Bubble Puzzle

That’s a terrible name, but I’m not sure what else to call it.  I was looking through some of the puzzles from last year’s DASH, and there was a really clever musical puzzle that used a cool sort of letter bubble format.  I wanted to make a puzzle today, so I thought I’d give that format a try!  Does anyone know if this type of puzzle has a name, or if it was just invented by one of the DASH teams?

Anyway, enjoy this Friday puzzle!  Made it on the fly, so it might be a little dicey.. let me know if you run into any problems!  The answer will be a word.  Leave a comment if you solve it!  Good luck =)

And here’s a PDF version if you’d like to print it out.

9 comments on Bubble Puzzle

  • tabstop

    Pozzle type is fairly common (I’ve made them and I’ve seen them quite a bit). I usually call it a matching puzzle.

    This one will have to wait for a bit of research for me.

    • tabstop

      (Should I do some advertising? Let’s do some advertising.) I first saw one in Foggy’s P&A Magazine and just saw one in Eric Berlin’s puzzle hunt that he brought to ACPT last week (which you can get here.) I suspect you can trace it back somewhere to an MIT mystery hunt, or maybe further.

      I used the type in my last puzzle hunt here.

      I really hope all these links actually work.

      • clavicarius (author)

        Advertising is always welcome here (well, as long as it is relevant)! That’s one of the fun parts about having this blog, people keep pointing me to more awesome stuff!

        It sounds like I have a whole world of existing puzzles and types to learn about! (Hooray!)

  • tabstop

    Anyway, for the puzzle itself, I was pretty sure I knew what was going on, except I can never remember the symbols on the left. Assuming the person in the second picture is called yhan, then we can match the cynarg with their zbba and order somehow that I haven’t figured out yet to get zbbaornz. (I did all the ROT13 myself so hopefully I’ve done it all correctly.)

    • clavicarius (author)

      Well done! Haha, when I first scanned your comment I was thinking “Man, that’s way off!” until I realized you were being discreet and hiding your answers.

      I didn’t bother making any order since I was more concerned with making the matches connect in a non-messy way, and since the answer is the only word you can make from those letters, so you can stop trying to figure that out =)

      Thanks for solving!

  • Judeme

    Thanks for the puzzle. Nice diversion this morning. Looked up symbols in google images and figured them out quickly. Next leap took me a bit longer but made me smile. I like the final answer. Good job 🙂

    • clavicarius (author)

      Thanks for the kind words =) Always feels good when a design turns out nice! Thanks for solving!!

  • Nick

    Hey, thought it was difficult, but kept me engaged! Looking forward to more of this difficulty. =)

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