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What is Your Favorite Kind of Puzzle?

Today I thought it might be fun to explore different puzzle types, figure out which ones I like the most, and ask you readers to do the same.  I’m still so new to puzzling, so I’m sure there are tons of puzzle styles I don’t know about or will forget to include, so be sure to share your knowledge in the comments! As always, I’ll be trying to organize and make structure from these different types as I think of them, which can often prove difficult, so forgive me if my classification and nomenclature aren’t great. Basic Puzzle Types: Word…

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Herring, Blue Fish

Let’s talk about red herrings!  First of all, what exactly is a red herring?  Wikipedia says it’s “a clue which is intended to be misleading, or distracting from the actual issue.”  The classic example of a red herring is the suspicious, but ultimately not guilty, character in a mystery novel planted to distract you from the true culprit. Take Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone:  Professor Snape seems to be doing all sorts of dastardly deeds, and the naive trio of heroes does a great job of convincing the reader that he’s up to no good.  But in the end…

The Thrill of Winning

Yesterday I had the extreme pleasure of running my first puzzle hunt/race for Ravenchase Adventures.  It was for a small group, split into 3 teams of 5.  It was a huge learning experience in so many ways, and while there were many interesting moments throughout the day, the image that sticks out most vividly in my mind is that of the first team arriving at the ending location. They approached in an excited half-jog and handed in their answer sheet, eagerly asking whether they were the first team back.  I confirmed that they were, and they all cheered.  Then they…

Accommodating Beginners at Puzzle Events

I’ve been crazy busy this week, and haven’t really been inspired for a post for today.  So I just asked my brother-in-law Mike, of Team Dragons, if he had anything interesting to say regarding DASH from the perspective of someone who doesn’t do puzzles and stuff regularly.  “I thought it was fun,” he said, “but there were too many puzzles.” What he meant was that there were too many puzzles for our beginner teams to solve within the allotted time, and by the end we were all just basically asking for step-by-step help from Game Control because we were running…

Experience: Presence, Novelty, and the Heart vs. the Brain

Running this blog and becoming more active and committed to it over the past few months have fostered this interesting sort of creative cycle. The more I search for things to write about, the more connected I become to the community, the more cool stuff I learn about, the more I actively participate, and the more I have interesting discussions with like-minded people. All of that compounds, leveling me up and giving me more and more to think and write about. It reminds me (and my husband) of the way our Japanese teacher in college described the process learning Japanese,…

Puzzles, Sleep, and Dreams

Puzzles and Dreams

  Last night, I dreamed about a puzzle.  This has been happening more and more frequently, I think because I’ve been exposing myself to so many new and different puzzles lately.  That got me thinking about the different ways sleep and dreams might affect puzzle-making and puzzle-solving. Anyone who has gotten stuck on a puzzle or other problem knows how helpful a good break can be.  Many times, if you just step away from the puzzle for a while and let your mind relax, you’ll come back with a brand new perspective that helps you move forward.  Sometimes you might…

Valentine’s Day Treasure Hunt

Valentine’s Day is only two days away, and if you’re still in need of a gift or activity idea, why not try arranging a treasure hunt for your significant other?  Anyone who has seen the film Amélie knows how romantic and exciting a treasure hunt can be!  And a recent episode of NBC’s The Office featured a clever and cute Valentine’s Day treasure hunt given to Erin from Gabe.  Gabe also explains the difference between a treasure hunt (finding a series of clues leading you to a final “treasure”) and a scavenger hunt (collecting a list of objects). A treasure…