For the last puzzle, we got a lot of entries for one particular wrong answer:
-1. I can see why, but it didn’t really fit the intended conditions. Same with
0. However, I have to give a shout out to Tamara Brenner for this incredible alternate answer:
‘Ninety one’ is 9 letters - remove 3 letters (1/3), the o-n-e, leaving ‘ninety’. In 7-segment digital display format, 90 has 12 total segments (6 in the 9 and 6 in the 0) - remove 4 segments (1/3) from the 0 so that it becomes a 1 and we are back to 91
Think of a store that’s got about 9,000 locations across the USA. Remove the first and last letters and add a space, and you’ll get the name of a beloved Grammy-winning musical artist. What store and artist are they?
The talented Rita Orlov presents another narrative puzzle adventure in the form of a beautifully illustrated tarot deck. Could not smash that “Back” button fast enough. I have heard firsthand from folks who playtested this that it’s incredible. Cannot wait for this one.
My friend Rob writes a zine that explores “algorithmic art with a focus on combinatorics.” So, right up my alley. His latest issue explores something not exactly puzzley, but puzzle-adjacent: how to algorithmically produce all possible tiles that fit a particular constraint.
Have you ever found yourself stuck at a party you didn’t want to go to in the first place? How much worse would it be if you weren’t sure if you were alive or dead? Have a drink and find out in VICE’s new retrofuturist point and click mystery game.