbert character
22 The Dodge Aries was one: Hyph.
23 Wolflike critter

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500 RUMMY fff

BY PAM WYLDER

Can you score 500 or more points in Word


Rummy hands from the card layout at right?

How to Play
Find as many common seven-letter words as
you can whose cards form Word Rummy
hands. A Word Rummy hand is a sevenletter word whose letters appear on cards
that make up one set (three or four cards of
a kind, like 7 7 7 or K K K K) and one
sequence (three or four cards of the same
suit in numerical order, like A 2 3 or 9
10 J Q). Either the set or the sequence may
come first, but one of each must be used in
each hand, and the two parts must not be
mixed together. The letters of a set may be
used in any order; the letters of a sequence
must be used in the left-to-right order given
in the grid. The same card cannot be used
twice in the same hand. Sets and sequences,
however, may be repeated in other words.
Proper names and foreign words are not
allowed, but plurals are fine.

A
E
R
T
L
A

2
S
D
H
A
2

3
T
O
O
U
3

4
A
M
T
S
4

CARDS & WORDS

5
L
A
H
C
5

6 7 8
D P U
G E P
E L L
H Y F
6H
7 8

POINTS

9 10
B I
A N
A S
L O
9 10
H

J
L
O
T
V
J

CARDS & WORDS

Q K
E S
R E
M A
E R
Q
KI
POINTS

S T A R L E T
2 3 4 A A A A

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Scoring
Each card in a Word Rummy hand scores its
face value. A 6 scores 6 points, for example.
Aces are low and count 1 point each. Jacks,
queens, and kings count 10 points each.

Example
In the puzzle at right the word STARLET
forms a Word Rummy hand. The 2 3 4 are
a sequence with the letters S-T-A; the A
A A A are a set with the letters R-LE-T. The cards used have values of 2 3 4 1 1
1 1, for a total of 13 points.

Ratings

COLUMN 2 TOTAL

Knock: 750 points (good game)


Gin: 1,000 points (winning game)
Gin-off: 1,177 points (our best score)

COLUMN 1 TOTAL

COLUMN 1 TOTAL

TOTAL SCORE

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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, S-AP-PHO, has
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Replenished the stock of
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Like plain peanuts and pretzels
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COMPILED BY JASON ELMER


Whats Happening
WORLD CHESS
CHAMPIONSHIP
2016
When: November
1130, 2016
Where: Fulton
Market Building;
New York City, NY
Details: Even if you cant make it to
Manhattan to watch, be sure to catch
a broadcast of this match to crown the
new World Chess Champion. Magnus
Carlsen of Norway, the reigning
champion, will face challenger Sergey
Karjakin of Russia in a series of 12
games. The match will be held under
the auspices of FIDE, the world chess
federation.
For more info:
www.worldchess.com/nyc2016
Whats Happening
BLUEGRASS SCRABBLE FALL CLASSIC

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When: November 1820, 2016


Where: Fairfield Inn & Suites;
Lexington, KY
Details: This NASPA-rated, TWL
tournament features 24 total games
spanning three eventsEarly Bird, Nite
Bird, and Main Event. Breakfast and free
Wi-Fi are included in the hotel fee.
For more info: http://www.crosstables.com/download/2016/11/
bluegrassfallclassic.pdf
Whats Happening
MEMPHIS COMIC & FANTASY
CONVENTION 2016

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COWeNTION
When: November 1820, 2016
Where: Memphis Hilton; Memphis, TN
Details: New for 2016, this con offers
three times the gaming, plus more latenight entertainment. Board and card
games, video games, and RPGs will all
be featured. In addition, there will be
a concert by Kazha, a power rock trio

W H AT ' S H A P P E N I N G

from Japan, a costume contest, a gothic


ball, and much more.
For more info: www.memphiscfc.com
Whats Happening
CON+ALT+DELETE
When: December 1618, 2016
Where: Hyatt Regency OHare;
Rosemont, IL
Details: CAD, a celebration of
Japanese animation and nerd
culture, offers a variety of events
designed to give fans a chance to
socialize, discuss their favorite shows,
and have lots of fun. There will be
cosplay contests, gaming tournaments,
fan-run panels, plus unlimited free
ramen and Mountain Dew.
For more info: www.conaltdelete.com
Whats Happening
NARBYCON
When: December 911, 2016
Where: maCnarB Gaming: Gautier, MS
Details: The inauguralNarbyCon will
feature round-the-clock gaming. Board
games, miniatures, RPGs, card games,
and video gaming will be available.
Whatever your game, youre sure to
find fellow enthusiasts!
For more info: www.narbycon.com
Whats Happening
CHICAGO POP
CULTURE CON 2016
When: November
2627, 2016
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Where: Pheasant
Run Mega Center;
St. Charles, IL
Convention
Details: Comics,
toys, gaming, sci-fi, anime, horror,
cosplay, and much moreits all
represented here. Special guests will
include actor/artist Larry Hama and
tough-guy actor Fred The Hammer
Williamson of From Dusk Till Dawn.
For more info:
www.chicagopopculturecon.com
Whats Happening
AMAZING SCAVENGER
HUNT ADVENTURE: BOSTON
When: December 18, 2016
Where: Boston Common; Boston, MA
Details: This scavenger hunt offers teams
of players the opportunity to make
Boston their game board for a day.
Guided from any smartphone, teams

make their way through locales both


famous and out-of-the-way, solving
clues and completing challenges as they
learn about local history.
For more info:
www.urbanadventurequest.com
Whats Happening
NORTH AMERICAN
BRIDGE
CHAMPIONSHIPS
When: November 24
December 4, 2016
Where: Walt Disney
World Swan and Dolphin Resort;
Orlando, FL
Details: Bridge enthusiasts can enjoy
their favorite game amid the wonder
and excitement of this Disney resort.
The NABC has tons to offer: free bridge
lessons, games for all levels of play,
guest speakers, and more. To kick things
off, the Opening Reception will feature
food, live music, drinks, and dancing.
For more info: www.acbl.org/
tournaments_page/nabcs/upcomingnabcs
Whats Happening
WINTERCON NEW YORK
COMIC & SCI-FI EXPO
When: December 3 & 4, 2016
Where: Resorts World Casino; Jamaica, NY
Details: Lots of cosplay, panels, and
special performances and guests. The
huge gaming section will feature
tabletop, video, and card games, as
well as RPGs. Free shuttle buses will be
available from Manhattan, Queens, and
Brooklyn.
For more info: www.nywintercon.com
Whats Happening
SAC GAMERS EXPO 2016

SRC GRRIERS EKPO


When: December 11, 2016
Where: Scottish Rite Center;
Sacramento, CA
Details: This family-friendly event
welcomes video gamers of all ages
and levels. Features include panels,
workshops, tournaments, a console
gaming room, and a video game
museum. Dont miss the special guests,
including Andre Meadows of the
YouTube channel Black Nerd Comedy.
For more info: www.sacgamersexpo.com

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THE YEARS BEST GAMES


By Thomas L. McDonald

elcome to our year-end roundup of 2016s best games,


both electronic and traditional. Weve played everything
from apps and video games to board and card games.
Some of these titles have been reviewed previously in GAMES WORLD
OF PUZZLES; others you may be seeing for the first time.
If youve ever wondered how we choose our winners, the process
involves sifting through the games published between August of one
year and the next, paying attention to games that are generating

some buzz, testing them out with a team of seasoned gamers, and
making final decisions.
For 2016, weve boiled it down to one Game of the Year overall
and four categories, with awards for both traditional and electronic
gaming.We selected the top two games in each category: a winner
and a runner-up. (Dates in parentheses indicate the date of a full review
in GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES.)
Without further ado, here are our selections!

TRADITIONAL
TRADITIONAL GAME
OF THE YEAR
NEW YORK 1901
BLUE ORANGE
$50, 24 PLAYERS
3060 MINUTES
-----------------------------------------------------------------------he greatest city in the
world is at the dawn of
a new century, and technology is allowing skyscrapers
to reach hitherto unimagined
heights. Your job is to fill the map
with buildings for the maximum
number of points.
Gameplay occurs on a large
board crisscrossed with streets
dividing colored blocks representing buildable lots. Tiles of
various sizes and shapes depict
the different kinds of buildings in
bronze, silver, and gold to chart
the progressive improvement of
building techniques.

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it with a more advanced design
(e.g., upgrading from a bronze
to a silver building).
Despite these deceptively
simple rules, the game has
subtle depths involving choosing
lots, making upgrades, deciding
when and what to build and
when to wait, and planning
around special buildings and
random bonus goals that are
determined at the outset. As
the game progresses, the intricate interplay of interlocking
properties and tiles, with points
available for size, location, and
even color of lots, as well as a
few surprise actions, gives the
game an unexpected amount
of complexity despite its simple
mechanics. The icing on the cake
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HONORABLE MENTION:
HARBOUR
In Harbour, a little box with
a deck of cards, wooden markers, and a pile of small boards
are all you need to represent a
noisy, smelly, thriving dockside
market in a fantasy world. Tasty
Minstrels compressed version
of the worker placement game
lets you deal with strange and
whimsical businesses run by
goblins, ogres, elves, and others
who use the market. Volatile
prices and complex building
types give this a unique feel, and
although the elements seem
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ixing cards, dice, creature


capture, and push-yourluck gameplay, Dragonwood offers a lot of fun and strategy
in a game thats still accessible to
younger players.
Each player has a hand of cards
numbered 1 to 10, in different colors.
Five faceup cards are drawn from a
separate deck, offering monsters to
defeat, powerups, and special events.
Each of these cards is captured by
forming sets from your hand to power
one of three attacks: striking, stomping, or screaming. A strike requires
cards of any color in a sequence (4, 5,

6), a stomp uses matching numbers


in any color (3, 3, 3), and a scream
uses matching colors.
The number of cards you can
play from your hand determines the
number of dice you get to roll in an
attack. For example, if your cards are
2, 3, 4, and 5, you get four dice to
roll for a strike. If youre going against
the Angry Ogre, you have to roll 12 or
above to capture him.
The combination of dice and
card play plus fantasy adventuring and whimsical, high-quality
art make Dragonwood a sure
winner for family game night. Q

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n Flip City, a blend of Dominion and SimCity, you construct


a deck of cards representing
buildings. Each building has a starting side with one building and a flip
side with another; different buildings
have benefits, disadvantages, and
sometimes both.
Players begin with a small deck of
these cards faceup in front of them.
One by one, you can play a card and
reap its rewards or punishments.
These are measured in coins (good),
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magine is an immensely clever


party game that transcends
language by using universal
icons as clues. These icons are
printed on 61 transparent cards and
feature things like simple shapes
(circle, triangle, line), human figures
in various poses (running, climbing, reaching, standing), symbols
(speech bubble, lightning) and
objects (umbrella, bone, sword). For
the sake of visual variety, they come
in various colors.
The box comes with a deck
of enigma cards offering clues
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sad faces (bad), and victory points


(awesome!).
The goal is to play buildings with
enough coin values to buy better
cards from the general supply or to
flip a card to reveal the more valuable
building on the other side.
As the city grows in size and value,
so do your purchasing power and
your chances of winning. Its quite
a novel game that compresses a lot
of play into a palm-sized package.
Q(5/16)

and solutions, but any decently


sized group can dispense with
these and just make up their own
puzzles. Players are given a simple
clue, such as Movie, Job, Fairy Tale,
and so on. The active player knows
the solution, such as Taxi Driver,
Flight Attendant, or Jack and
the Beanstalk. The solution is illustrated using any of the symbol
cards by putting them in a sequence,
overlapping them, or even animating them with motion. The other
players earn points for correctly
guessing the solution. Q

PARTY GAME OF THE YEAR

ISLE OF SKYE: MAYFAIR GAMES, $37, 25 PLAYERS, 4590 MIN.

heres more than a hint of


Carcassone in this Scottishthemed tile-placement game
featuring the familiar roads, farms,
hills, and other features, but it has
its own appeal as well. Players
assume the role of clan leader by
taking a little cardboard screen and
a scoring token. Every game has four
different methods of scoring drawn
at random from a lot of 16 tiles.
Players may find themselves vying
for the most sheep or the most
ships, the largest block of land or
RUNNER-UP: ALANS
ADVENTURELAND

the biggest lake.


Each round, players draw landscape tiles and attach coin values to
them. Other players can buy these
tiles or pass, then place their new
land around their castles and collect
five gold pieces. Over the course of
six rounds, various combinations
of scoring tiles are calculated, with
players collecting extra gold based
upon their position on the scoring
track. The theme plus a number of
new twists make this a fresh take
on the tile-laying genre. Q(10/16)

STRATEGY GAME OF THE YEAR

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ELECTRONIC
ELECTRONIC GAME
OF THE YEAR
THE WITNESS
THEKLA, INC.
PC/PS4, $40; MOBILE, TBA
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and interactivity are discarded. You enter a mysterious, colorful island through a
tunnel; the rest is up to you.
Explore, solve maze puzzles,
listen to audio clips of philosophers, or just wander around
enjoying the beautiful scenery,
but dont expect the game to
follow a linear path from beginning to end. It is designed not
to reward or punish actions, but
to explore ideas about epiphany
and epistemology.
This is accomplished with
hundreds upon hundreds of
maze puzzles with shifting rules
and complex interconnections.
You first encounter the mazes
on small screens and solve them
with the simplest actions. Get
the widget from point A to
point B, and you power up
another puzzle, unlock something, change a piece of the
environment, or alter the island
in some way you might not
even discover for hours.
These mazes get more complex as you continue, and
some encountered in early
levels require knowledge that
is only acquired much later in
the game. The world consists
of multiple environments, ranging from autumn hills to snowy
mountains to a monastery and
everything in between, all hiding mysteries. The island itself
is a mechanism, and its true
nature only unfolds in time.
Along the way, you can pick
up audio logs and even video
clips in which philosophers,
scientists, and artists address
the nature of knowing.
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observe and deduce new ways
to navigate both the world
and its puzzles. Some of it is
frustratingly impenetrable and
difficult, and it seems almost
deliberately off-putting at times
as it challenges players to think
differently about the problems
and puzzles they encounter.
The result is a game that pushes
players to think not just about
the solution to problems, but
about thinking itself. Q(9/16)
HONORABLE MENTION:
POKMON GO
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technology was tied to a clever
use of geolocation that got kids
and adults out and walking
around town to find and catch
Pokmon lurking under bushes
or hiding in local landmarks.
At some locations, known as
PokStops, crowds of people
congregated. Yes, it was a fad,
but it was more than that: It
was fun, light, and clever.

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OVERWATCH, BLIZZARD, XBOX ONE/PS4/PC, $60

verwatch, the newest game


from Blizzard, combines
comic-book visuals and
world design with fast-paced team
combat to make a unique, satisfying
strategic shooter.
Although the game takes place
in a technologically advanced future,
the world-building and design allow
greater diversity, extending to such
weapons as bows, swords, and rocketpowered hammers. Players choose
from a selection of heroes, unique
in both skill set and personality, to
complete objectives as a team. These
RUNNER-UP: TOM CLANCYS
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characters range from a cybernetic


ninja to a massive talking gorilla, making the game an interesting blend of
the serious and the ludicrous.
The maps are varied, showing
locations from Japan to England,
from ancient ruins to urban cityscapes.
Depending on the map, objectives
change for either team, ranging from
the escort of a payload to the capture
or defense of a control point. This
variety, coupled with its animated,
almost cartoonish, art design, make
Overwatch a refreshing change from
the usual online shooter. Q

ACTION GAME OF THE YEAR

allout 4 is the long-awaited


next chapter in the popular
post-apocalyptic series, taking place in the ruins of Boston,
Massachusetts, now simply referred
to as The Commonwealth. It remains
faithful to the formula of its predecessors, combining narrative role-playing
with first-person combat and plenty
of customization options.
Various gameplay mechanics
have been added, the most notable
being a settlement creation system.
Players can scavenge materials
during their travels, then later use
those materials to create settlements
RUNNER-UP: DEUS EX:
MANKIND DIVIDED

among the ruins. These outposts


draw other wastelanders to them,
slowly evolving into small towns
completely under the players control.
Fallout 4 improves upon its predecessors, providing more variety in
both play style and narrative than the
prior Fallout games. The open world
allows for nearly limitless exploration, while the branching narrative
allows gamers to replay its main story
several times for new experiences.
One of the most eagerly anticipated
games of 2015, it lives up to the hype
and is an excellent addition to the
franchise. Q(5/16)

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he design of Reigns is so
unusual and innovative that it
almost nailed our game of the
year slot. Very simply, the developers
have taken the control scheme of
social hookup apps like Tinder and
turned it into a narrative/RPG/card
game that transcends categories.
Each player begins his Reign as a
king and is presented with a single
card. This card features a character
who offers a choice: swipe left or
right to reject or accept it.Perhaps
your Queen wants to have a banquet,
the Archbishop wants to build a
church, your house alchemist wants
to perform strange experiments, the
merchants want to form a guild, or
RUNNER-UP: ORTUS REGNI

the jester wants to tell a joke.


Responses cause four categories
in your kingdom to rise or fall: the
church, the people, the army, and income. If any of these categories drains
to zero or rises to 100 percent, your
kingdom is at an end, so the trick is
to maintain balance among the four.
When you die (which is often) the
next king takes your place, and you
continue, creating a dynasty that can
last hundreds of years, with a bit of
swordfighting, dungeon exploring,
magic mushroom eating, and other
strange moments along the way.Also,
your dog is Satan. Its a preposterous, clever, entertaining, and wholly
original game. Q

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IMBROGLIO, MICHAEL BROUGH, IOS, $4

mbroglio is a fascinating study in


deep minimalism. You play as a
hero who can move up, down,
left, or right on a 44 grid representing a dungeon with shifting walls. The
individual tiles are weapons both
conventional (red) and magical (blue),
and their layout can be configured
at the outset. The hero attacks with
whatever weapon he is standing on.
Four monsters enter the dungeon one
at a time from one of the four corners,
with a new monster showing up every
four turns.
RUNNER UP: NEVER ALONE

The goal is to cross the board


and collect a purple star. Once its
collected, the walls shift and a new
star spawns four spaces away. As
youre moving toward the stars,
the monsters are moving toward
you. When a monster is in range of
a weapon you can attack, dealing
either blue damage or red depending on the weapon.
This is an incredibly addictive
puzzler masquerading as an RPG
with a lot going on below the
surface. Q(10/16)

PUZZLE/ADVENTURE GAME OF THE YEAR

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PERSPECTIVES ON PLAY IN 2016


By Raymond Simon

his is a great time to be a fan of games and puzzles! Game cafs are popping up all over the place; anyone with a smartphone can
download a gazillion apps to while away a few minutes; and the Internet has enabled game designers and puzzle makers to bring their
amusing creations to the public quickly and conveniently.
Considering all the amazing things happening, we here at GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES thought that you would enjoy hearing directly from
some of the men and women involved. So weve polled everyone from top-flight game players to serious scholars who ponder the role of
play in our lives to bring you their perspective on the state of games and play in 2016.
Their answers are thoughtful and informative, amusing and provocative. And given the time of year, they may even help you decide on a
few gifts to share with fellow game-lovers.
Weve divided this highly unscientific survey into four handy sections: Parental Advisory; Classics Corner; Across & Down; and The Game
Lab. We think youll enjoy reading through it. Most of all, have fun!

PARENTAL ADVISORY

Ordinarily, we side with kids, but with the holidays here we think mom and dad really do know whats best. Thats why were beginning our
2016 survey of games and puzzles by talking to four parents who make games and puzzles! We asked them these questions:
1. In the past year, what games or puzzles did your children enjoy the most?
2. What games or puzzles will you be giving as gifts for the holidays this year?
3. Whats your favorite game or toy that you got as a gift during the holidays?
TAMMY DONROE INMAN recently released Twitterati Cryptograms, a cool collection of
puzzles for codebreakers. This mother of two describes herself as a friendly introvert.
Shes also a writer, cooking instructor, and Math Olympiads coach.

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1. My sons have been heavy into Pokmon and Magic cards for years, but they
branched out with Castle Panic, a cooperative game where you try to prevent
monsters from storming the castle. They
also enjoyed the card game Exploding Kittens, which, despite the horrifying name,
is pretty funny on account of the comic art
and snarky captions.
2. Ill probably be giving out a fair number of
my new book Twitterati
Cryptograms to my adult
friends, but Ive also be-

come addicted to gryptics. These crossword


puzzles dont have any clues, just letter hints
extending out past the boundaries of the
grid and a few inside. Les Foeldessy wrote a
few of these books, including Next-Generation Crosswords, which I highly recommend.
3. I have to call out Rush Hour, which I gave
the kids for Christmas years ago but its hard
to say who loved it more, them or me. Its a
puzzle game where you try to back plastic
cars out of various complicated parking
scenarios. It combines my love of spatial
puzzles with righteous Boston road rage.

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Want to try one of Tammys weekly Wednesday cryptograms?


Visit www.codesparrow.com. You can also follow her on
Twitter at @codeSparrow.

HELAINA CAPPEL released her first game, Foodfighters, this past March. The cool
Canadian is co-owner of Kids Table Board Gaming and the mother of two gamersin-training, ages 7 and 4.
1. My kids play
games daily! But
the ones that
come back to the
table time and
time again are:
Gulo Gulo, Bomb

Squad Academy, and Laser Maze (puzzle/


activity).
2. This years picks for gift giving are: Karuba, Junk Art, Wok on Fire, and Machi
Koro.
3. My favorite gift of the holidays is Pandemic Legacy.

Miss the days when you could play with your food? Then you
really ought to check out www.kidstablebg.com and
www.facebook.com/kidstableboardgaming.

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DARREN KISGEN teaches finance at Boston College and is the father of two young children.
Our game reviewer named Kisgens new board game, Dragonwood, the Family Game of
the Year. (See the review on page 35.)

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1. We own over 200 tabletop games and


play a variety of them every week. Some
recent favorites include Camel Up, Sushi Go,
Ticket to Ride, Outfoxed, Flash Point: Fire
Rescue, Takenoko, Colt Express, Love Letter,
Acquire, and Castles of Mad King Ludwig.
2. Our top choices for gifts might include Forbidden Island/Desert, Going, Going, GONE!,

Battle Sheep, Incan Gold, Takenoko, Camel


Up and, of course, Dragonwood.
3. As a kid, my favorite game I got as
a gift was probably Dark Tower. I have
many wonderful memories of playing
that (and I wish I still had my copy!). More
recently, it is probably the Viticulture Collectors Edition.

To learn more about Dragonwood, check out informed reviews


by game lovers at websites like Amazon.com and The Dice Tower.

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BLAISE SEWELL went from graphic design to game design. His 2014 card game, POOP:
The Game, is a blast! Hes the proud papa of two, a fourth-grader and a 3-year-old.
1. My kids and I love the game King of Tokyo! The game is super-easy to play and a lot
of fun. Also, Ive never seen another board
game board that literally only
has one space players move on.
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THISnCKKl my own games (I get a pretty
C0NTR1NS;
good discount on those!) my
kids and I will probably pick

up one of those new mini Nintendo Entertainment Systems. The classic videogames
still hold and its a great way to relive some
childhood memories.
3. I still remember opening an old laser tag
set back when I was about 6. Those old sets
were really clunky but I remember running
outside in the snow trying to recruit an uncle
or two to play with me.

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Curious to see what games Mr. Sewell has in the pipeline?
Then wend your way over to www.POOPTheGame.com.

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CLASSICS CORNER

Game lovers are living in the midst of a revolution in indie game development, but a handful of games remain perennial favoritesand with
good reason! We checked in with a few folks whove mastered some of these beloved classics and ran four questions by them:
1. What was your most exciting game or match this past year?
2. If you had one move, turn, or play to do over again, what would it be and why?
3. What player are you keeping your eyes on in 2017, or, if better, what tournament are you looking forward to in 2017?
4. What development in the game, if any, caught your attention in 2016?
DR. ALEXEY ROOT began learning chess from her father at age 5. Since then, shes
been awarded the title Woman International Master by the World Chess Federation
(FIDE) and written seven thoughtful books on the game.
1. In a simultaneous exhibition I played at
the Denton, Texas Public Library in July of
2016, I won 20 games of chess in one-anda-half hours.
2. As I wrote about in my most recent book,
Prepare With Chess Strategy, I regret touching a rook and then, following the rules of
chess, having to move it. Losing my rook
was bad, but my attempting to play a better
move (until my opponent claimed touchmove and called over the tournament
director) was more embarrassing. Especially
since this touch-move incident happened in

2015, when I had 40 years of chess tournament experience!


3. I work for the University of Texas at Dallas. One of our students, Grandmaster Gil
Popilski, tied for first in the World Open
and the U.S. Open in 2016. Im hoping Gil
will help UT Dallas win the Pan-American
Intercollegiate Team Chess Championship, to
be held December 27-30, 2016 in Louisiana.
4. The United States now has three of the
top ten chess players in the world and should
have an excellent chance to medal at the
Olympiad.

Interested in reading more of Dr. Roots thoughts on chess and learning? Visit her author
page: www.amazon.com/author/alexeyroot.

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DAVID AIKEN is a self-described cribbage nerd. Hes the editor of Cribbage World,
an informative monthly newsletter you should check out. Last year he played in more
than 50 tournaments.
1. My most disappointing match was at the
prestigious Tournament of Champions in
Reno. In the quarterfinals I was ahead two
games to none, yet somehow managed to
lose the next three gamesand the match.
Regrettably, there are no do-overs in
cribbage.
2. Winning a cribbage game is a series of
small victories, so every time I lose a game
by just a few points, I ask myself: Where
could I have found those one or two points
to secure the victory? In that sense, every
tournament offers many occasions to replay
the tape.
3. Playing tournament cribbage requires
disposable income and free time. These are
more normally the prerogative of retired
folks, who make up the majority of our
membership. It is exciting to see millennials

taking up the game, and there are some


even younger players on the horizon: Trevor
Poole (Crescent City, CA) finished third at
the worlds biggest cribbage tournament
in Reno this year, and two brothers from
Antioch, CA, Austin and Zack Gregson,
are acquitting themselves well in youth
tourneys and are ready to make the leap to
adult tourneys.
4. Cribbage has been around for nearly
400 years, and the only major change to
the game came with the switch from 61
to 121 holes in the 1870s. Any developments we see nowadays relate more to
tournament structure. For example, several tournaments now start midafternoon
in order to save players an extra hotel
night. It is important to hold down player
expenses as much as possible.

If its been a while since you played cribbage, David encourages you to visit www.cribbage.org. Youll be glad you did!

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BEN LOCKHART has been playing Go for 15 years now and even moved to South Korea
to train. He refers to himself, half-jokingly, as a Go player, dissident, philosopher.

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1. I won the World division of the Samsung


Cup, which is a world championship in
which different countries have tournaments
to seed their players, and the Western world
gets one spot in the final 32. In other words,
I had the honor to get crushed by the best
players in the world.
2. There is a famous proverb, there is no
losing in Go, which refers to the feeling
that you play your best and any mistakes
you made you now have the privilege of
being able to think about and correct, thus
improving. In this way I would have to say I
really dont regret any moves Ive made. Any
games I lost, I lost from my own weakness.
3. Japan dominated the Go world from
c15001990, during which time the game
had not become the more competitive
modern version that we see today. When
Korea and China began to train more in
the sport, scientific training methods and a
ruthless attitude of putting winning above

all else prevailed.


Now Korean Go is shrinking. Corporate
sponsorships are dwindling and there isnt so
much new talent. China, on the other hand,
has a booming Go scene which is growing,
so over the next ten years the depth of the
Chinese professional roster will overwhelm
the rest of the world.
A shorter answer is 17-year-old Li Qincheng, who is a rising star in China.
My goal for this year is to win the U.S.
Professional tournament in January 2017.
I have made the top 3 before but only 1st
place gets the title of professional.
4. Well, AlphaGo, of course. For your readers: If you havent heard of AlphaGo, you
are going to want to look it up. A Googleacquired company, DeepMind, created an
AI that finally defeated the best human
beings at Go. It was a shocking, beautiful,
and haunting event that I had the privilege
of attending in Seoul.

According to Ben, www.gogameguru.com and www.USGO.org are excellent resources for Americans interested in learning more about Go.

ACROSS & DOWN

Do you begin your day by doing a daily crossword? Then this section will surely appeal to you! We talked to two awesome crossword solvers
and two talented crossword constructors to get their thoughts about the year in crosswords. We begin with our solvers. We asked them both
these questions:
1. What was your favorite crossword puzzle of the year and why?
2. Can you recall a memorable clue from the past year and, if so, what is it?
3. Whats your daily crossword habit?
4. What games and puzzles did you enjoy this past year when you werent solving crosswords?

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HOWARD BARKIN claims that


hes klutzy, but we know better. The current champ of the
American Crossword Puzzle
Tournament is actually quirky,
intellectually curious, and stubbornly tenacious.

1. There was a cool puzzle


by Patrick Berry (Weird Attractions) with a song title
theme, where you had to
figure out that each song was
parodied by Weird Al Yankovic. Some of the Down answers
had two clues, depending on
whether you entered the real
title or the Weird Al title (I
LOVE ROCK N ROLL? I LOVE
ROCKY ROAD). Im partial to
Weird Al though. There were
a ton of great crosswords, so
picking one is tough.

2. Usually, one clue doesnt


stick for that long, but a great
example is Jordan, to worshippers for HIS AIRNESS.
Here Jordan is Michael, and
not the city. (Kameron Austin
Collins was the constructor.)
3. I range from zero to five
puzzles in a day, depending
on when the kids get to bed.
I solve mostly online nowadays, but I prefer to solve
unrushed on paper, with a
cup of coffee.
4. The occasional sudoku,
various Scrabble-like mobile
apps (Wordfeud and GrabbyWord, for two), and well,
a few Candy Land variants
with my 4-year old.

To keep up with Howard and be notified about the crossword


puzzles hes begun creating, follow him on Twitter @howardb42.

STELLA ZAWISTOWSKI, a
perennial contender at the
ACPT, has solved a Sunday NYT
crossword in four minutes, 33
seconds. This self-professed
brainy meathead can also
do a 250-pound back squat!

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1. Without question, Getting
Duped by Francis Heaney.
Its a pair of puzzles that, put
together, are a simply brilliant
satire of USA Todays crossword plagiarism scandal. I
dont want to spoil the puzzle,
because everyone who reads
this magazine should go solve
it. But I will say that the design
of the grid, the theme, and
especially the clues were all
carefully chosen to make witty,
delicious fun of the scandal.
2. Getting Duped, as I mentioned above, is full of hilariously satiric clues. My favorite

is Prefix with f Boyardee for


CHE. Obviously, this is a terrible
clue. Thats the ideaFrancis
and his editor, Ben, basically
took every trope of bad puzzlemaking and exaggerated it to
the point that I could not solve
the puzzle without breaking
into helpless laughter.
3. I solve 5 to 6 puzzles a day,
mostly online, but since I have
a dead-tree subscription to the
Wall Street Journal, I do solve
that one on paper.
4. I stick to word puzzles. I am
no good with logic. So Rows
Gardens and Acrostics are my
favorites. I also love me some
bar trivia, even though I stink
at movies and television.

Curious to keep up with this crazy-good cruciverbalist? Then we


suggest that you follow Stellas exploits on Twitter @stellaphone.

Of course, crossword lovers depend on the imagination and smarts of the folks who create these amusing diversions. We caught up with two
accomplished cruciverbalists and asked them both the following questions:
1. Which one of your puzzles from 2016 is your favorite and why?
2. Can you briefly sketch your constructing process?
3. What crossword constructors work inspires you? Alternately, was there a colleagues puzzle from 2016 that you particularly admired
and if so, why?
4. What games and puzzles did you enjoy this past year when you werent working on crosswords?
KAMERON AUSTIN COLLINSS crosswords appear in The New York Times and the American Values Crossword Club. Blogger Rex Parker wrote that Collinss November 14, 2015
NYT puzzle, might be perfect.
1. My favorite of my puzzles is a January
23 themeless in the NYT. Its my favorite for
being the puzzle that forced me to revamp
my approach to writing themeless puzzles.
Basically, I decided that if I could make a
60-worder this clean and this sparkly, there
really were no excuses. I constructed it about
2 years ago, and every puzzle Ive made since
then has benefitted, I think, from learning
to be a bit more of a stickler.
2. I cheat, probably. I am very picky about
how themeless grids (my specialty) look on
the pageIm a little too into making novel
patterns with black squares. But theyre so
distinctive! So I start with a grid concept. Ill
have a visual idea, make maybe 10 variations

on that idea, and add it to a gallery of blank


grids in my phone. Meanwhile, I use the
phone app Evernote to keep a running list of
seed entries handy. Starting a new puzzle is,
for me, a simple matter of scrolling through
seeds and seeing what Im in the mood for.
From there, its honestly whatever happens
in the weird fugue state known as puzzle
construction. Basically, though, I do every
corner 30 to 50 times, until Im out of new
options, and save them all as screenshots in
Dropbox. From there, I just Dr. Frankenstein
the best composite puzzle out of those
stacks of options.
3. My biggest puzzle crush is Byron Walden.
His puzzles are what mine aspire to bevery

clean, very difficult to pull off grid-wise and


very distinctively his. Theyre nerdy in a way
particular to his taste and interests, and that
appeals to me.
4. I am, secretly, the worst game personI
have no competitive instincts. I do like mysteries and also lame iPhone games, though.

Follow Kameron at @melvillmatic, where he tweets about crosswords, movies, and more. He also writes about pop culture at
www.theringer.com.
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EVAN BIRNHOLZ is a hard-working, fun-loving puzzle writer. He fell in love with crosswords just a few years ago and now writes the weekly Sunday puzzle for the Washington
Post Magazine.
1. There are two Post Magazine puzzles
that Im particularly proud of. The first one
was called Connection Problem. It had
several phrases in the Across direction with
a -URL- string (like ZIP YOUR LIP), but you
had to skip over those -URL- letters in the
Down direction for the crossing Down clues
to make sense. The second puzzle was called
The Word Is Out. That puzzle had some
answers which didnt fit their clues.
I liked both of these puzzles because they
each featured a difficult theme trick but had
what I thought could be a good a-ha moment for solvers if they could figure it out.
2. I start with a theme idea, or maybe a
phrase that could be an apt title for the
puzzle, and then see how I can build on it.
My first Post Magazine puzzle had a simple
theme of adding MAN or WOMAN into
phrases to create puns based on superheroes, like CATWOMAN ON A HOT TIN

ROOF and THE ITSY-BITSY SPIDERMAN.


Once I get a set of theme answers that I like,
I put them in the grid and start populating
it with black squares, taking care to make
sure I dont set myself up with impossible
crossings. After that, its mostly a matter of
filling the grid, but Im fairly obsessive about
keeping my grids smooth and clean, without
things like random Roman numerals and
crosswordese. Then its onto cluing, which
often takes me just as long as filling the grid.
When thats done, I send it off to colleagues
to test-solve and proofread.
3. Im always learning new things from
many different constructors. Erik Agard
and Patrick Blindauer have a really creative
knack for coming up with original themes.
Matt Gaffney does a great weekly contest
which features a metapuzzle. Ian Livengood
and Josh Knapp make some of the smoothest themeless grids. But if I had to pick one

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the most closely, it would be Patrick Berry.
His puzzles are always fun and they have
basically no junky answers in them.
4. When Im not doing puzzles, I enjoy playing board games with my wife and friends.
Weve been on a kick playing Boss Monster,
7 Wonders, and Betrayal at House on the
Hill for several months now.

Evans weekly crossword appears in the Washington Post Magazine. You can also find examples of his edgier puzzles for free at
www.devilcross.com.

THE GAME LAB

Games and puzzles are a heckuva lotta fun, but they shouldnt be dismissed as frivolous. The three professors polled in this section take play
quite seriously, but theyre also game lovers themselves. To see whats on their minds, we asked them the following questions:
1. How would you characterize the state of games and puzzles in 2016?
2. What facet of games or gamers most interests you at the moment?
3. Is there any particular game or puzzle you especially enjoyed playing in the past year?
4. What are you looking forward to in 2017?
DR. PAUL BOOTH is Associate Professor in the Media and Cinema Studies program at
DePaul University. He studies fandom, games, and popular culture. His most recent book
is Game Play.

1. Board games have become more popular


than ever, with conventions like Gen Con
reaching record numbers, crowdfunding
sites helping thousands of new games
get off the ground, and new locations for

playing and buying games opening around


the country. Im particularly interested to
see how board gaming communities are
becoming more inclusive.
2. I love watching online tutorials and reviews of board games, and Im interested
in learning more about the communities of
players and fans that view these videos. Its
easy to go to BoardGameGeek, a website
devoted to cataloging and developing an
understanding of board games, but I also
like to go to YouTube and watch things like
The Dice Tower or Rahdo Runs Through, or
(my favorite) Watch It Played.
3. I really got hooked on a couple of games
last year. My favorite is Dead of Winter and
I love the new expansion, The Long Night.
Ive also enjoyed playing new games like
Euphoria and Above and Below. But hands

down the game Ive enjoyed the most


this year has been T.I.M.E. Storiesweve
played through three sets now and cant
wait to get into the fourth!
4. Im excited to see what new genres
of games are coming out. I particularly
like heavy themed games, but Ive been
getting more into abstract and Euro-style
games in my academic life. As a player
Im excited about a new board game caf
opening near me, the
Bonus Round Caf, and
my friends new board
game company, Rattlebox
Games, will be releasing
their first game (Cromlech, which I play-tested)
so Im excited to get my
copy of it!

Keep tabs on Dr. Booths research, and the games hes playing, by visiting www.mcsdepaul.com/paul-booth
or following him on Twitter @pbooth81.

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DR. IAN BOGOST is a game maker and professor at Georgia Tech. His most
recent book, Play Anything, came out this fall. Hes also a contributing editor
at The Atlantic.
1. Mass hypocrisy. Theres never been
a time when more people have played
more varieties of games and puzzles
from crosswords to competitive videogames, from spelling bees to Candy
Crush, and yet, at the cultural level, we
still seem to think that games are these
weird diversions played by someone else.
2. Im interested in play as a principle abstracted from games and puzzlesand
sports and music and all the other areas
where we use the verb play. Play as a
property of thingsof anything, from
games to lawnmowers to land use politics to boring jobs to marriageand how
we can make use of the spirit of play to
find novelty in the familiar.
3. Backgammon. Hardly a new game to
history, nor a new game to me. But an
old favorite, which I rekindled interest in
after buying a new set. Its unholy union
of chance and strategy is even more pal-

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materials you chose deliberately (and
perhaps spent too much on). My new
board is tournament size, 21 inches,
which is just preposterously big. The
stones feel like English muffins. It makes
the whole game new.
4. This is going to sound selfish, but its
been a while since I created and released
a new game of my own. My last project
was an online game about sustainable building practices created for a
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DR. SCOTT NICHOLSON, Professor of Game Design


and Development at Wilfrid Laurier University, created
the auction game Going, Going, GONE! He recently published the first scholarly
paper on escape rooms.

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1. Im thrilled to
see the rapid spread of escape
rooms across North America. These live
action team-based games are raising
awareness of the fun of doing puzzles
in groups. Its exciting to see escape
rooms on mainstream television and
continued innovation in the combination of themed entertainment, puzzles,
live-action gaming, and theater!
2. Im taking design concepts from

escape rooms and bringing them to


classrooms, libraries, museums, and
corporate training facilities. The Breakout EDU platform is a tool for bringing
escape rooms into classrooms, and
teachers can share the games they
have made at www.breakoutedu.com.
3. I had a great experience with the
print-and-play role-playing game The
Cloud Dungeon. Its a game where
everyone cuts out and colors a character and works together through a
choose-your-own-adventure style series
of challenges. While its designed for
families, it was a joy bringing 10 serious board game players and designers
around crayons, paste, and scissors and
creating a ridiculous world together.
4. Ive spent the summer with students
creating the challenges for a reality
television show based upon design

concepts of escape rooms. Im looking


forward to seeing the puzzle prototypes we created using paper, string,
KNEX, and Minecraft brought to life
on a soundstage and on TV!

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Follow all of the fun stuff Dr. Nicholson is doing at www.scottnicholson.com and at
www.bgnlab.ca. He also tweets @snicholson.

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CONTEST

WHAT THE HEX


By R. Wayne Schmittberger
First Prize $100
5 Runner-Up Prizes:
A ONE-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO
GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES

n the first small diagram at right, each


set of hexagonal tiles of matching
color forms the corners of a larger
regular hexagon. That is, lines connecting
the centers of these tiles form hexagons
with six sides of equal length, as shown
in the second small diagram.
In the large diagram, there are no
sets of six same-color tiles that form
the corners of a regular hexagon. If the
locations of two particular pairs of tiles
are switched, however, the diagram will
contain four sets of six same-colored tiles,
such that each set forms the corners of
a regular hexagon. The object of this
contest is to determine which two pairs
of tiles must be switched to make this
happen. The hexagons formed may have
any sizes and any orientations.
The solution to the contest is the
coordinates of the four tiles that will
change locations. The coordinates of a
tile consist of a letter (from a through
k) indicating its column, followed by a
number (from 1 through 11) indicating
its upper-left-to-lower right row. For
example, the coordinates of the six
corners, clockwise from the bottom, are:
f1, a1, a6, f11, k11, and k6.
To enter, send the solution, along with
your name and address, to: What the Hex
Contest, GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES,
P.O. Box 184, Fort Washington, PA 19034.
Entries must be received by January 3,
2017. You may enter as many times as
you like, but each entry must be mailed
separately. The winner will be chosen by
random draw from among the correct
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NEW ROLE-PLAYING CONNECTIONS


FROM MAY

ays edition of our RolePlaying contest featured


two new twists. As usual,
each orange square in the diagram
represented a film and each yellow
circle represented an actor, who could
be male or female.
As in previous Role-Playing contests,
a line could connect an actor to a
film, indicating that the actor had a
role in that film. Butthese are the
twistsa line could also connect two
films, indicating that they had the same
director, or two actors, indicating that
the actors are either siblings or are
parent and child.
The numbers in each circle indicated
how many letters are in the first and last
names of the actor, while the numbers
in each square told you the number of
letters in each word of the films title,
in order.
The nine circles and squares near the
center of the diagram had question
marks instead of enumerations. The
object of the contest was to determine
what four films and five actors or
actresses were represented by those
question marks.
The completed diagram is shown
at right, with the contest answers
highlighted in yellow. The four films
are The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,
Panic Room, Seven (or Se7en; either was
acceptable), and The Social Network.
The five actors are Joely Richardson,
Stellan Skarsgrd, Christopher Plummer,
Daniel Craig, and Rooney Mara.
We received 576 entries, the vast
majority of which gave all nine correct
answers. Congratulations to the winner
of the $100 first prize, John Ringler of
Metuchen, NJ. Runner-up prizes of a
years subscription to GAMES WORLD
OF PUZZLES (or an additional year
for current subscribers) go to: Laurie
Kieffaber Cornett, N. Manchester, IN;
Michael H. Douglas, Redondo Beach,
CA; Jerry Fogle, Simpsonville, SC; Kelly
Ann Kelly, Fayetteville, NY; and Victor
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people believe its an
attempt to relive the past.
There are academics who suggest it
might just be an aesthetic predilection,
the need to make something complete, or an iconoclastic aim at individuality. In support of the individuality claim, a recent web search turned
up collections of airplane barf bags,
Do Not Disturb signs, sugar packets,
and back scratchers.
Perhaps people are genetically
selected to collect. Dr. Steven Anderson,
a neurologist at the University of Iowa,
says, our need to collect may harken
back to an earlier point in our evolution, since many animals hoard things,
especially food.
Of course, there may be a simpler
explanation: People have an interest or
innate connection with whatever they
are collecting. Perhaps its the siren
song of nostalgiaa longing to be
connected with things that long ago
made you feel whole and good.
For Desi Scarpone, a Mesa, Arizonabased board game collector, gathering
things from the past just makes him
happy. This genial games guy feels that
it can be a harsh world, and games
distract from reality.
Scarpone has been collecting for
several decades, starting in the 1980s.

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Uncle Aldos was a wondrous adventure


of discoveryeven if Aldos penchant
for collecting exasperated other members of the family. But for Scarpone,
the seeds of collecting were planted.
The board games Scarpone played as
a kid were bought by his parents for
Desi and his siblings. The family held
several weekly game nights; some of
their favorites were Monopoly,
Masterpiece, and Dealers Choice. With
friends, Scarpone would play Tip-It and
Tiger Island.
His personal favorites as a lad included Super Spy, Fantastic Voyage, The
Ipcress File, and several horror games
that he clearly still has a predilection
for. A sampling of these include: Green
Ghost, Barnabas Collins Dark Shadows
game, and his all-time favorite, Voice
of the Mummy, which he played by
himself for hours on end.
But, while Scarpone was attending
film school at UCLA, his mom gave him
an ultimatum: Come pick up all your
games or Ill throw them out. Thats
how the Collector lost his first collection.

Today, his collection numbers nearly


7,000 board games. And in a nod to the
evolutionary theory as a basis for collecting, Scarpone suggests that his
passion may indeed be in his DNA.
Scarpones Uncle Aldo likely started
him on the path to collecting. Aldo was
the family patriarch, a boisterous and
charismatic Marine wounded in World
War II. He worked in a southern
California auction house and many of
the goods for sale ended upat Aldos
house. Thats where little Desi became Game On
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he went into the toy department of a
store and saw a shiny, new edition of
Tip-It. He played the game with his wife
and enjoyed the nostalgic feel it brought
back from playing Tip-It as a kid.
Later, at a flea market, he came upon
an original game of Tip-It and was
wowed at how different it looked from
the current version. The pieces were
different; the artwork and graphics
were different; even the way the pieces
were stored in the box was different.
Cue the music from Citizen Kane and
a voice-over of the word Rosebud.
Scarpone remembers: It called to me.
And being that it called to me for only
a dollar, I bought it. After that, I became
obsessed with finding all those other
games from my childhood. It was
game onhis passion for board games
had advanced way beyond Go.
Scarpone built his collection by going
to swap meets and antique stores, by
word of mouth, and then eventually
the Internet. The Collector has his own
website called Games Gone By
(www.4gamesgoneby.com), where he
sells board games along with two books
on board games that hes authored.
Unlike many collectors, Scarpone
does not have a problem de-acquisitioning games from his collection, as
long as they are duplicates. There are
some games, however, that he just
wont sell, including The Creature from
the Black Lagoon Mystery Game, the
Elvis Presley Game from 1956 (the only
board game about Elvis produced while
he was still living), and Voice of the

Mummy, of which he has 10 copies.


Why? He just likes having them all
together. Besides, he says selling any of
those games would be like losing a
part of me.
Money is an object for Scarpone
when it comes to buying games. There
is a difference in what I want and what
Ill pay. He suggests there are some
games, such as Hasbros Phantom of the
Opera, that he may pony up a lot for.
And, when pressed, he admits to paying $2,000 for a copy of The Creature
of the Black Lagoon.
There are some white whalesi.e.,
rare board gamesthat he is on the
lookout for. For example, there is
Dictator, a 1939 game that is a forerunner of Risk. The goal is to take over the
world by wielding political, economic,
and military power. The timing of the
games release was spot-on considering
the dire events clouding Europe in the
late 1930s.

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Naturally, the Collector has certain
games that are favorites. Talking about
Voice of the Mummy, clearly still his
beloved, Scarpone becomes rhapsodic:
Oh my God, it is super cool. Even kids
raised on video games love it. He also
holds dear The Creature from the Black
Lagoon Mystery Game and the Mummy
Mystery Game.
He still loves Skittle Bowl, too. Other
favorites are Dogfight and Risk. And be
on the lookout for The Game of Yertle
(based on Dr. Seusss Yertle the Turtle)
and The Jetsons Fun Pad Game, he
advisesboth are really fun.
Scarpone still likes to play games. He
now holds vintage board game nights
with friends. He acknowledges his
competitive streak: Yes, I like to win.
But I try not to be a jerk about it.
Scarpone devotes wall space in his
home to displaying games that are
visually interesting, unusual, or just call
to him. These include Cherry Ames
Nursing Game, That Girl (which he had
to buy three copies of to make a complete set), Lost in Space, the Joe
Palooka Boxing Game, and Eloping,
made by Game Creations in 1946, featuring pieces made of plastic, a newfangled material at the time.
Eloping was created by bridge maven
Ely Culbertson. Culbertson once wrote,
Many of my bridge fans have told me
they find Eloping a welcome change
from the routine of Bridge. Scarpone
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of her own.
Another highlight of Scarpones collection is his oldest game, McLoughlin
Brothers Fish Pond, which dates back
to the 1890s.
For some collectors, finding games
that are sealed in the box adds tremendous value. Though thats not
necessarily a draw for Scarpone, he
does have a few games with cellophane
still sealing the pieces on the inside. He
also once bought a box of Milton
Bradley games that featured eight
unopened copies of Kreskins ESP. It
doesnt take a psychic to know that
those are quite valuable!
Scarpone describes himself as a
visual person who is attracted to artwork in board games, particularly vintage games. One game he points to is
called Hollywood Spin, which features
an Art Deco Hollywood in the mid1940s and is incredibly beautiful.
A company he admires for making
beautiful games is Cadaco-Ellis, which
operated from the 1930s until the 70s.
The covers and boards feature remarkable juxtapositions of colors, shapes,
and fonts, according to Scarpone.
He also cites the simplistic artwork
from Remco Industries as being exceptional. Many of their games, such as
Shmo and Pinhead, were intended for
a younger audience. Remco also produced Fascination: The Electric Maze
Game in 1961, which, aside from being
an electric experience, features cool
fonts and design on the cover.

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and Books, He Wrote
Scarpones life has not been all about
games. He worked as a production
coordinator, then a production assistant, for nearly 250 episodes on TVs
Murder, She Wrote, from 1985 to 1996.
He also has directed, with his favorite
genre being horror. Among his film
credits are Deadfall and Dark Town, in
which vampires overrun a quiet suburban town.
Scarpone has penned two books on
board games. His first book, Board
Games, has over 1,500 photographs of
board games, along with thumbnail
descriptions of the games and a pricing
guide. The games date from the 1930s
through the 80s; a special chapter is
devoted to Monopoly.
His follow-up book, More Board
Games, features over 1,000 pictures
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also has a special feature on Remco


Industries. Both books are published by
Schiffer Publishing. If you need to know
how much your vintage Magilla Gorilla
game is worth or want to read about
its history, then pick up one of
Scarpones books.
And if you ever find yourself in Mesa,
Arizona, stop by Uncle Aldos Attic,
Scarpones brick-and-mortar store. Like
his uncles home, Scarpones shop holds
a phantasmagoria of compelling collectibles. In addition to board games,
he sells vintage vinyl records, toys,
costumes, Disney memorabilia, and lots
of vinyl figurines such as the Bobs Big
Boy mascot and a yabba-dabba-doo
Fred Flintsone.
Why Keep, Why Collect?
Why do we keep, why do we collect?
Collectors curate memories. In thinking
about these games its nearly impossible not to be ta ken back to an earlier,
more joyful time of hiding money
under the Monopoly board, strategizing at Stratego, or being transported
to other worlds playing Transograms
Green Ghost, a mystery game that
glowed in the dark.
Scarpone has started to give some
thought to what will happen to his
games once hes flicked his last spinner. Perhaps, he offers, the games
might make the foundation of a
museum. Until then, Scarpone and his
collection safeguard evocative memories for all who have uttered the
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2 wds.
One whos not bound by
contract: 2 wds.
12 Sondheims Sweeney
Electrolysis particles
19 Church cries
Shady deals
20 Domicile
Joule per second
21 Wife or hubby: 2 wds.

Trinity-rejecting believer
22 Like PC whizzes: Hyph.
Wild trumpeters
24 Prefix or suffix
meaning skin
Name on a car battery
27 Ta-ta!
Bangkok natives
28 Weight-loss pills, e.g.:
2 wds.
Supreme Court nine
29 Comical Johnson
Growth on a rock
31 One moving on all fours
Snakes and steam irons,
soundwise
35 Popsicle flavor
Show for sure
37 Tea variety
Raines of old Hollywood
38 Formerly, formerly
Musk of Tesla
40 East Asian desert
The Daily Show host Trevor
43 Thumbs-up vote
Ply the needle
44 Rugged truck, briefly
Whole lot
45 Body design, briefly
Born as
46 Blasters stuff
___-Z (total): 2 wds.

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BIRDWATCHING

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BY R. WAYNE SCHMITTBERGER

even guests (Beth, Charles, David, Frank, Jessica, Karen, and Taylor) are gathered at the customary Friday evening dinner.
Gordon addresses the group: Early this morning Nina, Nolan, and I went birdwatching. We had identified five good
places for seeing some interesting species, and each of us visited three of these places. We observed a total of 19 species,
each of which could only be seen at one of the five locations. Each of us spent time at just three of the five locations, so we
did not all see the same birds.
Nina continues: Tomorrow wed like each of you to go birdwatching as we did. Pick three of the five good birdwatching
spotsDuck Island, Lookout Point, North Hill, the pond, and the windmilland try to observe the same species we did. In the
library youll find a checklist of the 19 species to look for, as well as bird books and binoculars. When you return, please give
your checklists to Gordon or me.
By late Saturday morning each guest had visited three of the five locations. Gordon and Nina used the information on each
guests checklist to create the following puzzle. From the clues below, can you determine which bird species were observed by
each guest, and the location where each species was seen?
ANSWER, PAGE 77
1. Of the 10 people who went birdwatchingGordon, Nina, and Nolan on Friday, and the seven guests on Saturdayno
two visited exactly the same set of three locations, and no two ended up seeing the same number of species.
2. The same bird species were present at the same locations both Friday and Saturday, and every guest successfully
observed every possible species at each location he or she visited.
3. There was at least one species at each of the five locations, and no two locations had the same number of species.
4. Of the 19 total species the guests were observing, the fewest species seen by a guest was 6, and the most was 16.
On Friday Gordon saw 10 species, Nina 11, and Nolan 13.
5. More guests saw a great blue heron than a bluebird, and only three guests saw an osprey.
6. Charles and Jessica were the only guests not to visit the pond.
7. Beth and Taylor were the only guests not to visit the windmill.
8. Beth, David, and Jessica each saw a killdeer.
9. All the guests except Frank, Karen, and Taylor saw a ring-necked pheasant at North Hill.
10. Both Beth and Jessica saw a pelican.
11. At one location guests saw a bluebird, a laughing gull, a red-winged blackbird, and a roseate tern.
12. At one location guests saw an eastern meadlowlark, a great blue heron, a hummingbird, and a pair of mallard ducks.
13. Mourning doves were seen by Beth, Frank, Jessica, and Taylor, but not by the other three guests.
14. The only two guests to see both an indigo bunting and a woodpecker were Beth and Jessica; the only guest to
see both a purple martin and a woodpecker was Charles; and the only guest to see both an indigo bunting and a
purple martin was Taylor.
15. The only species seen by both Jessica and Karen was a screech owl.
16. The indigo bunting was not seen at Lookout Point, but it was in the same location as the yellow warbler.
17. The white ibis and the pelican were in different locations.
18. More species were seen at Duck Island than at North Hill.

Excerpt reprinted with permission from MONTAGUE ISLAND MYSTERIES AND OTHER LOGIC PUZZLES, (c) 2016 by
R. Wayne Schmittberger. Published in 2016 by Puzzlewright Press, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. All rights reserved.

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FROM MONTAGUE ISLAND MYSTERIES AND OTHER LOGIC PUZZLES

bluebird
eastern meadowlark
great blue heron
hummingbird
indigo bunting
killdeer
laughing gull
mallard duck
mourning dove
osprey
pelican
purple martin
red-winged blackbird
ring-necked pheasant
roseate tern
screech owl
white ibis
woodpecker
yellow warbler
Duck Island
Lookout Point
North Hill
pond
windmill

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These eight puzzles feature a unique blend of logic and art. The numbers are all you need to determine which squares should
be filled in to form a picture. Heres how its done:
The numbers outside each row and column tell you how many groups of black squares there are in that line and, in order,
how many consecutive black squares there are in each group. For example, 4 5 9 2 tells you that there will be four groups
that will contain, in order, 4, 5, 9, and 2 consecutive black squares. The fact that the numbers are separated tells you that
there is at least one empty square between them. (There may also be empty squares at the ends of lines.) The trick is to figure
out how many empty squares come between the black ones.
Heres a starting hint: When theres a single number in a row and that number is greater than half the number of squares
in the row, you can fill in one or more center squares. For example, in the sample below (Figure 1), which is 10 squares wide,
the sixth and seventh rows each have the number 8. No matter how you place eight consecutive black squares in a row, the
middle six squares will be filled in (Figure 2). Similar logic can be used to start a line that has more than one number in it. In
the sample, the third column contains the numbers 1 6. The single black square and the following empty square must take
up at least two squares above the 6. No matter how they get placed, the fifth through eighth squares of the column will be
black (Figure 3). Figure 4 shows the completed picture.
ANSWERS, PAGE 78

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CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 1

BY FRASER SIMPSON

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Each clue in a cryptic crossword has two parts: a definition of the answer and an indication of the answers literal makeup via
wordplay. Either half may come first; finding the dividing point between the two parts is the key to solving. On page 61, eight
common methods by which hints are given via wordplay are described; any combination of these gimmicks may be used.
Expect to see references to abbreviations (doctor for DR, Hawaii for HI, or university for U), chemical symbols (iron for Fe),
Roman numerals (five for V), and parts of words (end of year for R, head of cabbage for C, or heart of stone for O). A clue
with an exclamation point may be whats called an & lit. clue, in which the two halves overlap, so the whole clue is both a
definition and a cryptic indication of the answer, as in Terribly angered! for ENRAGED (see anagrams on page 61). Give
these puzzles a try!
ANSWERS, PAGE 79

./hi,..
'ilif

m linn,
1

iiiht,

,. 11111},

'in/.

,/tii,..

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. nil...
5

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ACROSS
1 Furniture protector
from Warsaw (6)
4 Act IV: One good
man is civil rights
campaigner (8)
10 Eliminate half of
area in a ring (7)
11 Gemstone catches
involuntary movement

of the eyes (7)


12 Crosbys taking in
less fortune (9)
13 Out of bed,
dismantling siren (5)
14 Saving time and
money reconstructing
switches (7,7)
17 Groups of stars in line on
lots, cast in Frenzy (14)

21 Heard crying in
stories (5)
22 Opinion delivered
about nations first
newsmagazine (9)
24 Sugar pill put down by
Ms. Derek (7)
25 First off, perfectionist
is someone who
makes you laugh (7)

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tu

wm

26 Singer sued ITT, upset


about termination of
patent (8)
27 Subject includes
front of restricted
zone (6)
DOWN
1 Check recording of
capably positioned
king (4,4)
2 Liberal altered line
ten (7)
3 Accidentally loses parts
of shoes (5)
5 Help to reproduce
Secret Service
survey amid stormy
reaction (5-9)
6 Laced intern holds
top from Kahlua
over it (9)
7 Corn is crushed
under one tooth (7)
8 Gift Capone put
inside big top (6)
9 Unusually gross sins
arent infractions (14)
15 Demanding firm
accepts little
sister (9)
16 Mysterious tie
score broken (8)
18 Run in interloper at
exhibit (7)
19 Lover misinterpreted
Associated Press
coverage (7)
20 Dopey puts up
with name
badge (6)
23 Acquire
fashionable
dog (5)

For tips on solving cryptic crosswords, send a stamped return envelope to Cryptic Solving Guide, GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES, P.O. Box 184, Fort Washington, PA 19034.

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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 clue always contains a word or phrase indicating
the deletion. Examples: Uncovered bent charm for
ENCHANT, a beheadment of PENCHANT; Fiery bird
without a tail for FLAMING, a curtailment of FLAMINGO;
and Heartless miserly bloke for CHAP, an internal
deletion of CHEAP.
Charades: The answer is broken into smaller words
that are clued individually, as in Auto animal for
CARPET.
Containers: A word such as PATIENTS contains TIE
1

BY HARVEY ESTES

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inside PANTS, so it might be clued as Hospital residents


make knots in trousers.
Hidden answers: The answer may appear intact,
albeit camouflaged, in the clue. Example: Myopic
colonel clutches flute for PICCOLO (myopic colonel).
Homophones: A word that sounds like the answer
indicated by use of a giveaway phrase such as We
hear or as they say. Example: Counted frozen
chicken out loud for NUMBERED (numb bird).
Reversals: A synonym for backward or overturn
in a clue may indicate a reversal, as in Returned beer
fit for a king (LAGER reversed) for REGAL.
Double definitions: This type of clue has no
wordplay half; instead, it has two definition halves.
Example: Scooter was blue for MOPED. ANSWERS, PAGE 79
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ACROSS
1 Sassy kids with
trendier small people
snoozing? (15)
9 Provocative hill
dweller following
crazy quip (7)
10 Farm machine and
garbage truck in
reverse (7)
11 Bankrupt one in
campaign (4)

12 Explorer cried
wildly about that
place (4,3,3)
14 Prelate put one-third
of Bibles in front
of store (6)
15 Desperate way to
leave item on a craps
table (2-2-3)
18 Hoarse Nicaraguans
smuggling deadly
substance (7)

20 Leader of group
bends and gathers
leftovers (6)
22 Tenor Mario
upset singing
actress (4,6)
24 Jane Austen novel
repulsed me and
mother (4)
26 Recalled encounters
including stylish
feminist writer (7)

27 Head of cabbage in
broths chopped up for
vegetable soup (7)
28 Leader handed net out
in sewers (6,3,6)
DOWN
1 In show I
personalized
auto parts (6)
2 Questions held by
quantities of paper
about yours truly (9)
3 Appeal to one being
chased, we hear (4)
4 Leave sailor building
rickety house (7)
5 Spotted, like an
unfinished cake? (7)
6 Apes hurt owl with
kids weapon (10)
7 Log from fallen tree
holding tip of nail (5)
8 Document destroyer is
more embarrassed after
hush (8)
13 Great level of acidity
turned flower large (10)
16 Note title Guevara
for actor (3,6)
17 Refusal from a soldier
with bit of cloth raised
for troops at a fort (8)
19 Exclamation from a
Mexican auto running
over a business school
grad (7)
20 Turned bondage in
knots (4,3)
21 Colorless bit in
newspaper item (4,2)
23 Topic for those people:
energy (5)
25 Principal month after
the first (4)

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PEARL RINGS

BY BOB STIGGER

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The shaded rings are set with pearlspearls of wisdom, that isthat are not clued. Specifically, the outer ring contains three
aphorisms, starting in square A and proceeding counterclockwise. The first phrase ends in the 11th square of the leftmost
column; the third phrase begins in the fifth square of the rightmost column. The inner ring contains one aphorism, starting in
square B and proceeding clockwise. The completed rings are described by the unclued two-word central Across entry.
ANSWERS, PAGE 79

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ACROSS
7 Third piece of advice given to a
doctor: better CYA with legal
representation (8)
8 Applaud Nobel laureate Elihu (4)
9 007s boss requests information
about disguises (5)
10 Finish in cellar breaks Miami
teams spirits (6)
11 Friday Night Lights star Chandler joins
Kentucky legislature (4)
12 Skin-care product company in
Spain Ive acquired (5)
13 Turners gathered oxygen and
iodine atoms (5)
15 Reporters observed and quoted (5)
16 Pro football team brought about
barroom brawls (8)
17 Return bat, finally, to baseball
hall-of-famer Mel (3)

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Almost detest headgear (3)


Complete failure ruined close pal (8)
A new page, wide open (5)
News from a spy tech firm (5)
Gore is the leader of Tennessees
most prominent group (1-4)
Joshs children (4)
Metal-coated planes first
Delta ordered (6)
Companys accepting limits of
Eckerd students (5)
A span of time belonging to us,
say (4)
Office-building night crew authorizes
taking on a couple of newbies (8)

DOWN
1 Racetrack situated in Chino Valley (4)
2 Sonic has the skinny proboscis (4)
3 Opry towns ill-shaven punk (9)

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4 A bit of hurting inside one! (4)


5 Characteristics I found
in start-up (6)
6 Distinguished? Not Mayor Koch (5)
9 Tips to make your old-fashioned
pince-nez into answer for
nearsightedness (6)
14 A dessert thats sweet and sour (4)
15 Terribly close case comes together (9)
17 Type of oven employed
in roasting (4)
18 Some garments essentially contain
worthless plants (6)
20 Cubas numero uno
baseball player (6)
21 Admit everything? Ouch (5)
24 Struggling deli is not busy (4)
25 Superman casts right behind
filmmaker Burns (4)
26 Aide improved concept (4)

BAR-HOPPING fff

BY ADAM FROMM

After a hard day of puzzling, nothing beats a little bar-hopping! Seventeen of the answers that either start or end at the
red bar surrounding the grid are one letter too long for their assigned spaces. To make them fit, theyll have to hop the bar,
fitting what they can into their slot, and pushing the letter nearest the bar outside the grid. In each case, the portion of the
entry that fits into the grid is also a word. For example, if SAMPLE is in a space that starts at the red bar, but the space only
has five squares, the S will be left dangling outside the box, while AMPLE fits snugly inside.
The clues for the bar-hopping answers are different as well: Unlike most cryptic clues, these will have three parts: the
cryptic clue and definition for the full entry, plus the definition for the shorter word. These parts may appear in any order.
Going back to our example, SAMPLE might be clued as Taste enough processed maples, where processed maples and
taste are the wordplay and definition for SAMPLE respectively, and enough is the definition for AMPLE.
When youre done, the letters outside the grid will tell you where all this bar-hopping will leave you.
ANSWERS, PAGE 80
ACROSS
1 Name changed?
Thank heavens
5 Lowest-level infielders
bent about Ames pitching
11 Nervous Conservative
overcome by time with
Yumas first Wiccan
12 Famed rapper skips
opener and closer in place
where they dig rock
13 Changes exits outside
Connecticut
15 Looking back,
Shakespeare, for one,
is boring
17 Catch girl with love
18 Classic tapered element
of portico niche
19 Guess the future of public
relations order
20 Ruin hairdo parted with
good left slant
22 Citrus-melon shakes
24 Synthetic fabric or scrap
of linen being worn
25 Coppers detect talking
27 Lie about Hawaiian is low
andum
30 Fireplace core: hot dirt
31 Rumble wrecked
brown wood
33 Journey concert shirt no
longer green? Nonsense
36 Pauly Shore movie
memoir: Act With Me
(Hyph.)
37 Mostly delete periods
38 Inductee using minute
piece of hot coal
39 G-men interrupting
set piece
40 Lack of difficulty sculpting
seal around empty
artists stand
DOWN
1 Amazed second of
bachelors got hitched
2 Tossed moronic Greek
character a short
distance

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3 Raised bet by volcano


4 Ring piercing? Stylish!
Excellent decision
6 Starve after chewing
larger flower
7 Made off with fur
8 Assignment is in
some Mad issue
9 Rips Warren Beatty film
featuring first of new
finales
10 Guy who hires his
kids to step in after
reorganization
14 Limit working
with poultry

40

16 Buckbeak?
18 Clauses poorly covered
one of Papas pills
21 Talk with tavern guy at
first about random
bunch of stuff (2 wds.)
22 Ancient ship dropped
below lake slowly
23 Run into horde from
the South
25 Mythical creature race
messily devours that guy,
a bell-ringer
26 Takes a stab at
describing British
clans

28 Pushed Bush
advisor supporting
Democrat
29 Cut off connective
tissue, not from the
side (Hyph.)
32 Additional lore
rewritten after sample
of magic mushroom
34 Repackage Country
Singer magazine
containing live
retrospective
35 Initially pick up Red
Eagle espresso blend,
with no additives

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63

YOUR

WORD AGAINST MINE: BIG MONEY

AND

MADNESS

PEACHY

s I stepped out of the airport, the June Atlanta heat


was overwhelming. I didnt much care, though. I
located the hotel shuttle and rode a few short miles,
during which I continued to study my flash cards. The letters
ELORSSTU quickly turned into SOULSTER (a soul singer);
EEELRSTV yielded VERSELET and LEVERETS. The van stopped
at the hotel and I walked inside only to find complete chaos
in the lobby. The check-in lines were almost comically long;
the hotels electronic system was down. People were being
checked in by hand, and it was taking about 10 minutes per
person. I stood at the back of the line, thankfully with some
other Scrabble players Id known for years.
An acquaintance asked how I thought Id do in this High
Stakes event. The entry fee was $500, much more than the
$100 or $150 a tournament normally costs to enter. As a
result, only 14 elite players had signed up. I responded truthfully, Im not expecting much. But big events like this one
are rare and exciting and they deserve to be supported. Plus,
you never know.
An hour later, I was in my room reminding myself just how
elite this group of 14 players was. Matthew Tunnicliffe, traveling from Ottawa, is the 2015 National (North American)
champion. David Gibson, a former champion, is currently
viewed as the strongest player in the U.S. Joel Sherman has
won both a World Championship and a National Championship.
Joe Edley is a three-time national champ. I was rated 12th of
these 14 players, and that felt right to me.
The tournament started the next morning. I played well for
most of Game 1, until a terrible sequence nearly sunk me. I
accepted a play that was phony (TROMPER) and then followed
that up with a high-scoring play that allowed my opponent a
spot to score too much in return. I should have played the same
word more defensively. A lead that should have been 100 points
was now only 10, and my letters were terrible. So I played a
small defensive play and just hoped that my opponent did not
already have the S and/or the Z on his rack. It would be hard
to win if he did. And wow, wish grantedthe three tiles I
picked after my defensive play included both the S and the Z.
I held on for a tight win.
After also winning my second game, Round 3 was my firstever battle with defensive master David Gibson. This game
began with him making a small play, me having to exchange
some terrible tiles, and then him playing a bingo. I was down
90 without playing a word. I did play a bingo a couple of turns
later (RELINING), cutting my deficit to 50, but then made the
kind of mistake that should have cost me the game; my letters
were ACEGINS and I spotted one seven-letter word (CEASING)
but inexplicably missed the other one (INCAGES). INCAGES
was the one that would have fit the board, CEASING did not.
David, however, was struggling to score points and I did
finally get a bingo down a few turns later (MOANERS), putting
me ahead slightly. We each scored consistently the rest of the
way, but big plays with the Z (MAZY) and the X (VOX) won it
for me, by 10.
This feeling of having just enough happen for me to win
would last a while longer. I eked out an 11-point win in round
4, threw down two consecutive bingos late in game 5 to beat

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Joe Edley, played three bingos and scored 505 points to beat
Matthew Tunnicliffe in round 7 (even though I had lost two
turns to invalid words that he challenged off of the board). By
the tournaments midway point, I was shocked to be 10-2 and
in first place. But a few players were right behind me at 9-3,
and my luck would soon change.
I won only one of my next three games, two of which were
not close. And I again failed to challenge a phony bingo. This
has already been a thememy opponents simply have better
word knowledge than I. So far it hadnt hurt me too much,
but its a very poor strategy to give better players additional
turns and points.
With an 11-4 record, I then had a rematch against Will
Anderson, who is a relentless bingo-finding machine. Will took
control with plays like ABAXIAL, RIESLING, and GEMSTONE.
But I fought hard, and with a blank on my rack, I made a bold
play, placing a T in the first column, one spot below the triple
word score. It was time to just hope that Will had a bad rack.
And I caught a breakhis rack was so bad he had to exchange
tiles! Unfortunately for me, though, I couldnt use that spot I
had created eitherI had to play my bingo in a completely
different part of the board, cutting Wills lead to just 14. His
response? The triple-triple STARTLED in the very spot I had
openedfor 140 points! And then for comic relief, his following play was LITERARY for 86 more. I lost 608-405. 11-5, 3rd
place, eight games to go.
The next six games were not particularly eventful; I only won
two of them. Thus, I was down to 13-9, having lost seven of
10. After my hot start, I would now need back-to-back wins
to end this tournament if I was going to win a high prize. In
the penultimate round, I was down early, partially because I
challenged a word (VELARS) that was legitimate; I had thought
VELAR was an adjective but it is in fact a noun (a speech sound).
But I ended the game with a flurry of big plays, including the
bingo HIRSUTE for 92, and pulled out a win.
With first place already decided (a Toronto-area player named
Lloyd Mills had clinched itand $3000), my last game would
be a battle for second place (and $1700). The loser would
likely fall to fourth, winning only $500. Fortunately for me, I
was able to pull ahead early when I played a 75-point bingo
using both blanks (FALLING), and Will never could get enough
going to catch up to me. I won the game 353-308, and was
delighted to have come home with 2nd place.
Scrabble is a funny game. Some top players like to run
simulations on the games theyve played to see how close to
optimally they perform. And of course, it isnt possible to play
perfectly; mistakes will always happen. When I think about my
own games, I see the mistakes. I dont pat myself on the back
for the solid plays I do make. Theyre expected. But I do see
the times I found the word CEASING but missed INCAGES, I
see four- or five-letter words that I wanted to play, but didnt
because I wasnt sure they were valid (hint to self: they usually are valid). And I assume that others will defeat me because
of these things. But I dont take into account the fact that my
opponents miss plays too, that they dont have perfect word
knowledge either, and that in some games, luck tilts my way.
It sure is fun when that happens. Q

BY SCOTT APPEL

ITS MADNESS, I TELL YOU

ust a few weeks after the Atlanta High Stakes Tournament, I


headed to Delaware for the annual Mildness/Madness tourney.
Most people opt for Mildness, which means 21 games over a
three-day weekenda fairly standard number of games for a weekend tournament. A dozen nutcases (like myself) thought that 21
wasnt enough, though, and opted to play thirty-nine. This meant
16 games on Friday, 16 more on Saturday, and 7 on Sunday. Playing
16 games in a day is no small feat; we have to start at 7 a.m. and
play until 11 p.m. (though there are meal breaks). I had heard of
tournaments like this in the past and thought the players were crazy,
yet here I was.
These 12 daring souls were a nice sampling of the Scrabble community. Four experts, five intermediates, and three on the intermediate/novice borderline. But all were there because of their love of the
game and to have fun. As for my chances of winning? I considered
myself second most likely to win, behind Joey Krafchick, a 21-year-old
player who had been winning tournaments rather regularly.
But first, I would vault into first place, winning my first 12 games
against some of the lower-rated players. Included in those, though,
were some crazy close games, including two where I thought for
sure I was doomed. One of them featured the most exciting play in
Scrabblewhen you have to find a bingo on your very last turn to
win the game. In this case, the only possible bingo spot was through
an I that had to be either 7th or 8th in the word. Not easy, but I
luckily had a word that fit that description: TREENAIL. I won 449-441.
Joey Krafchick beat me in round 13, but I then won my next 13
games after that, putting me at 25-1. Joey was 20-6 and in 2nd
place. I was happy to have the five-game lead with 13 to play, but I
also knew that I would still have to play Joey many times.
The first three of those games against Joey went very badly. He
was completely ready to dominate, and the tile gods seemed to be
behind him as well. I lost those three games by 85 points, 314 points,
and 98 points. WhoaI was now 28-6 and Joey was 27-7, with five
games left to play. Would I be able to hold on? And what was going
on here? I didnt feel tired, even though I should have after 32 games
over the past two days, whereas Joey actually looked tired. Why was
I getting steamrolled?
Joey and I each split our next two games (against other players).
This set us up for a showdown the last three games: Whoever would
win two of three would be the champ. The first of the three was the
game that still stings; my opening rack was DIOPRT?. I played
TRIPODS, but I should have played TRIPODY instead, making the
blank a Y. Joey then played a word that ended in the S I gave him,
which helped him score more points and more quickly improve his
rack. He simply wouldnt have had as good a play without that S
available to him. I also chickened out on the word ATONIC, playing
TONIC instead, also costing me. I made other mistakes as well. The
sum of my errors that game were way more than the 18 points I lost
by. I gave him a gift, one that was far too giving.
I would win the next game to keep my hopes of winning the
tournament alive, but Joey jumped out to an early lead in the deciding game and I couldnt catch up. So, again, second place for me
but less delight this time. In expert Scrabble, there are games you will
win because you get good tiles and games you will lose because you
do not. But the games that are up for grabs, thats when you really
need to minimize blunders. Which in this case, and perhaps because
of all the madness, I simply did not do. Q

PLAY WITH THE PROS


Here are some racks that came up in my games during
the two tournaments (that I did not already mention).
Can you find the valid words in each? All answers are
common words.
ANSWERS, PAGE 75
Example: EIKOORS ROOKIES
1. BEEEILSV
_____________________________________________
2. CEEIORT
_____________________________________________
3. A EEG LRTU
_____________________________________________
4. A D D EIN OR
_____________________________________________
5. A CN OTU
_____________________________________________
6. CD D EIIN T
_____________________________________________
7. A EEG ILM
_____________________________________________
8. A CEEN N ST
_____________________________________________
9. A CEQU RT
_____________________________________________
10. A EIN ORSV
_____________________________________________
11. A CEFIN N D
_____________________________________________
12. A BEN OSY
_____________________________________________
13. EEG H IIST
_____________________________________________
14. A EG N OOR
_____________________________________________
15. D EFN OST
_____________________________________________
16. CLN OORT
_____________________________________________
17. A CITU Y
_____________________________________________
18. A CD EEIN V
_____________________________________________
19. EEERSTWZ
_____________________________________________
20. EEIRSTZ
_____________________________________________

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FAMILY REUNIONS ?9

BY REGIS MODESTA

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, HAIRDO, and ADVANCE, you could drop the N from HAUNT to get UTAH, drop the R from HAIRDO for IDAHO,
and drop the C from ADVANCE to get NEVADA, all in the category U.S. states. Can you reunite each family by
determining the category for each and unscrambling the 10 entries? Answers include one two-word phrase. If you need
help getting started, a list of the four categories appears on page 79.
ANSWERS, PAGE 80

FAMILY ONE

Category:

_______________________

FAMILY TWO

Category:

_______________________

1. MURK

_______________________

1. AWRY

_______________________

2. ZING

_______________________

2. SWITCH

_______________________

3. ASKEW

_______________________

3. BRIGADE

_______________________

4. DREAM

_______________________

4. CHEQUER

_______________________

5. EMBER

_______________________

5. FOGYISH

_______________________

6. SINEW

_______________________

6. HAMSTER

_______________________

7. CREDIT

_______________________

7. MASONIC

_______________________

8. SUCCOTH

_______________________

8. PASSADE

_______________________

9. EQUALITY

_______________________

9. CANTATAS

_______________________

10. THEBAINES

_______________________

10. PHENOLICS

_______________________

FAMILY THREE

FAMILY FOUR

Category:

_______________________

1. LADY

_______________________

1. ROGUE

_______________________

2. ZONE

_______________________

2. YODEL

_______________________

3. KREWE

_______________________

3. EXPORT

_______________________

4. ROUGH

_______________________

4. NEARBY

_______________________

5. WEARY

_______________________

5. TWEEDY

_______________________

6. CHEAPO

_______________________

6. UNREAD

_______________________

7. ACCEDED

_______________________

7. ANYMORE

_______________________

8. BITUMEN

_______________________

8. NORLAND

_______________________

9. SCORNED

_______________________

9. LEMONADE

_______________________

10. TURGENCY

_______________________

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Category:

_______________________

10. VEINSTONES _______________________

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BY K.M. PASKERT

Times are tough all over, and everyoneincluding the


famousis looking for extra income. In fact, the
Position Wanted section of the classified ads
reprinted below is full of ads placed by celebrities of
fact and fiction. If you can identify all 10 advertisers,
classify yourself as an expert.
ANSWERS, PAGE 80

SAILOR needs job, will consider wrk


with canning co. as spinach taster.
Write BOX P.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------JOLLY, slightly overwt man seeks offseason wrk, has own transp but must
park on roof. BOX SC.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TRIO seeks constrctn wrk, experts w/
sticks, straw, brick. Write BOX TLP.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ONE-TIME chf exec must find new job,
will work for peanuts. BOX JC.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------COUPLE let go from prev. position due to
misunderstanding. Have exp at
gardening, apple-polishing, snake-sitting.
Write BOX A/E.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------DASHING magnetic man seeks nighttime
wrk, must be finished by dawn. BOX CD.

RETIRING at end of yr, seeking 2nd


career, able to use scythe. Write BOX FT.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------WELL-TRAVLED man seeks moonlighting
position, desires small step in responsblty,
giant leap in salary. Write BOX NA.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------TALENTED kids seek wrk during vacatn,
great at putting on shows. Dog included.
BOX TLR
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------WOMAN seeks job as bareback rider
for circus, etc. Much prev exposure.
Write BOX LG.

BY MIKE NOTHNAGEL

FULL BLAST
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 continuing under the grid), youll find
the puzzle uncommonly challenging. If you want help, or
prefer a less severe challenge, open to the Easy Clues (tucked
in beneath your fold on page 68).

Hard Clues
ACROSS
1 Goes (for)
5 Be prepared,
e.g.
10 Kiddie claim
14 Adds to the pot
21 Order in the
court
22 The Sound of
Young America
label
23 Band whose
Hurt was
covered by
Johnny Cash
25 Defeat
26 Garment worn
over a diaper
27 Each one in a
square measures
90 degrees
28 Still
29 Organic
compounds
30 River rompers
32 Disney movie
that spawned a
video game
33 Mad Men
setting: Abbr.
34 ___ Ste. Marie
36 G&S opera star
Braham
38 Repaired, maybe
40 Try to get ahead,
in a way
45 Cable alternative
49 Toe-tapping
50 SST part?
51 Apply
carelessly
53 80s TV teen idol
Scott
54 Revivalists
55 Jr. and sr., e.g.
57 Military abbr.
58 Symbols of
commitment
60 Binghamton-toAlbany dir.
61 Swears
63 Gospels subject
64 Blue streak?
65 Band at
Woodstock
66 Stock answer?

67 Part of a
spending bill
69 Obvious
73 Strong blasts
75 Topological figure
76 Mil. rank
79 Former Patriots
QB Steve
80 Inert elements
83 Sodden
84 Dark purple fruit
85 Pessimists phrase
87 Bronze ___
(Milwaukee
statue)
88 Speaker
during Bills
administration
90 Bitter-ender
92 Proactive type
93 Dandy
95 Department of
Commerce
concern
98 Blood ___
99 Landscapers
supply
100 Pascals
predecessor
102 Sticky stuff
103 Cry after a
bad shot
105 Seminal
Modernist novel
107 Part of
76-Across: Abbr.
108 Raises
109 City on the
Tamsui River
112 South Pacific
chorus member
114 Half a separated
couple?
115 Slump
118 Lab heater
120 Protein
synthesis need
121 Small fry
122 Part of a
hunters disguise
123 Uffizi Gallery
sight
124 Egg, e.g.
125 If and others
127 1959 Neil
Sedaka hit

129 Tongue-lashing,
metaphorically
131 Hugh Lauries
House costar
134 Chainsaw brand
136 Sweetheart
137 Stat for a tailor
138 Pro vote
141 Folies-Bergre
designer
142 Paris tour stop
144 ___ card
146 Site of the annual
Mystery Hunt
148 Class distinction?
151 Contributed
153 Evaluate, with
up
154 Seed money,
perhaps
155 Like vampires
156 Doonesbury
daughter
157 Oliviers Clash of
the Titans costar
158 Fix
159 Standard partner
160 Bother
DOWN
1 Wise?
2 Uncaps with a
crowbar
3 Noughts and
crosses
4 CNBC topic
5 Like many old
records
6 Verdi tenor
7 Horseshoes
players
8 Lead-in for light
or night
9 Private chats
10 Patronize for
a meal
11 Like some vbs.
12 Where people
get together for
a spell?
13 Army address
14 Got a ball past,
perhaps
15 Not playing it
safe
16 Even madder

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ACROSS
1 Chooses (to)
5 Slogan
10 First chance, to a kid
14 Adds to, as a soup:
2 wds
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21 Court order
22 Detroits nickname
23 Trent Reznors
band: 3 wds.
25 Puppys show
of affection
26 Single-piece baby
garment
27 Figure formed by
two adjacent sides of
a polygon: 2 wds.
28 Up to now
29 Organic compounds
30 Playful swimmers
32 1982 Disney
sci-fi film
33 MoMAs home: Abbr.
34 ___ Ste. Marie
36 Heroine in
Verdis Il Trovatore
38 Used a needle
40 Maneuver around
other racers to gain
an advantage:
3 wds.
45 Dish Network
competitor
49 Lively, as music
50 Video game
hedgehog
51 Apply sloppily:
2 wds.
53 Scott of
Happy Days
54 Modernists
55 Calendar
cycles: Abbr.
57 No longer working,
for short
58 Rings exchanged at
an altar: 2 wds.
60 180 degrees
from WSW
61 Swears (to)
63 Leader of the
12 Apostles
64 Swearwords
65 My Generation
band: 2 wds.
66 Sheepish remark?
67 Designate, as funds
69 In plain view: 3 wds.

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73 Sudden bursts
of wind
75 Doughnut,
geometrically
speaking
76 Corporals
subordinate, briefly
79 Marley & Me
author John
80 Krypton and xenon,
for two: 2 wds.
83 Soaked
84 ___ gin fizz
85 In the least desirable
scenario: 2 wds.
87 Happy Days
character, with the
88 Colorful salamander
90 1988 Bruce Willis
action flick: 2 wds.
92 Go-getter
93 Very vain man
95 Money owed as a
result of conducting
business: 2 wds.
98 Popsicle flavor
99 Lay down the lawn
100 Bright star in Perseus
102 Strong glue
103 This wont work:
3 wds.
105 James Joyce novel
107 The P in
76-Across: Abbr.
108 Puts up, as a building
109 Capital of Taiwan
112 Navy
construction worker
114 Moccasin missing its
mate, e.g.: 2 wds.
115 Droop
118 Heat source in a
chemistry lab: 2 wds.
120 Genetic letters
121 Tyke
122 GIs duds, informally
123 Laugh-In comic
Johnson
124 Reproductive cell
125 Limericks and sonnets
127 1959 Neil Sedaka
hit: 2 wds.
129 Unruly people may
have it read to them:
2 wds
.
131 He played Dr. James
Wilson on House:
3 wds.

134 Big name in


power tools
136 ___ Roll
(chocolate candy)
137 Belt site
138 Affirmative vote
141 Art Deco designer
142 Where to find the
Mona Lisa
144 Credit or ___?
146 Cambridge sch.: Abbr.
148 With great praise,
on a diploma: 3 wds.
151 Added money to,
as a pot: 2 wds.
153 One ___ fits all
154 Government
assistance for
farmers: 2 wds.
155 Zombies, with the
156 Family Ties son
157 Actress Ursula
158 Jumble
159 Standard & ___
160 Nuisance
DOWN
1 Like a wise bird?
2 Gets into with a
crowbar: 2 wds.
3 Game of Xs and
Os: Hyph.
4 Wall St. buy: Abbr.
5 Stereos predecessor
6 Verdi opera
7 Restless ones
8 ___-night
doubleheader
9 Heart-to-heart
talks: Hyph.
10 Patronize, as a
restaurant: 2 wds.
11 Foreword: Abbr.
12 Hive dwellers
13 Knights title
14 Earned points
against: 2 wds.
15 Acting without
reservation: 5 wds.
16 More absurd
17 Operated
18 It might say Stop
19 Italian espresso brand
20 Tiny time
period, briefly
22 Sketch comedy show
starring John Cleese
and Eric Idle: 4 wds.

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23 Corrosive kind
of acid
24 Picky people
pick them
29 First-graders sch.:
Abbr.
31 How vain it is ___
down to write
(Thoreau): 2 wds.
35 Luau instruments
37 City in NW Portugal
39 Get off a ship
40 Flag Day month
41 Strong points
42 Disney CEO Bob
43 Song from the
60s, say
44 Greets with a head
motion: 2 wds.
46 Recycling bin items
47 Ocean motion
48 Norwegian brand of
bottled water
52 Indy 500 tirechanging location:
2 wds.
56 Underground conduit
58 Forward-thinkers
question: 2 wds.
59 Prickly casings
61 Perfume essence
62 Bundle of wheat
63 Spanish house
66 Electric insectcontrolling device:
2 wds.
68 Talking TV horse:
2 wds.
69 Holy moly!
70 ___ Detoo
71 Scattered seed
72 Hunchbacked
assistant in Son of
Frankenstein
73 Art category
74 Run-down
76 Suburb of Dallas
77 Do without
78 Relinquished
81 Decay
82 Stockholms
country: Abbr.
84 Kind of carpet
86 Attire
89 Fun, Fun, Fun car,
for short: Hyph.
91 Having irregular edges
94 Play ___ (feign sleep)

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96 Peace lover
97 Statistical method
used to check a
hypothesis: Hyph.
100 Away from the wind
101 Lascivious looker
104 Group of fish
105 Come-from-behind
wins
106 ___ Domingo
108 He played Mingo on
Daniel Boone: 2 wds
109 Ski lift: Hyph.
110 Prefix meaning
117-Down
111 Engrossed by
113 British TV network
nickname, with
the
114 A little higher in
rank: 3 wds.
115 1976 Hall & Oates
hit: 2 wds.
116 Pays off gradually, as
a mortgage
117 Top Olympic medal
119 Shower sites
120 Propeller part
122 The Young Rascals
How ___ Be Sure:
2 wds.
125 Shows to be true
126 Got married: 3 wds.
128 Layer of paint
130 Comfortable:
2 wds.
132 Piano practice
exercises
133 Person with
requirements
135 NASA moon landers,
for short
138 Village People hit
139 Work for
140 Thou art ___ ready
to pardon
(Nehemiah): 2 wds.
142 Stow cargo
143 Yeses, to Yves
145 Slant
147 Send a message
via cell phone
149 Weekend Edition
airer, briefly
150 Maximum or
minimum: Abbr.
152 Year in Juarez
153 Tree juice

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17 Bled
18 Make hand gestures
19 Big name in espresso
20 Tiny fraction of a min.
22 Source of many
famous sketches
23 ___ acid
24 Lousy little things?
29 H, for one
31 ___ in solemn silence
(The Mikado)
35 Island strings
37 City north of Lisbon
39 Walk down a jetway
40 Reeses Walk the Line role
41 Strengths
42 Eisners successor at Disney
43 My Girl, e.g.
44 Acknowledges wordlessly
46 Sacks
47 Information on a
nautical chart

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52 Quick-change site at Indy
56 City drain
58 On-deck question?
59 Hikers sock-stickers
61 Flower extract
62 Its bound to come together
63 Familias dwelling
66 160-Across undoer, maybe
68 Vocal palomino
69 My stars!
70 Movie droid, to Luke
71 Started a garden
72 1939 role for Bela
73 Ilk
74 Not likely to be Zagat rated
76 Texas home of Frito-Lay HQ
77 Give up
78 Gave up
81 Dry ___
82 Scand. land

84 Catch flies
86 Duds
89 Grease gang member
91 Jagged
94 Pogo, e.g.
96 Tanked
97 Statistical process
100 Nautical direction
101 One whos not looking
so well?
104 Grouper group
105 Ruffles
106 Cubs third baseman Ron
108 Who Will Answer? singer
109 Way up the slope
110 Ear: Prefix
111 Division word
113 London station, with the
114 1988 Bruce Springsteen hit
115 1976 Hall & Oates hit
116 Pays off in the long run
117 Klondike bar?

119 Some have claw feet


120 Chopper blade
122 ___ Get a Witness
125 Corroborates
126 Got hitched
128 Dog show judges concern
130 Relaxed
132 Liszt pieces
133 Dependent person
135 NASA craft
138 Spinning class location,
maybe
139 Merit
140 To ___ Unknown (Steinbeck)
142 Get a load on
143 Support from French allies?
145 Bent
147 Part of HTML
149 Fresh Air airer
150 Extreme: Abbr.
152 Year abroad
153 Fool

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8 KID STUFF: JUST FOR YOU
1. Fork

7. Forgery

2. Fort

8. Formula

3. Force

9. Forfeit

4. Forest

10. Fortune

5. Forgot

11. Forehand

6. Formal

12. Forbidden

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3. Constable

9. Hemlock

6. Cartwheel

15. Sheepskin

4. Rampart

10. Weepier

7. Potentate

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11. Ballad

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2. The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the
heart. (Maya Angelou)
3. Advertising is a valuable economic factor because it is the cheapest way of selling goods, particularly if the
goods are worthless. (Sinclair Lewis)
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hickory, cherry, cypress, spruce,
eucalyptus, sycamore, mangrove,
magnolia, mahogany, mango,
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20 DSZQUPHSBNT!

21 CULLED CASH

1. CRYPTOON. Unfortunately, I think were going to have to stop


seeing each other. Every time I look at your face I start to melt.
2. HIGH HOLIDAY. Never worry about the size of your Christmas
tree. In the eyes of children, they are all thirty feet tall.
Larry Wilde
3. RED IN THE FACE. Reindeer lobby for changing leader of worldfamous sleigh team, so Santa holds special election. Rudolph
wins it by a nose.
4. LITTLE HELP. Elves tell interviewer that the reason it takes so long
to build gifts is because the toy factory is always short-staffed.
5. SNOWPLACE LIKE HOME. The classic melody White Christmas
was written by tunesmith Irving Berlin while he was relaxing
poolside in the Phoenix desert.
6. HIS DAYS ARE NUMBERED. Thief with time-management
problem robs gift shop, steals engagement calendar. Feds deliver
sentence of twelve months.
7. THATS A WRAP. Listless shoppers scramble urgently, visiting
counters, pursuing suitable presents. Ultimate ambition:
becoming listless.

22 MIXED DOUBLES: SHADES OF MEANING


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13/21, 14/6, 15/2, 16/8, 17/23, 18/4, 19/10, 20/1, 21/13, 22/5, 23/17
Extra clues: 17-Across, 9-Down
Bonus word: ALTERNATE

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replied that it was digital.
Although Mrs. Featherdown saw 11:12 on the clock, this cannot be the true
time she looked into the bedroom, because all three suspects have alibis for
that time. The problem is to find out what time the murder actually occurred.
The window was on one side of the bed, and the overturned table was on
the other. Peeking through the window, Mrs. Featherdown couldnt have seen
the clock on the floor because the bed would have been in the wayunless,
looking directly across the room, she had seen the entire scene reflected in the
mirror that covered the entire opposite wall of the bedroom. She didnt have
time to notice that it was a reflection because she was knocked out after
getting only a glimpse of the room.
Mrs. Featherdown saw 11:12 on the reflected digital clock, which means the
clock must have read 51:11. This seems to be impossibleunless the clock
landed upside down on the floor when Mr. Mankos upset the bedside table.
The clock actually read 11:15, and because it was turned over and reflected,
Mrs. Featherdown saw it as 11:12.
If Joshua Mankos was murdered at 11:15, not 11:12, his eldest son, Igor, no
longer has an alibi for the time of death.
Therefore, Igor killed Joshua Mankos.

ANSWERS
WILD CARDS
26 MANS BEST FRIEND
1-i, Magnum, P.I.

26 SOUND MIX
1. PSI/SIGH

2-c, Family Guy

2. PORE/POUR

3-l, The Nanny

3. SIGN/SINE

4-e, Full House

4. LOAD/LODE

5-b, Empty Nest


6-d, Frasier
7-g, Hart to Hart

26 SYMBOL-MINDED
Each letter in all the words can stand alone
as the symbol of an element (B = Boron, U
= Uranium, etc.)
26 FAIR AND SQUARE

5. ROAD/RODE
6. MITE/MIGHT
7. SHEAR/SHEER

8-a, The Bionic Woman


9-o, The Waltons
10-m, Pee-wees Playhouse
11-k, The Muppet Show

8. THEIR/THERE
9. GRADE/GRAYED
10. CORAL/CHORAL

12-n, The Simpsons

11. GUEST/GUESSED

13-f, Futurama

12. RANCOR/RANKER

14-h, Hazel

13. CEREAL/SERIAL

15-j, My Three Sons

14. HOSTEL/HOSTILE

27 GATECRASHERS
15. CEILING/SEALING
The gatecrashers are Kate (18), Guy (19), 27 SPECIAL TEAMS
and Fran (20).
1. Joan of Arc, (New Orleans) Saints
The sum of the ages on all 18 tags is 432.
2. Stephen Austin, (Houston) Texans
The average age of the 15 legitimate guests
3. Stan Berenstain, (Chicago) Bears
is 25, so the sum of their ages must be 15
4. Captain Blood,
x 25 = 375. Hence the sum of the three
(Tampa Bay) Buccaneers
gatecrashers ages is 432 375 = 57.
5. Andrew Carnegie,
The average age of the gatecrashers is
(Pittsburgh) Steelers
57/3 = 19. Since the story establishes that
6. Charles-Augustin de Coulomb,
the 15-, 16-, and 17-year-olds are legitimate
(San Diego) Chargers
guests, the youngest gatecrasher must be
7. Cronus, (Tennessee) Titans
18 (Kate) and the other two must be 19
8. Wyatt Earp, (Indianapolis) Colts
(Guy) and 20 (Fran).
9. Gordon Gekko, (Oakland) Raiders
10. Rubeus Hagrid, (New York) Giants
27 ALPHABETIC TIC-TAC-TOE
11. Nathan Hale, (New England) Patriots
E, T, F: All are made entirely with horizontal
12. Bert Lahr, (Detroit) Lions
and vertical straight lines.
13. Huey Newton, (Carolina) Panthers
A, N, V: All include slanted lines.
14. Edgar Allan Poe, (Baltimore) Ravens
O, C, S: All are made entirely of curves.
15. Erik the Red, (Minnesota) Vikings
E, A, O: All are vowels.
16. Armand de Richelieu,
T, N, C: All are the first letters of winter
(Arizona) Cardinals
holidays (Thanksgiving, New Years Day,
17. Roy Rogers, (Dallas) Cowboys
Christmas).
18. Sam Spade, (Atlanta) Falcons
F, V, S: All are pronounced (nearly always)
19. John Sutter, (San Francisco) 49ers
as fricatives.
20. Clancy Wiggum,
O, N, F: All are chemical abbreviations for
(Kansas City) Chiefs
gases (oxygen, nitrogen, fluorine)
21. Tiger Woods, (Philadelphia) Eagles
E, N, S: All are abbreviations for
22. Chuck Yeager, (New York) Jets
compass points.

27 THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT


Most common length: 8 letters (11 states:
Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois,
Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri,
Nebraska, Oklahoma, Virginia)
Least common length: 10 letters
(2 states: California, Washington)
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29 SOLE SURVIVOR
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12. soybean
2. coterie
13. eighties
3. regulate
14. oregano
4. ordained
15. fondest
5. toucan
16. control
6. indicted
17. acuity
7. mileage
18. deviance
8. canteens
19. tweezers
9. racquet
20. zestier
10. aversion
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Answers: Halle Berry, Bette Davis, Sally Field, Peter Finch, Colin Firth, Henry Fonda.

J. EYEBROW

52 CRUISIN FOR A BRUISIN

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magazinesand on every wall and
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they were good, they would get
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(John) Cheever,
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53 SIAMESE TWINS

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ANSWERS
54 BIRDWATCHING

Beth, Frank, Jessica, and Taylor visited Duck Island,


which had eight species: bluebird, indigo bunting,
laughing gull, mourning dove, pelican, red-winged
blackbird, roseate tern, and yellow warbler.
Charles, Karen, and Taylor visited Lookout Point,
which had two species: osprey and purple martin.
Beth, Charles, David, and Jessica visited North Hill,
which had three species: killdeer, ring-necked
pheasant, and woodpecker.
Beth, David, Frank, Karen, and Taylor visited the
pond, which had five species: eastern meadowlark,
great blue heron, hummingbird, mallard duck, and
white ibis.

clue 9, four guests visited North Hill, and so it must be


the location with 3 species. Since more species were
seen at Duck Island than at North Hill (clue 18), and
since the location with 5 species is either the pond or
the windmill, Duck Island must have 8 species, which
means that Lookout Point has 2 species.
From clues 6, 7, and 9, David visited North Hill, the
pond, and the windmill, which means he did not
visit either Duck Island or Lookout Point. Taylor
visited only one of the three locations in clues 6, 7,
and 9, and so must have visited both Duck Island
and Lookout Point.

Since the mourning dove was seen by four guests


(clue 13), it must be at a location with either 3 or 8
species, which are Duck Island and North Hill; but
Charles, David, Frank, Jessica, and Karen visited the since Frank and Taylor did not visit North Hill, the
mourning dove had to be at Duck Island. This means
windmill, which had one species: screech owl.
that Beth, Frank, and Jessica were the other visitors
Beth saw the most species (16), followed by Taylor to Duck Island. By elimination, Lookout Point was
visited by Charles and Karen (as well as Taylor).
(15), Frank (14), Jessica (12), David (9), Karen (8),
and Charles (6). For the record, Gordon (10) had
Clue 15 indicates that the screech owl is the only
visited Lookout Point, North Hill, and the pond;
species at its location, as otherwise Jessica and
Nina (11) had visited Duck Island, Lookout Point,
Karen would each have seen at least one other
and the windmill; and Nolan (13) had visited Duck
species there. It must have been at the windmill,
Island, Lookout Point, and North Hill.
the only place they both visited, which means that
the pond is the location with 5 species, and no
From the first four clues, the number of species at
other species were seen at the windmill.
the five locations must be 1, 2, 3, 5, and 8, for the
following reasons. Since one guest saw only 6
From clue 14, the indigo bunting cannot be at
species at three locations and no two locations had
North Hill, since Taylor saw it, nor at the pond,
the same number of species, three of the locations
must have 1, 2, and 3 species. To reach the total of since Jessica saw it. Clue 16 therefore places the
indigo bunting, as well as the yellow warbler, at
19 species, the number of species at the other two
Duck Island.
locations must add up to 13. The possibilities are 6
and 7, 5 and 8, or 4 and 9. If they were 6 and 7, it
would not have been possible for anyone to have a The purple martin, seen by Charles and Taylor (clue
14), must be at Lookout Point, the only location
total of 13 (as Nolan had), as no three numbers in
the set 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 add up to 13. If they were 4 and they both visited. The osprey must also be at
9, it would not have been possible to have a total of Lookout Point, since it is the only location visited by
only three guests (clue 5). Both Lookout Point
10 or 11 (as Gordon and Nina had), as no three
numbers in the set 1, 2, 3, 4, 9 add up to 10 or 11. species are therefore accounted for and it can be
eliminated as an option for all other species.
Since no two birdwatchers visited the same set of
Since Beth, David, and Jessica all saw a killdeer (clue
three locations (clue 1) and the species totals of
8), it must be at North Hill, the only location visited
2-3-5, 1-2-8, and 2-3-8 are accounted for by
by those three guests.
Gordon, Nina, and Nolan, respectively, the seven
guests visited combinations of locations with
The woodpecker cannot be on Duck Island or the
species totals of 1-2-3, 1-2-5, 1-3-5, 1-3-8, 1-5-8,
pond since it was seen by Charles (clue 14), so it
2-5-8, and 3-5-8. Therefore, the location with
must be at North Hill. The ring-necked pheasant
1species was visited by five guests, the location
with 2species by three guests, the location with 3 (clue 9) is the third and final North Hill species, which
species by four guests, the location with 5 species means that the pelican (clue 10) must be at Duck
Island and the white ibis is at the pond (clue 17).
by five guests, and the location with 8 species by
four guests.
More guests visited the pond than Duck Island, so
the great blue heron is at the pond (clue 5), as are
From clues 6 and 7, the pond and windmill were
the other species mentioned in clue 12. The species
visited by five guests and must therefore be the
listed in clue 11 are at Duck Island.
locations with 1 and 5 species, in some order. From
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60 CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 1
ACROSS: 1. Polish (two meanings); 4. Activist (act + IV + I + St.); 10. Annular (annul + ar); 11. Optical (opal + tic); 12.
Blessings (Bings + less); 13. Risen (siren); 14. Cutting corners (reconstructing); 17. Constellations (line on lots cast); 21. Tiers
(tears); 22. Sentiment (sent + n + Time); 24. Placebo (place + Bo); 25. Tickler (stickler s); 26. Duettist (sued ITT + t); 27. Tropic
(topic + r)
DOWN: 1. Play back (capably + K); 2. Lenient (line ten); 3. Soles (loses); 5. Cross-pollinate (SS + poll + reaction); 6. Interknit
(intern + K + it); 7. Incisor (corn is + I); 8. Talent (Al + tent); 9. Transgressions (gross sins arent); 15. Insistent (intent + sis); 16.
Esoteric (tie score); 18. Operate (interlOPER AT Exhibit); 19. Overlap (lover + AP); 20. Stupid (puts + ID); 23. Incur (in + cur)
61 CRYPTIC CROSSWORD 2
ACROSS: 1. Whippersnappers (w + hipper + S + nappers); 9. Piquant (ant + quip); 10. Tractor (rot + cart); 11. Ruin (I + run);
12. Eric the Red (cried + there); 14. Bishop (Bi + shop); 15. Do-or-die (door + die); 18. Arsenic (hoARSE NICaraguans); 20.
Gleans (g + leans); 22. Rita Moreno (tenor Mario); 24. Emma (me + ma); 26. Steinem (meets + in); 27. Borscht (c + broths);
28. Needle and thread (leader handed net)
DOWN: 1. Wipers (shoW I PERSonalized ); 2. Inquiries (in + quires + I); 3. Pray (prey); 4. Rattrap (part + tar); 5. Noticed (not
iced); 6. Peashooter (apes + hooter); 7. Enter (tree + n); 8. Shredder (redder + sh); 13. Phenomenal (pH + anemone + L); 16.
Don Ameche (do + name + Che); 17. Garrison (no, sir + rag); 19. Caramba (car + a + MBA); 20. Gone bad (bondage); 21.
Want ad (wan + tad); 23. Theme (them + E); 25. Arch (March M)
62 PEARL RINGS

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(v + a + doc + CYA)
8 Root (two meanings)
9 Masks (M + asks)
10 Hearts (r + Heats)
11 Kyle
(kentucKY LEgislature)
12 Nivea
(spaiN IVE Acquired)
13 Iotas (sat + O + I)
15 Cited (sighted)
16 Patriots (tap + riots)
17 Ott (t + to)
19 Hat (hate e)
20 Collapse (close pal)
21 Agape (A + page)
22 Intel (two meanings)
23 A-list (Al + is + T)
25 Kids (kids)
27 Plated (p + Delta)
28 Coeds (Cos + E,d)
29 Hour (our)
30 Cleaners (clears + n,e)

1
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17
18
20
21
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Nose (knows)
Nashville (Ill-shaven)
Ache (h + ace, & lit.)
Traits (I + start)
Noted (Not + Ed)
Myopia (first letters)
Tart (two meanings)
Coalesces (close case)
Oast (rOASTing)
Tweeds (t + weeds)
Castro (C + Astro)
Allow (all + ow)
Idle (deli)
Kent (t + Ken)
Idea (Aide)

Central entry: Circular saws


Aphorisms: Talk is cheap; He who hesitates is lost; Waste not, want not; When it rains, it pours
14 ILL B C-ING YOU STARTING HINT
The first entry across is ILL BE OK.
66 FAMILY REUNIONS CATEGORIES
Family One: Alcoholic beverages
Family Two: Card games
Family Three: Periods of time
Family Four: Presidential also-rans
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ANSWERS
63 BAR-HOPPING
The letters outside the grid, read clockwise from the upper left, spell OVER THE LEGAL LIMIT. The bar-hopping answers are
marked with asterisks.
ACROSS
1 amen (name)
5 * basement / basemen
(bent + Ames)
11 * twitchy / witchy
(C + t + with + Y)
12 mine (Eminem E,m)
13 doctors (doors + CT)
15 drab (bard)
17 lasso (lass + O)
18 * iconic / conic
(portICO NIChe)
19 predict (PR + edict)
20 * mangle / angle
(mane + G + L)
22 lemon (melon)
24 orlon (or + l + on)
25 cents (sense)
27 * islander / slander
(is + L + and + er)
30 * hearth / heart
(H + earth)
31 * lumber / umber
(rumble)
33 * tripe / trip (T + ripe)
36 Bio-Dome (bio + do + me)

37
38
39
40

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member (m. + ember)
segment (G-men + set)
* easel / ease (seal + E)

1. Rum
2. Gin
3. Sake
4. Mead
5. Beer
6. Wine
7. Cider
8. Scotch
9. Tequila
10. Absinthe

Card games

1. War
2. Whist
3. Bridge
4. Euchre
5. Go Fish
6. Hearts
7. Casino
8. Spades
9. Canasta
10. Pinochle
FAMILY FOUR

FAMILY THREE
Periods of time

Presidential
also-rans

1. Day
2. Eon
3. Week
4. Hour
5. Year
6. Epoch
7. Decade
8. Minute
9. Second
10. Century

1. Gore
2. Dole
3. Perot
4. Bryan
5. Dewey
6. Nader
7. Romney
8. Landon
9. Mondale
10. Stevenson

67 AD INFINITUM
From top to bottom: Popeye,
Santa Claus, Three Little Pigs,
Jimmy Carter, Adam and Eve,
Count Dracula, Father Time,
Neil Armstrong, The Little Rascals,
Lady Godiva

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4 choice (O + chic + E)
6 * vaster / aster (starve)
7 stole (two meanings)
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8 * emission / mission
L
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9 * rends / ends (Reds + n)
10 nepotist (to step in)
14 capon (cap + on)
16 bill (two meanings)
18 capsules (clauses + P)
21 grab bag (gab + bar + g)
22 largo (Argo + L)
23 meet (teem)
28 drove (Rove + D)
25 * chimera / chimer
29 end-on (tendon t)
(race + him)
32 * morel / more
26 tribes (tries + B)
(lore + m)

66 FAMILY REUNIONS
FAMILY ONE
FAMILY TWO
Alcoholic
beverages

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35 * puree / pure
(Pick Up Red
Eagle Espresso)

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GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES | december 2016

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