Jul. 16th, 2007

Puzzle Con

Jul. 16th, 2007 10:06 am
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When I was in college, a bunch of us were hanging around in the Honors College office trying to avoid studying for a math test, so someone pulled out The Book of Questions. One of the questions was "Would you have trouble dating someone who is significantly smarter than you?"

Being 19, I replied, "I don't know. If I ever meet anyone like that, I'll let you know."

It took about five years before I met [livejournal.com profile] saxikath on alt.callahans.

Val Kath Sax and I have been friends now for almost 14 years, and it has been over a dozen since we met for the first time. For a while (1995-1999), we were trading annual visits, but for a lot of messy reasons, we weren't able to continue. We've still stayed close, though. Under the original plan that [livejournal.com profile] aiela and I had for the wedding, we were each going to pick a friend that predated our relationship to do a reading, and she was my first choice.

As it turned out, she couldn't get here for the wedding, but we knew she would be in Ann Arbor in July for the National Puzzler's League's 168th "annual" convention.

And now I shall gush about the NPL for several thousand words... )
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Warning: The post will be pretty dull for the NPL people who have recently joined my friends list, except that you might enjoy watching people flail around with your creations.

Several people have made "Ooooh! That sounds cool!" noises about my experience at the NPL con, so I've decided to give everyone a taste of what these evil, evil people are like. They handed out a minisample version of their newsletter, The Engima, which contains 24 puzzles. One is a cartoon (I suspect [personal profile] toonhead could provide a copy of his creation), and one is a cryptic crossword, which I couldn't even begin to try to reproduce. There's also two rebii (is that the plural of rebus?). One is easy to duplicate, and I'll give the other one a shot.

The puzzles are all in the form of "flats" - verses where one or more words are replaced by something like ONE and TWO or LONGER and SHORTER or whatever. To clarify one thing that confused me, the verses won't always scan or rhyme once you replace the cuewords with the answers. Therefore, I strongly suggest singing them before trying to solve them.

(Especially No. 7. And No. 8.)

Each puzzle type is given as the title, and then you get a little code that tells you how many letters are in each word. For example, (7 2, *3 *3 *3) means the first part is a two-word phrase where the first word is seven letters long and the second is three, and the second part is a three-word phrase where all three words are three letters (and a proper noun, as indicated by the asterisks).

All typos are the fault of the typist. All silly comments prefixed (Dave:) are also the fault of the typist. All silly verses are the fault of the versist.

All responses will, of course, be screened.

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One hour and two minutes.

First time I've ever finished a Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle.

Now if I could just figure out the damn anagram for "complicates". :P

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