Cryptically speaking (plus new levels)
One of the favorite puzzle types here at Puzzazz is cryptic crosswords, in which every clue is a small puzzle by itself. A cryptic crossword in a puzzlehunt is a bunch of small puzzles that make up a bigger puzzle that's part of an even bigger puzzle.
We're very happy that Mike Selinker, one of the masters of creating cryptic crosswords, will be creating a puzzle for the Year of Puzzles. Mike's the President of Lone Shark Games and the author of Mike Selinker's Killer Cryptics, one of the cryptic crossword ebooks available in our puzzle store.
Mike's created a cryptic sampler which nicely describes what all our backers are to us. Each clue below leads to a 10-letter entry which is an anagram of the other two entries. Place each answer in the boxes, then read the circled letters from top to bottom to get the answer.
If you're new to cryptic crosswords, we highly recommend our How to Solve Cryptic Crosswords guide, co-written by Mike and our founder Roy Leban.
Some New Pledge Levels
We've added two pledge levels that might be of interest for you.
The ENCRYPTOR LEVEL, a step up from the GRANDMASTER LEVEL, gets you an original piece of artwork from the set of art being created for the T-Shirt puzzles. The art will be hand drawn on paper by a professional artist, probably in pen, pencil, pastel, or a combination. The art may be early sketches or close-to-final art, but we'll do our best to make sure it's interesting.
The CRUCIVERBALIST LEVEL, a step down from the ENIGMATOLOGIST LEVEL, lets you sponsor a puzzle on a specific day during the year. If you pledge at this level, everybody at the NINJA LEVEL and above gets one more puzzle, so they'll all be happy. And, because you get credit, they'll all be happy with you. See the pledge level and FAQ for details.
More Useful Information
As people solve puzzles in the mini puzzlehunt, they've been learning little bits of useful information. Here's some more of what they've learned:
- Did you notice that we've used a bunch of prime numbers in the campaign? It's not a puzzle. We just like prime numbers.
- One of our favorite tools for exploring words is Zyzzyva. It's intended for Scrabble players, but it's useful for anyone who does anagramming or similar wordplay. And it's free (if you have an iPhone, Zyzzyva Lite is free).
See earlier updates for more information.
Hints to Earlier Puzzles
In the Protiles puzzle, the answer word is worth 17 points (not counting the bingo bonus).
To figure out a palindrome, start with any proper names. One-letter words and words with apostrophes only have a few possibilities, so they can be a big help. The clue phrases map pretty directly, so look for synonyms of the right length.
If you're still searching for one of the hidden puzzles, things have changed. You might want to look at the summary information at the bottom of the main page again.
It is not cheating to talk about puzzles, write about them, blog about them, even post to Twitter or Facebook about them. However, 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.