Lollapuzzoola?BosWords?在一些填字活动更新!

填字游戏日历

在过去的几年中,填字游戏迷都通过丰富的了不起的填字比赛的绝对宠坏了。在。。之间American Crossword Puzzle Tournament在独立500Lollapuzzoola,andBosWords(更不用说小的地方比赛),在过去的几年中,一直存在着一些值得期待的。

正如你可能期望给目前的情况下,2020没有近太好了。ACPT 3月份原来的日期被取消了,而比赛已经被重新安排在九月。

该独立500was also cancelled, though the organizers are hoping to host a solve-from-home event in its place. (Whether it will bear any similarity to the wonderfulCrossword Tournament From Your Couchevent back in March, we cannot say.)

而近日,我们上的填字游戏日历其他两个心爱的事件得到了更新。

上周四,布赖恩Cimmet和帕特里克Blindauer伸手Lollapuzzoola球迷黯然宣布Lollapuzzoola 13不会发生在今年夏天。

喜欢在独立500crew, our friends at Lollapuzzoola are hoping to host some sort of virtual event, but no decisions have been made yet.

Knowing that registration for BosWords opened around this time last year, I reached out to the organizers of BosWords to find out what we might expect regarding their event.

原来,我的时机点上,作为次日,约翰·利布证实(通过电子邮件和社交媒体),其BosWords 2020年将是今年的在线锦标赛,他们有个约会组:周日下午,7月26日。

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对于目前的计划和未来的细节,一定要参观the BosWords homepage

With BosWords tentatively set for July, ACPT for September, and both Indie 500 and Lollapuzzoola hoping to host online events this summer, it could quickly prove to be a delightfully busy few months for crossword fans.

我们会与你保持在所有这些事件的更多细节浮出水面,研究员谜题和PuzzleNationers。必威官网下载必威官网下载在此期间,注意安全,保持健康,并保持令人费解!


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Missing This Year’s Indie 500 Crossword Tournament…

Originally, this post was scheduled to hype up the return of one of the most inventive and enjoyable crossword tournaments in recent memory,在独立500

Scheduled for June 6th, the sixth annual edition of the tournament would have featured clever clues, some dynamite puzzles, and pie. (There’s always pie.)

Unfortunately, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has scuppered many events large and small over the last few months. Crossword fans missed out on theAmerican Crossword Puzzle Tournamentback in March, though many of them — 1,815 solvers! — enjoyed the wonderfulCrossword Tournament From Your Couch这是代替它举办活动。

该organizers of the Indie 500posted back in March他们正在处理的解决在家中的活动将举行今年夏天,但这个帖子的,没有进一步的细节已经出现。

But do not fret. If you’re looking for some puzzly challenges to dive into over the weekend, the Indie 500 team have made the tournament puzzle packs for ALL FIVE previous tournamentsavailable for free on their website,which is an incredibly generous and kind gesture.

And if you’re looking to get a sense of what sort of challenges and delights the tournament has to offer, we have write-ups coveringof thepreviouseditionsof the tournament for you to check out.

这里的希望,我们仍然可以沉迷于一些新鲜独立500对待这个夏天。这确实已经成为puzzly日历,一个我期待着每年的亮点之一。


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Puzzle Tournaments Loom Near!

[Solvers gather for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament.]

Tomorrow is the第21届西港图书馆年度拼图大赛,我认为西港今年的字谜-Y庆祝活动的非官方开始。

Sure, the obvious start is the weekend of March 20-22, when theAmerican Crossword Puzzle Tournamentdescends upon Stamford, CT, and puzzlers from all over test their puzzly mettle against some devious and delightful crosswords.

该n, after the big event in March, it’s a few months’ wait until summer, when there’s at least one proper tournament every month. We’ve got在独立500在六月,BosWords在七月底,Lollapuzzoolaon a Saturday in August, and Bryant Park in September.

但是,忽略所有的小比赛和事件之间。图书馆和REC中心遍布即获得更小的压比有名的国主puzzly事件。

例如,你可知道,在3月14日,你可以参加the Eighth Annual Finger Lakes Crossword Competition

我敢打赌,你没有。

So, in case you’re not traveling to one of the more well-known tournaments, keep your eyes peeled for smaller, but no less enjoyable, puzzle events happening throughout the year.

祝你好运所有那些前往韦斯特波特一些威尔·肖尔茨燃料cruciverbal冒险!快乐令人费解!

你今年参加任何益智活动,或大或小?让我们知道在下面的评论部分!我们很乐意听取您的意见!


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A Clued Sudoku Puzzle? It’s More Than Meets the Eye

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该hunt is always on for the next big puzzle idea.

有时候,这是一个古老的想法,得到重新打包和引起火灾。这就是与数独,自上世纪70年代已被周围的一个难题发生,但只有上升到突出几十年后。

Other times, it’s a combination of different puzzle types that yields something special. Our friends atPenny Dell Puzzles,for instance, have a popular puzzle called字谜幻方,which combines crossword-style cluing, anagrams, and the mathematical element of a magic square to create an engaging puzzle experience you can solve from several angles.

是否注定巨星或者n一个谜ot depends on a lot of factors: difficulty, the type of solving it involves, how intuitive the solving is (i.e. needing a lengthy explanation vs. getting the gist of the puzzle from a glance), visual aesthetics, and more.

As a puzzler, it’s always exciting to try out a new puzzle. Wholly original ideas are rare, to be sure, but even a single twist on an old classic can be enjoyable if executed well.

今天,我们看看puzzle that combines Sudoku with神秘的填字游戏(又称英式风格的填字游戏)。It’s calledCluedoku,它是由神秘的构造查理梅思文创造,更好地解决界称为变色龙,一个贡献者英国拼图网点像知该Guardian

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像数独,Cluedoku涉及将数字1至9成每一行,列,和在电网3×3的正方形。但是,与数独,有没有一套字母。

取而代之的是,你有81条线索,一个网格中的每一个细胞,利用隐蔽式cluing暗示向这九个数字的那张在给定的细胞。

Once you’ve unraveled a clue and placed a number in the grid, standard Sudoku rules apply: that number will only appear once in a row, column, or 3×3 square.

But that’s easier said than done. These clues run the gamut of slyly clever to almost baffling. Even when you consider that there are only nine possible answers for each clue, it’s still a challenge. (Plus, not all of the clues adhere to the standard cryptic cluing mechanic of having both a definition AND a wordplay clue included.)

话虽这么说,你会在作怪发现很多传统的神秘cluing招数在这里。

现在,我们打算从讨论具体的线索和答案这个难题,所以这是您的扰流警告。

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Okay, here we go.

In terms of traditional cryptic cluing gimmickry, we see hidden words, anagrams, homophones, word reversals, and more.

In clue 6 —Axis revolves without beginning to accelerate— we revolve (aka reverse) axis to spell SIXA, and then drop the A (“without beginning to accelerate”) to spellSIX

In clue 8 —从懒惰恶臭最佳切割— the answer hides in plain sight, as a prime number (three) reads out in sloTH REEks (and can be cut out of it).

In clue 22 —在X战警起源场景揭示金刚狼多少爪子了!— the phrase “origins reveal” points towards the first letters of the words that precede it proving the answer, meaning thatSIX是爪狼獾具有(3每只手)的数目。

该re is a similar game in clue 67 —With only seconds remaining, Officer Columbo outwits crook— which has the second digits of “Officer Columbo outwits crook” spelling outFOUR

In clue 27 —UFO demolished third of Parliament Square— the letter R (“third of Parliament”) gets mixed up with UFO to makeFOUR, 一个正方形。

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But other clues would be familiar to crossword solvers in America.

Clue 29 —罗马人的数量在新约?— is simple wordplay for 6, since Romans is theSIXth book. (Similarly, clue 62 — Number of lines taken by bar staff — is a reference to thelines that make up a staff in sheet music.)

线索34 -Top score in Scrabble- 是有点狡猾,需要你知道,T是值得1点,O为得1分,而P是值得3分,使正确的答案

线索48 -男人的怀里腿位数- 感觉就像你在看一个线索独立500orLollapuzzoola,because it’s initially baffling, but then reveals itself as merely clever and challenging. You see, there areTHREE关于武器的马恩岛的外衣腿。但是,由三种不同的词语文字游戏隐藏的,这并不意味着你会想。

This mix of American and British-style clues made for a fun solve that mixed and mingled two worlds of cluing nicely.

I think my favorite clue was Clue 39 —192 + 284- 因为它是建立像那些杂志填字游戏之一,那些在那里“rockcaughthardplace”的意思是“抓了进退两难的境地。”在这种情况下,你有“2 + 2”的字面在1984年和与乔治·奥威尔的著名小说的人熟悉,2 + 21984equalled

虽然明显Cluedokuisn’t really sustainable as a recurring puzzle — you’d burn out your anagrams and homophones pretty quickly, as Chameleonhimself stated in an interview- 这是两个不同的拼图一个令人印象深刻的婚姻很少互动,否则。

But he did raise the possibility of another variation in the future:

如果我做了另外一个变色龙cluedoku,我想我会用七色的彩虹,再加上黑色和白色,解算器可以据此在每平方米颜色为他们解决了。怎样的“哭完了诺维奇的核心金丝雀”?

That sounds like a fun follow-up to an interesting puzzle.

What did you think of Cluedoku, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you.


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How Will Shortz Works

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Last week,Lifehackerposted the latest edition of theirHow I Work系列,这需要在幕后,并进入各种各样的专家,科学家,创作者,和流行文化的图标的工作区的读者,看看他们怎么做他们做什么。

AndNew York Times填字游戏编辑器威尔·肖尔茨stepped into the spotlight to share his average workday and what his job is really like

它提供了一个工作大多数人不是很了解的一个有趣的快照。(而且,不幸的是,彻底戳穿了迷人的破案社论生活莱西查伯特在描绘一个困惑舒爽earlier this year.)

Will talks about going through submissions, editing and polishing crosswords, working on clues, interacting with his assistants, and takes us into his workplace itself, including his reliance on book sources over Internet verification. He also namedrops his table tennis club (always乒乓球,决不ping-pong), and gives a well-deserved shout-out toXWordInfo.comas a world-class database ofNYT填字游戏数据。

但是,有一个特别的线路从该站出来给我面试,我怀疑它站出来给其他困惑的为好。当讨论每个时报批准的填字游戏编辑过程,Shortz说:

“I don’t think any other puzzle in the country goes through such rigorous editing and testing before publication.”

现在,我喜欢的东西。我做。I’ve interviewed him,并与他聊上时不止一次美国填字游戏比赛。丫的,这一年,我故意lassoed他,并把他拉到一边,以便在比赛开始前,仍然设法工作在一个或两个笑话关于球迷可以抓住他的照片Crossword Mysteries电影。

但是,男人,还有的将在你自己的产品,然后有一个在它只是加强。

有当今市场字谜这么多伟大的编辑。关闭我的头顶,我可以提编辑在洛杉矶时报该Chronicle of Higher Edition美国的价值观俱乐部通用填字游戏,and该字谜俱乐部,not to mention special projects like快报女性and在独立500,all of which provide wonderful, insightful feedback and attention to detail during the editorial process.

Sure, those puzzles might not all get the attention of ten test-solvers before publication, as Will claims eachNYT填字游戏一样。但话又说回来,如果你忽略了这些试验求解器,这将在一月,当他用这个词BEANER在网格,that number doesn’t really matter much.

不,这并非总是如此,很明显。就在两个星期前,Twitter帐户该Truth About Nursing称赞Shortz“允许护士霍华德巴金的描述为‘临照顾者,短,’这意味着专业知识和自主权。与此相反,2007年的线索“I.C.U.帮手”和2009年的线索‘护理员’“。

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If you click through tothe actual article,霍华德确实得到感谢的大部分份额,因为他应该,鉴于鸣叫缩手缩脚他有点。但你也可以得到关于如何在团队的真相护理表示反对五音不全关于cluing护士更多的背景故事:

这两个线索的领导the Truthto protest to longtimepuzzle editor Will Shortz. We explained to him in detail why the common misconceptions of nursing that the clues reflected were damaging, in light of the global nursing shortage and the proven influence that the media has in shaping public attitudes toward the profession… Shortz never responded directly to our concerns.

Yes, theNYT填字游戏gets more criticism because it is the flagship. But if you’re the flagship, you’re also supposed to set the tone, and with a track record of五音不全的条目如非法和亲密,以及像“明确的非女权主义妇女组织”线索HAREM或“从一个女权主义者激怒评论”对于男性来说,criticism is well-deserved

该line between tooting your own horn and overplaying your hand is a very fine one, and undoubtedly, people are bound to disagree on which side of the fence this statement lands.

有人会说,威尔值得所有的荣誉和喇叭tooting他希望,给用户号码NYT填字游戏。仓。其他人可能采取树荫随意看似驳回由全国各地的填字游戏编辑器做了了不起的工作(使用更少的资源,它必须说)。我的意思是,要亲自指导了其中的一些编辑!

I can’t speak for any of those editors, and I won’t. But, for me, as someone who has had the pleasure and privilege of meeting and getting to know so many of those creative, qualified, hardworking, and giving editors, methinks he doth toot a bit too much.


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I’ve had repetition on the brain lately. Repeatedly. How apropos.

我在谈论我的一个朋友最近剽窃 - 老师谁处理了她的学生抄袭论文的公平份额 - 我很快总结USA Today/Universal Uclick crossword plagiarism scandalfrom 2016 for her.

她是可以理解惊讶的是抄袭是在填字游戏世界的事情 - 一个令人欣慰的一个罕见的 - 它让我想起了故意重复与无意重复。

当涉及到U单击丑闻,这是很明显的故意重复。

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But unintentional repetition happens more often than you’d think. The very rules for creating a traditional themed crossword lend themselves toward duplication, unintentional and otherwise.

Grid layouts, for instance, get reused all the time. When I started constructing, I actually assembled a stack of different grid patterns for 13x and 15x puzzles that I could use, organized by how the theme entries were arranged on the page: 9-13-9, 11-15-11, etc.

Despitethe virtually infinite number of ways你可以建立一个15倍的网格,你看,当它涉及到的主题条目 - 与匹配长度的对角线对称和主题条目尤为网格 - 有办法建立一个正常运作的网格数量有限。

所以,我们知道,网格可以很容易地是相似的,但怎么样的主题?

有很多方法是文字游戏可以激发字谜主题种种 - 字谜,声音相似的双关语,条目读倒退或者是在网格混合起来,旅行皮箱,信是从常用短语删除(有时在网格放在其他地方),等- 如果超过一个构造函数来了同样的想法,你可能会重复,不涉及恶意或抄袭的条目。

Let’s say multiple constructors are working on puzzles with a similar theme, as they would for some of the tournaments hosted throughout the year, like Lollapuzzoola or the Indie 500. If the tournament had a time theme, it’s reasonable that more than one constructor could come up with a hook like “Time Flies” and look for entries that combine travel and time, coming up with NONSTOPWATCH or LAYOVERDUE.

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构造马特·加夫尼实际上写a case of unintentional theme repetition for Slate years ago,discussing how he and Mike Shenk independently came up with puzzles where the word RAVEN was hidden in longer entries, and four of the five theme entries in the puzzles were the same AND placed similarly in the grid.

这是一个有趣的阅读,揭示了很多关于grid construction, theme design, and puzzle mechanics. It’s the ultimate puzzly example of “great minds think alike.”

那么,你如何避免重复一个主题?嗯,一点点尽职调查可以走很长的路要走。网站类似Xwordinfoand填字游戏恶魔对于搜索主题的答案,看看他们是否已经做过大量的资源。

构造帕特里克Blindauer还提供了一些建议能想出新的主题:解决更多的难题。他说,“解决其他字谜是主题思想对我来说是很好的来源。我尝试猜测会提早,有时仅在标题基于主题;如果我变成是错误的,我已经有了一个新的想法一起玩。”

在这种情况下,他通过想象避免重复问题。这是一个很酷的想法,一个毫无疑问会导致一些了不起的新难题。


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