Chicagoans: I’m putting on my tabletop puzzle game The Unknown Islands Thursday night (November 15) at Empirical Brewery. In it, you and your team are secret agents who must break into the bag and use the objects you find inside — a bottle, ancient coins, postcards, a newspaper, a whale-watching guide, and a mysterious starfish-shaped computer — to complete the mystery. It’s two hours of intense, elegant puzzling.
Take something frequently written in text messages. Swap two letters and say the result out loud, and phonetically you’ll describe something else frequently written in text messages. What are they?
We teamed up with Field Notes to help design their latest edition: Clandestine. The notebooks are gorgeous specimens on their own, but look closely and you’ll find layers of puzzles hidden inside. And… there may be more waiting for you outside the book.
Five days left on this project, which promotes crossword puzzles by women – cis women, trans women, and woman-aligned constructors.
Former Chief of Disguise for the CIA, Jonna Mendez, explains how disguises are used in the CIA, and what aspects to the deception make for an effective disguise.
Weird Things Found While Researching Puzzles
One perk of this job is I get to spend a lot of time on Wikipedia learning weird new shit. Today we feature Ole Worm, 17th century physician and historian.