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Fall is here. Apparently that means it’s team-building season. To that end, I need your help — I’m building a few puzzle games for clients and I need playtesters. I will be running 60-minute playtesting sessions at my office in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood on October 22, 23 and 27 at lunchtime (I will supply the pizza). Sign up here.


Name a titular character from 20th century American fiction, first and last name, nine letters total. Rotate one letter 180°, then anagram to get the names of two adjacent countries. What character and countries are these?

Crossword News

Indie Crossword Puzzlers Are Shaking Up A Very Square World

Indie Crossword Puzzlers Are Shaking Up A Very Square World
Gawker wasn’t the only irreverent, iconoclastic internet media property to say farewell recently. To a much quieter dirge, the BuzzFeed crossword puzzle publish…
While BuzzFeed’s puzzle revolution fizzled, a devoted band of ragtag agitators remains devoted to the cause. A vibrant ecosystem of independent crosswords — “indies” — exists on the internet, its component puzzles multiplying and evolving, finding their niche and trying to find ways to survive. And some of them can outrate the gold standard over at the Times.

Ben Tausig’s New York Times puzzle is one of history’s most important crosswords.

The Story Behind One of the Most Important Crosswords in New York Times History
Crossword puzzles are fleeting things. Sure, some get anthologized in books, but most are solved or abandoned in frustration, then piled up with the...

Last Thursday’s New York Times crossword puzzle broke new ground in a very important way. Spoilers ahead; don’t read if you’re still planning on solving it.

Three Collections Of Really Great Puzzles

FiveThirtyEight's The Riddler

The Riddler – FiveThirtyEight
Welcome to The Riddler, your weekly set of puzzles.

Did you know that Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight has a weekly puzzle column? The answers often veer towards heady math, but even so, they’re fun to grapple with. Example titles: “Can You Figure Out How To Beat Roger Federer At Wimbledon?” and “Can You Outrun The Angry Ram Coming Right For … Oh God!”

Shinteki's Puzzle of the Month

Shinteki creates custom puzzle hunt adventures for private groups, corporations and the public. Our unique games are perfect for team building or special occasions!

Shinteki is a longtime puzzle hunt company out of the west coast that also publishes a monthly online puzzle. It’s usually a one-page printer-outer. They’re a little more robust than The Master Theorem, and almost always very clever. There are nine years of back archives to wade through. Have fun.

Seven Puzzles You Think You Must Not Have Heard Correctly

In this academic paper, Peter Winkler has “compiled seven puzzles which have often been greeted by words similar to “Wait a minute—I must not have heard that correctly.” Some seem too hard, some too easy; after you’ve worked on them for a while, you may find that the hard ones now seem easy and vice versa.

Escape Rooms, Rated

Best Escape Room Nominees

Best Escape Room Winners (2021) | USA TODAY 10Best
The winners for Best Escape Room are in! Click to see the winners for Best Escape Room , chosen by the readers of 10Best and USA TODAY.

USA Today is going to name the Best Escape Room in America. Oh, to be the one to have that assignment.

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