Name a word you might use as a first word in a conversation. Change one letter and you’ll end up with a word that means, in some contexts, “first”. What words are these?
In the last of this excellent series, the New York Times crossword editors reveal their process for evaluating and editing a puzzle submission.
It was a pretty design and it made for a nice effect in sunlight. It was quickly approved and no one involved gave it another thought until 10 years later.
Alex Rosenthal lifts the veil on one of the world’s most complex puzzle hunts, the MIT Mystery Hunt – and reveals how puzzles can be found in the most unexpected places. (Naturally, there is a puzzle embedded in the talk. See if you can find — and solve — it.)
These would make for great puzzles.