Woohoo! We just passed 250 backers and our $9,973 goal, which means that the Year of Puzzles will be a reality. Thank you so much for your support! In our next update, we'll talk about stretch goals.
For now, let's celebrate with this very cool palindromic puzzle by Eric Harshbarger, a puzzle author, palindromist, and Lego sculptor extraordinaire. Not only will Eric be creating one of the puzzles in the Year of Puzzles, but we'll also be publishing an ebook of Eric's unique palindrome puzzles in 2013.
In this puzzle, each of the answers is a palindrome, meaning that the letters in each of the answers (excluding punctuation and spaces) are the same whether read left-to-right or right-to-left. Each clue has the same meaning as the corresponding answer. For example, if the clue was "Ms. Perón: meek, prone to copying others", the answer would be EVITA: TIMID, IMITATIVE.
Figure out the four palindromes, then get the 7-letter answer from the circled letters.
As people solve puzzles in the mini puzzlehunt, they've been learning little bits of useful information. It's time to reveal some things solvers have learned:
- The T-shirt rewards, for those who pledge at the Expert Level or higher, will each have a one-of-a-kind puzzle, which nobody else will have!
- The Upgraded T-shirts stretch goal will be unlocked when 53 or more people pledge at the Expert Level or above!
- If the Upgraded T-shirts stretch goal is unlocked, everyone whose pledge level includes a T-shirt will get to pick their own answer to the puzzle on their T-shirt!
What's that mean? If you want to pick your own answer to the puzzle on your T-shirt, encourage, convince, cajole, or even coerce your friends to pledge at that level or higher, so we get to 53 or more people. Thanks!
Hints to Earlier Puzzles
One of the puzzles uses semaphore code. One of the puzzles is an acrostic, though it may not be a straight acrostic forever. When a puzzle involves a path, you frequently want to pick up something along the way. Look for things that are highlighted or standout -- something colored, larger letters, etc. If you get a long phrase from a puzzle, it is usually a clue to a short final answer.
Note: To avoid spoiling puzzles for others, please do not put the answer to any puzzle in the mini puzzlehunt in the comments. To verify an answer, visit http://www.puzzazz.com/kickstarter.