Color Connection Puzzle

It’s been a while since I posted a puzzle, so here is another connection puzzle like my previous one.  I think this one is a lot easier, and I’m sure the idea has been done before, but hopefully it is a fun diversion in the middle of the work week.  =)  The answer is an English word.

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6 comments on Color Connection Puzzle

  • tabstop

    Definitely [spoiler]musicians[/spoiler].

    Construction notice: [spoiler]I connected several lines based on having done some of your puzzles before and saying “if I connect this to the green it will go through the middle of the circle instead of the edge of the circle because she never puts lines through the edge of the circle”. Whether that’s an issue you want to address is up to you.[/spoiler]

    • clavicarius (author)

      Ah, interesting! Something I hadn’t considered before. Yeah, it seems like this puzzle style needs more obfuscation, and that’s a way I should start doing it. Otherwise it’s too easy to eliminate possibilities without really solving.

      Thanks for the suggestion, and thanks for solving =)

  • Jason


    I think I got it, but I’m still not sure what [spoiler]Mario and Luigi were supposed to be. Blue Plumbers? Maybe it’s a band I never heard of. I’m guessing the calendar is going for Black Sabbath – but since it has 31 days (and I had trouble matching up blue) I went for Blue October, which doesn’t really hit the bubbles in the middle very well, so I figured that wasn’t it.

    Tabstop has a good point about the lines going right through the middle of the bubbles. Although, if they don’t, then it can be pretty ambiguous whether you meant for a line to include a certain bubble. [/spoiler]

    Another construction note: Puzzles like this generally have an ordering mechanism. I didn’t notice one here, though I might have missed it. Generally speaking, if the final step is “anagram the letters”, then you aren’t done with construction. The answer was clear enough in the context of this puzzle, but some puzzlers get really ranty about anagramming.

    • clavicarius (author)

      They are [spoiler]the Mario brothers, so my intention was The Blues Brothers. Not really a legitimate band though I guess![/spoiler] I had several more questionable clues originally, haha, I’m glad those didn’t make the cut.. [spoiler]Didn’t even notice the 31 days! I tried to do some photoshopping to focus on the Sunday column and blur the rest, but I think that got lost in the sizing down.[/spoiler]

      I am completely unaware of the ordering mechanism! I’m very new to puzzling and only briefly saw this type of puzzle in last year’s DASH stuff, but didn’t solve it. Maybe I should do some more research =) Thanks!

  • Jason

    One year’s Gen Con puzzle hunt used this style of puzzle exclusively. So, the form has lots of potential. (If you’re interested in the Gen Con puzzles, let me know.)
    As for ordering, either column (left or right) can provide the order. They could be read top-to-bottom or bottom-to-top (or left-to-rigt, or r-t-l, but not as effectively in a column). Or it could be something entirely different, but it’s nice to have some piece of information that gives the order. So, once it clicks, you know for certain that you’re on the right track.
    [spoiler]The Sabbath part for Black Sabbath wasn’t unreasonable. And Mario and Luigi works for Brothers. If the blue square had 2+ shades of blue, then that would have been a good hint for BlueS Brothers.[/spoiler]
    [spoiler]I really liked the theme on this one, though. I put together two or three (White Stripes, Maroon 5, and Silver Chair), and said, “Hey, these are all bands.”[/spoiler] So, that was a nice Aha moment. Definitely keep it up.

    • clavicarius (author)

      Ah, I see! Makes much more sense than my arbitrary mixing-up. I’ll keep this in mind for the future, thanks so much for explaining =)

      Oh man, having [spoiler]two different blue shades[/spoiler] is brilliant, I might retroactively put that in!

      The a-ha moment seems like the best part about these puzzles. I want to keep striving for that! So fun =)

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