Happy Spring!

Small update before we get to the goods. It's been a month since I launched Signals. In that month:

I feel I need to explain that last one: one EnigMarch prompt was “Trick”, and I had this idea to make a puzzle that riffs on the “It’s Tricky” TikTok meme, using my dog. Instead of following up that thought with the reasonable let's not, I created an account and posted the video. As it turns out, you need more than a cute dog to go viral. So I guess now I need to start posting more TikToks, but sadly I’ve used up my one idea. Got any ideas for a novice TikToker? I may be too old for this shit, but that doesn't mean I can’t try.

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The Puzzler

Take a four letter term for a part of the body. The first and last letters are the same. Advance the first letter 1 spot in the alphabet, and the last letter by 2 spots, and you'll get another term for the same body part. Which two words are these?

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Some favorite links from the last four weekly Dispatches:

Why Are Letters?

Why Are Letters Shaped the Way They Are?
Linguistic games and research are revealing a hidden connection between what words look and sound like, and what they mean.

It may feel that the shapes we use for each letter are arbitrary, and for a long time, linguists assumed they were. But there's new research into recognizing letters' iconicity — the idea that a word or letter's shape, or a gestured sign, is representational, in some way, to what it's referring to.

The Book of Dreams

The Book of Dreams - A Puzzle Anthology
Solve puzzles and help Lucy on a journey through her dreams, while raising money for a good cause! | Check out ‘The Book of Dreams - A Puzzle Anthology’ on Indiegogo.

Heads up, new puzzle book just dropped. The Book of Dreams: A Puzzle Anthology is a collaborative project designed by 12 awesome puzzle crafters, many of whom I know and can vouch for personally. The project launched on IndieGogo last week and is already funded over 200%.

Jerry Slocum, puzzle collector

How One Collector Amassed Over 35,000 Puzzles
Jerry Slocum has been collecting puzzles since 1941, earning him TV appearances with Johnny Carson and Martha Stewart. Now the 90 year old is treasure-hunting across Europe and Asia to find the oldest mechanical puzzles in the world.

I never got much into owning puzzle toys, but Jerry Slocum did. In his life, he's collected over 40,000 mechanical toys, most of which he's donated to the Slocum Collection in the Lilly Library at Indiana University. Many are on display, and some of them you can even play with. I've never been, but now it's on my list.

Wordle variant of the month

Heardle - That daily musical intros game
Guess the song from the intro in as few tries as possible.

Okay okay, this is just Name That Tune, but since we're in the Wordle Era, it's now got a Wordley name.

Back on Hey Riddle Riddle

After a couple years floating adrift, I was finally invited back into the warm embrace of the Hey Riddle Riddle podcast.

Solution to the February Puzzler

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