Happy fall! The last month has been a bit of a roller coaster at Mystery League HQ. After a few months of booking a few in-person events, it now looks like we’re back to mostly running virtual events for at least the rest of the year. I really miss running games in person, but we all gotta stay safe. You can learn more about my online trivia games and sign up here.
Think of a number, remove one-third of it, then remove one-third again (in a different way), and the result will be the original number. What number is this? (Note: there are two valid answers.)
Teammate is back with their second hunt. Last year’s hunt was a really lovely spread of clever puzzles; I’m expecting great stuff from this one. Keep an eye on the Puzzle Hunt Calendar for other upcoming hunts, including the sure-to-be-awesome Puzzle Boat 8.
The fascinating story of Kit Williams’ Masquerade book, and the treasure hunt that accompanied it.
The story of a cryptic children’s book, a real-life treasure hunt, and its very mysterious winner: “He refused to be on camera. It’s just his voice. His wife even asks that they disguise his voice, but she asks too late. The interview is already happening. And she faints.”
From Stella Zawistowski and Uri Bram comes a very accessible introduction to cryptic crosswords, and a brief history of the puzzle form. Cryptics have historically not been as popular in the US as they are in the UK. But with the arrival of the New Yorker’s weekly cryptic (mentioned last issue), it might be time you hop on the bandwagon.
Crucinova puts out high-quality weekly crossword puzzles by a diverse collection of constructors.