Joey and I just got back from Archon, St. Louis, an awesome annual sci-fi convention. During the weekend we played games, sold books and participated in panels — all oodles of fun BUT the best of all was at 4:00 pm on Saturday afternoon when Joey and I ran our first ever Archon puzzle hunt. The theme of the hunt was based around a delegation of enraged Plutonians who were angry that they small planet had been demoted by some humans.
What better way to convince the Earthlings that they were wrong about Pluto but by making them solve a bunch of puzzles to learn all about their small proud planet.
Sixty intrepid puzzlers took the challenge and came to solve the Plutonian hunt and kept solving until they’d worked their way through all five puzzles. Here they are hard at work solving.
The highlight was one puzzle that required the team as a whole to sing the newly deciphered Plutonian National Anthem in order to progress. The teams did so with such gusto and good spirit.
Want to solve the puzzles too? Stay tuned to this page. I’ve decided to publish a variation of this hunt for my annual Chanukah Hunt this year. In the meantime here’s a final pic of one the delegation returning to her abode.
What use is a book of crosswords that you can’t carry with you to solve when you are waiting in lines at the Doctor’s office, travelling by tube or metro or on a flight?
What if you can not only solve, but peek at the answers you don’t know and the explanations you don’t get without having to hunt all over the book?
Sowmya Ramkumar and the members of the Facebook group 1Across proudly present Cryptic Crossroads – Volume 2.
This compilation of 22 cryptic crosswords features setters from India, the US, and the UK.
This is a cool collection not only can you buy it in paperback if you like to solve in pencil (or for the brave — pen!) But the Kindle version includes interactive puzzles that you can solve on your device.
The book is available all around the globe through Amazon or free on Kindle Unlimited.
Want more cryptics? Be sure also to pick up Cryptic Crossroads – Volume 1 which includes a puzzle by yours truly 🙂
“A collectors’ treasure of excellently compiled cryptic puzzles. A gem to possess. Not a single dull moment in each of these puzzles, some of them even being cranium crackers. Value for money. You will not find such a treasure trove in one condensed book form . Go ahead and acquire it.” Raju Umamaheswar