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2 Aug 29, 2012 6:39:02 AM
Addison_Acton on Games '09 (January-March)

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3 May 1, 2012 5:27:48 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

hi mark. yes, i saw the last 2 issues did have contests! still waiting on world of puzzles to bring them back. good luck!

4 Apr 29, 2012 9:00:38 PM
Mark Mammel on Games '09 (January-March)

Hello, anyone still here ? :) Guess what, the July 2012 issue has a CONTEST! Woohoo. Actually there was another one in the April issue also.

5 Dec 23, 2010 8:35:38 AM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

Yes, Toni. I miss the contests also, especially "Wish You Were Where?". I wonder if there is something that longtime Games subscribers and buyers could do as a group to voice our displeasure to the editors. Anybody got any ideas? Everybody have a great Christmas and the best new year ever!

6 Dec 19, 2010 9:13:35 AM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

Hi JM and Nichol...I haven't come here in ages! So many changes in the last year or so. I miss Bob and his insights, and his great puzzles. I never met the man but I felt like I knew him, we corresponded frequently, and he always had something interesting to say, and it was never in just a few words:-) But that was okay, because what he had to say was never boring, but always educational. Another thing, I don't know about anyone else, but I'm mad at GAMES for eliminating the contests! I looked forward to them in each issue, and always wondered what challenge I'd be subject to endure..tho endure happily. They kept me thinking, working the gray matter. But...that's life...always changing. Happy Holidays, everyone!!!! Thanks again, JM and Nichol, for those happy days! Rest in Peace, Bob...My best, Toni

7 Dec 2, 2010 3:54:08 AM
Jean Pierre on NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

hehe, now that's interactive math ! I study mathematics and computer science and that game of yours made me think a little ! :) Thanks

8 Nov 19, 2010 8:54:22 PM
Mike on Games '09 (January-March)

So I know most of the crew still residing in these parts might have packed up and left, but I thought I'd at least throw this puzzler your way to those that still peek in now and again.

I was flipping through an old GAMES magazine (Dec/Jan 1990) and stumbled upon the "Your Move" section in the front (which looked to be user-submitted Wild Cards). There were six mini-puzzles there, all sorted per usual difficulty rankings, and the only 3-star puzzle was one entitled "Age of Reason." I quickly scanned through it and it looked quite familiar...and it was sent in by none other than Robert Lodge (who then resided in Sandstone, MN)!

The puzzle was similar (but not exact) to a portion of the Find the Fraction puzzle hunt on this site years back, which involved a tangled web of mathematical statements to lead you to unraveling the ages of three individuals. This one looks to be slightly simpler than the part in Fraction, though my algebra's still giving me problems at the moment so I haven't solved it as of yet--but it'll give me some food for thought over the Thanksgiving weekend (please pass the cranberry sauce--and the puzzles!).

Here it is, as in the issue, in memory of Bob.

"Age of Reason:

Alice, Betty, and Carol were each born on January 1 of a different year, so each one remains a given age during an entire calendar year. During three consecutive years, they noticed the following facts. Can you deduce the year each of them was born?

1. In 1985, Carol was twice the age Betty had been when Alice was twice the age Carol was in 1984.

2. In 1986, Carol was the age Betty had been when Carol was five years younger than Betty had been when Carol was born.

3. In 1987, Betty was the age Alice had been when Betty was five years younger than Alice had been when Betty was born.

--Robert Lodge; Sandstone, MN"

Hope all of you and yours have a very fulfilling and enjoyable Thanksgiving, Christmas, and holiday season. All the best!

--Mike

9 Apr 7, 2010 1:09:08 PM
Jeff R. on Games '09 (January-March)

Jim,

I let my GWoP sub lapse but have seen the May '10 issue on newsstands; the special section is on logic puzzles.

10 Apr 3, 2010 6:46:44 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

Finally got May 2010 Games about two weeks late. No sign of next GWOP though, which I also resubbed to (and in many ways is superior to Games IMO...it focuses on puzzles, does that well, and hasn't fallen from grace like Games has).

Is May GWOP kicking around for anyone?

11 Mar 21, 2010 2:10:20 PM
Sean Riddle on Games '09 (January-March)

Jim-

I got the May issue on 3/16. Hope yours shows up soon.

Sean

12 Mar 21, 2010 6:03:32 AM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

Is May 2010 out? I half-heartedly renewed my subscription via a web site a few months ago (faint hope, not enthusiasm) and May was due to be the first issue in the new sub, but it seems late. If this sub got screwed up, it really is the last straw for me.

13 Mar 18, 2010 8:20:34 AM
Julia on Games '09 (January-March)

There was an unannounced contest in the March 2010 issue from the same person who brought us the semiphore watches and Morse code grass awhile back, and the prize was a book from the Wizard Academies series for young adults. One of the authors, Alan Andersen, called to tell me I had won. It's not an official GAMES contest, but rather an independent one created in part to promote the book series. It's quite a challenge to find and solve the contest, and it seems to cost GAMES nothing. Win-win situation?

14 Mar 16, 2010 3:16:44 PM
Sean Riddle on Games '09 (January-March)

Did anyone see the letter in the May 2010 issue about the hidden contest in the July 2009 issue? It was pretty tough- you had to decipher semaphores made of watch hands and Morse code from blades of grass (sounds like A Treasure's Trove!) I didn't find that one, but I did find a hidden contest in a later issue. I sent in the answer and got a prize within a week; not a Games tshirt but a book.

15 Mar 5, 2010 9:43:25 AM
John on Games '09 (January-March)

Paula: did you even check out Panda Magazine on-line? If so, what is your impression?

16 Mar 1, 2010 12:10:35 PM
Paula on Games '09 (January-March)

Ahhh...struck today with a longing for the days of March Madness gone by...

Can anybody direct me to somewhere to get a "puzzling fix"...preferably where the answers aren't posted anywhere...I'mm looking for the rush associated with "aha moments" that can only be earned...

17 Feb 6, 2010 5:19:39 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I received my T-shirt for WYWW7 in November.

I didn't receive my check for Grille Work until about 4 months after I sent in my form. I got my check for WYWW6 in less than 2 months.

I already miss the contests. I wish that they could find a sponsor for the contests rather than discontinue them.

18 Feb 6, 2010 2:32:21 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

I also received my t-shirt a while ago. It didn't come for the longest time, but I think that i got it before December. Good luck with your check.

19 Feb 5, 2010 3:56:13 PM
Wendy on Games '09 (January-March)

I received my T-Shirt. I can't remember exactly when I got it, but I know it was a long time after the contest ended. I forgot all about it so it was a surprise when it came.

I've won a contest a couple of times and I want to say that I received the check around two months after I completed the prize form (this was back in the day when prizes were $1,000). I got the prize form about 6 weeks after the contest ended, I think.

I'm with Susy -- I'm not going to renew my subscription. It's too bad. I've been a subscriber for 17 years.

20 Feb 5, 2010 9:13:19 AM
Clive Dawson on Games '09 (January-March)

I'm curious if any of the Games T-shirt winners for WYWW7 have received said shirts? I'm asking because I have yet to receive my $500, despite a couple of phonecalls to Jennifer Orehowsky. Does anybody know if this long of a delay is normal? I hope that when they made the budget cuts for future contests, they left enough to cover the prizes for the final contest!

Clive

21 Jan 5, 2010 1:37:34 PM
Jeff R. on Games '09 (January-March)

March 2010 issue is in the mail with an above-average feature in the front section, a "Call Our Bluff" composed of Wizard of Oz trivia, anecdotes and (presumably) made-up stuff.

22 Jan 5, 2010 1:35:25 PM
Jeff R. on GAMES '08 Thread

March 2010 issue is in the mail with an above-average feature in the front section, a "Call Our Bluff" composed of Wizard of Oz trivia, anecdotes and (presumably) made-up stuff.

23 Dec 24, 2009 8:01:43 AM
John on Games '09 (January-March)

Merry Christmas and Solstice to all puzzle-lovers. I hope your seasonal celebration is joyous and prosperous. For a neat online game check out:
www.continuitygame.com

24 Dec 2, 2009 6:00:55 PM
Jeff R. on Games '09 (January-March)

Great catch, Art. I can't believe they thought no one would notice.

25 Nov 29, 2009 10:53:38 AM
art on Games '09 (January-March)

I'm a little late on this but ah well. Take a look at Pencil Pointers in the November 2009 Games issue. Look familiar? That's because you saw it a month or two earlier in the September 2009 Games World of Puzzles issue as Pencil Pointers 2! Interestingly, the same author is not listed for each printing, and a couple of clues are reworded too. I know Games tends to reprint puzzles, but this must be the shortest turnaround time yet!

26 Nov 17, 2009 7:43:40 AM
Sports Dissertation on FINAL FOUR

Blogs are so informative where we get lots of information on any topic. Nice job keep it up!!

27 Nov 14, 2009 12:18:45 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

A week-long Sudoku Variations contest just started at the Diogen website:

http://diogen.h1.ru/cgi-bin/contest/contest.pl?id=33

It includes some open-ended optimization puzzles.

Some browser/security software thinks Diogen is a security risk for some reason...they're just harmless puzzle folk.

28 Nov 14, 2009 12:15:44 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

A week-long Sudoku Variations contest just started at the Diogen website:

http://diogen.h1.ru/cgi-bin/contest/contest.pl?id=33

It includes some open-ended optimization puzzles.

Some browser/security software thinks Diogen is a security risk for some reason...they're just harmless puzzle folk.

29 Nov 11, 2009 6:26:18 PM
susy on Games '09 (January-March)

Yeah, I just got Feb 2010 too. It's my last issue before my subscription runs out. I tried to come up with a reason to renew, and failed. So long, Games...

30 Nov 9, 2009 8:26:30 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

February 2010 in the mail!!!! I'm so unexcited!!!!!

31 Nov 2, 2009 9:02:54 AM
timbabwe on Games '09 (January-March)

Are Games & GWOP phasing out contests?
No direct mention, but I haven't seen any
lately.

32 Oct 22, 2009 11:54:10 AM
MartinD on Games '09 (January-March)

I second the recommendation for Panda Magazine. You have to pay for a subscription ($4.95 an issue or 6 issues for $24.95), but the bimonthly issues are all high quality puzzles. Each issue contains a puzzle hunt with 10 to 15 puzzles all leading to a final answer. There are also other individual puzzles in each issue very similar to GAMES' Pencilwise. The next issue comes out on October 31.

33 Oct 22, 2009 7:19:54 AM
Craig K. on Games '09 (January-March)

Paula, it sounds like Panda Magazine (http://pandamagazine.com/) should be something like what you're looking for. There are no honest-to-goodness prizes, and no find-the-best-score contests, but every issue does have a puzzle-hunt-like puzzle extravaganza, as per the website.

There are also a number of different once-a-year online puzzle hunts out there. I'll try to remember to post pointers to a few them after work.

34 Oct 21, 2009 1:51:15 PM
Paula on Games '09 (January-March)

Does anyone have any suggestions for websites to feed my hunger for competitive puzzle solving? I can find lost of puzzles on line, but I really miss the puzzle-hunt and meta-puzzle types of things we did here.

35 Oct 21, 2009 7:50:19 AM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

John, It is a shame GAMES has not written a tribute to Bob(I have not seen one). He made many wonderful 'puzzling' contributions to their magazine, and he should be recognized and honored for it.

We should have our own tribute...here...Dec 21,2009, on the anniversary of his passing.

Like myself, I'm sure many of you have stories and antidotes about Bob, to share.

36 Oct 20, 2009 9:46:04 AM
John on Games '09 (January-March)

A reminder that the anniversary of Bob Lodge's death is coming up December 21. Did GAMES ever have a story or article on him? If not, well, that's very sad.

37 Oct 20, 2009 9:40:27 AM
John on Games '09 (January-March)

When I think of the Bob Lodge puzzles we were able to do on here (for free), I get nostalgic. Not to mention the other great composers (you know who you are). Do contest puzzles cost more than the regular puzzles? Often they are (were) hard, but sometimes not. That may be another deciding factor in eliminating contests. Plus the person-cost of processing and handling of contest entries, who knows? If so, where the contest is or whether there is a prize (a t-shirt is the best anyway) may not greatly matter. But I support asking for sure.

38 Oct 19, 2009 2:58:03 PM
Mike on Games '09 (January-March)

Jim brought up a great point on the whole "enrichment" value; some of my greatest middle school and high school moments is when I would spend a couple months at a time attempting to tackle the latest Bob Lodge contest conundrum or anything else the magazine would offer. I'm not necessarily a restless solver, who quickly resorts to looking at the answers, but knowing that the answers to contests aren't there lets me attempt to solve the contest over an extended period of time...and it's really cool to see several "A-ha!" moments emerge throughout its course, even if I never fully solved it in the end.

39 Oct 16, 2009 8:34:14 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

Another point - if column space in the printed magazine is any financial concern, I and I suspect most of us would be happy with good contests posted only on the web site.

40 Oct 16, 2009 8:31:14 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

I will write the Games editors this weekend, and I suggest we all do.

Budget concern as far as prize money goes can be greatly reduced, I believe, by making all the prizes be subscriptions of various lengths. We don't solve contests for the enrichment....right? And I can't believe that by having contests occupy a page or two of each issue, the opportunity cost in not using the space for some other content is any factor. Games knows they have an enthusiastic community of contest solvers - can the same be said about the bland picture puzzles that appear in the front of each issue, or about the rules for abstruse games that appear in most issues (which I happen to like) and which probably very few people ever play?

41 Oct 16, 2009 9:40:24 AM
Mark Mammel on Games '09 (January-March)

I emailed GAMES to ask about the lack of contests and received a response:

Dear Mark,

As you guessed, the lack of contests in recent issues of GAMES is due to the fact that the budget allowance for the contests has been eliminated. We as the editorial staff are hoping to be able to reinstate at least an occasional contest in 2010, but their future as of now is uncertain.

I apologize for not being able to be more helpful, but I thank you and all of those who are active on your website for your concern and continued support of GAMES.

Sincerely,
Jennifer Orehowsky
Senior Editor, Games Publications

42 Oct 15, 2009 10:32:30 AM
Paula on Games '09 (January-March)

I fear the magazine is on its way out as well. :-( I decided not to renew my subscription for fear of being dropped. It makes me very sad though because it was by far the best puzzle/game magazine on the market. The rest on that shelf of the newsstand all look the same.

I think that this is another casualty of the shift in media forms. A solution would be for someone to develop a web site full of all of the variety that we saw in GAMES and to attract users into a true "puzzling" community. It could even include contests!

43 Oct 14, 2009 6:31:35 PM
Jeff R, on Games '09 (January-March)

The December issue is in the mail (street date Oct. 27) with results of WWYW 7 (from July, the final contest to appear in GAMES) and an extended report on the entries.

This is the GAMES 200 issue, with a corresponding higher single-issue price. Games of the year are Small Wonder (a board game) and Batman Arkham Asylum (electronic). The cover features some Eyeball Benders.

44 Oct 13, 2009 8:04:03 AM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

Suzy...I hate to admit it, because I'm going to miss the mag and had recently renewed my subscription until Oct 2010!, but I think you're right. I fear, they'll drop us without notice. (That's how it happened the first time...no notice...no issue.)

JmSr...If this site disolves, too, I want you to know, you've done a wonderful job...Thanks for all you've contributed to this site, it's been a good run. I had great fun, enjoyed the many discussions, and terrific puzzles, ...and to my fellow contributors to this page... I'll miss you most of all!

My best to everyone!!

45 Oct 11, 2009 12:59:00 PM
Susy on Games '09 (January-March)

I'm afraid we are far more likely to see Games Magazine disappear again than we are to see monthly contests return. The magazine has gone so far downhill that the contest problem is likely twofold: 1) lack of money to provide prizes; and 2) lack of staff or contributors capable of creating and running challenging, original contests. The last few in-print contests became a hopeless repetition and rehashing of the same ideas over and over again. And the online contests and non-contest puzzles are also relying heavily on recycled ideas. It'll become a vicious cycle as more and more readers/subscribers give up on them because Games can no longer produce a quality product.

Sorry for the downer, but that's the way I see it.

46 Oct 10, 2009 10:49:15 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

Right Toni. I really hope the contests will start again soon. I wonder if there is someone that we can contact regarding the status of the contests.

47 Oct 10, 2009 8:48:41 PM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

Congratulations Clive! Congrats also to all the runners up!

Robin, I agree; no spark when the issue arrives, but plenty of disappointment. I'm hoping they'll start up again in '10.

I wonder if GAMES realizes how many readers are twiddling their thumbs because there hasn't been a contest (in months) to research, calculate, or stuff.

What do you think... will the new year ring in with some new contests????

48 Oct 9, 2009 10:21:09 AM
JimfromMN on Games '09 (January-March)

Hi,

JimfromMN here....

To Robin....

I have yet to receive my GAMES T-shirt...

49 Oct 8, 2009 11:41:19 AM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

just wondering if anyone has gotten their tee shirt yet for being a runner up in the wyww 7 contest?

50 Oct 7, 2009 11:23:32 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

I noticed the same inconsistency.

51 Sep 25, 2009 10:06:12 AM
Konali Cormier on Games '09 (January-March)

I have an issue with a Cartoon Rebuses solution (from May). This is part of the email I sent to GAMES:

This is regarding answer #5, Carolina Panthers. In the actual picture, I assume that the coach has a frontal lisp, and I also assume that the word “Panthers” in the solution comes from him saying “THolutionTH” (or something to that affect). I am in the process of earning a Master’s degree in Speech-Language pathology and I find that the answer is not consistent with the coach’s speech disorder. If he used “TH” in the place of an “S” in the picture, more than likely, he would have said “AntherTH”, not “AntherS”. I know this seems like a minor flaw, but you can probably see (from my field of study) why I can’t sleep until I submit this concern.
Thanks for reading!
Konali Cormier

52 Sep 20, 2009 2:10:24 PM
JimfromMN on Games '09 (January-March)

Hi,

Thank you Robin for the congratulations!...

I got my letter from GAMES yesterday notifying me that I was a runner-up in WYWW7....

Thank you Clive for the condolences and congratulations on winning!...

And a congratulations to everyone else that got a letter from GAMES too....

53 Sep 20, 2009 4:52:49 AM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

Congrats to Clive on your WYWW win! Hopefully, we will get another chance at this contest a couple of years down the road, but it doesn't look hopeful. What are they thinking? I used to look forward to each and every issure of Games and World of Puzzles, but now the spark is gone. They need to provide contests to keep the interest up.

54 Sep 19, 2009 7:07:16 PM
Kevin on Games '09 (January-March)


I always send in one entry, because I think that's what people should do.

Though after the ludicrous Grille Work screw-up, where the winner insists she did not even have an eligible entry, I may not enter new contests anymore. I dropped World Of Puzzles a few years back, and I think it's probably time to drop GAMES entirely.

55 Sep 19, 2009 12:59:47 PM
Clive Dawson on Games '09 (January-March)

My friend phoned me as I was walking in the house last night to tell me that he had gotten a letter from Games. It said that he was a runner-up in WYWW and would receive a T-shirt.

So I quickly checked my mail and sure enough, there was a letter from Games. Only this one told me that I was the winner of the $500!! Amazing!

So our suspense is over. Jim, my condolences go especially to you and your 41 entries. I only sent in 6, but I guess the gods of probability sometimes like to amuse themselves and play tricks...! ;-)

Looking forward to future contests, however bleak the outlook for those is looking.

Clive

56 Sep 15, 2009 2:53:47 PM
Wendy on Games '09 (January-March)

And no new contest. Yet again.

57 Sep 8, 2009 7:43:08 PM
Jeff R, on Games '09 (January-March)

The November issue is in the mail (street date Sept. 22) with the report on the Cartoon Rebus contest. There were 785 entries, "the majority of which" had all 14 correct.

58 Aug 21, 2009 4:55:32 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

i know that some of the cards that i sent in were incorrect. i wasn't sure whether they wanted vatican city or italy, and i wasn't sure if the wanted united arab emirates or dubai. i probably sent in around 20 or 22 cards, but i am assuming that about 12-15 were correct. so glad for jim in mn that his postcards were accepted. that is really ironic that with that many entries you didn't win. but, congrats on getting them all!

59 Aug 21, 2009 12:56:13 PM
JimfromMN on Games '09 (January-March)

Hi,

JimfromMN here....

I got an e-mail from GAMES....

Here it is ===>


Dear James,

I checked with Peter Gordon, who judged the contest, and you did indeed have 41 all-correct entries. Not all the entries from all the other people who submitted all-correct entries were correct, which is which the totals didn't make sense to you. You were somewhat unlucky not to win the random draw.

Sincerely,

Wayne Schmittberger
Editor in Chief, GAMES

So it seems that some of the entries from some of the winners weren't all-correct...

So the question to the winners should then be ===>

"How many of your total entries were all-correct?"

It turned out that even with a 56 percent chance of winning the random draw that I didn't win....

Oh well...Better luck next time, if there is one....

I'm still wondering why some winners got calls though while others didn't....

60 Aug 20, 2009 7:45:55 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

Moving contests online, and lowering the prize booty to something like lifetime subscriptions, or even 10 year subscriptions, would be fine by me as long as the online contests didn't suck.

61 Aug 20, 2009 8:51:34 AM
JmSR on Games '09 (January-March)

I don't know. My guess is that GAMES was seeing a decline in participation for its contests and they were expensive, difficult to run and, ultimately, did not drive much circulation.

By moving their contests on-line, they have been able to avoid a lot of the headaches of publication etc. And they then can provide more space for the things that sell, namely crossword puzzles.

62 Aug 20, 2009 8:30:46 AM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

My guess is, there won't be a GAMES magazine after the last issue comes out for December. Having no contests, or contest deadlines, or contestants to deal with, the magazine can be printed in advance.

They're closing up shop, and contests can only get in their way.

What do you think? Is this a fair assumption?

63 Aug 20, 2009 7:46:15 AM
Wendy on Games '09 (January-March)

I didn't give out my phone number either.

Jim, I think the math could work out if Robin sent in only 8 and a couple of people sent in one card each with the right answers. Don V said he only sent in one. Now, that may seem strange to only send in one, but not if they weren't sure of all of the answers. A person could have sent in multiple cards, but only one of their cards had the right answers. For instance, they could have had them all right except for Hot Springs and guessed several other National Parks, including one with Hot Springs. I actually sent in one extra card with Laredo, TX for #5 "just in case" because the bottom half of the card showed the Laredo, TX side of the bridge and I just could not find that IMSS building. Not only that, but I actually found cards with that view of the bridge that said Laredo, TX on them.

So, this is how it could break down:
JimfromMN - 41
Wendy -10
Robin - 8
Clive - 6
Lauri - 5
DonV -1
Clive's Friend - 1
Contestant 8 - 1

As for why Mr. Gordon called some people and not all: my guess is that he only called people who got them all correct this time who also got them all correct (or almost all correct) in previous WYWW contests. It is not normal for GAMES to call people about contest results. In the past, I've only ever received written notices, and it takes several weeks after the contest ends to get the notice. So Don V, Clive, or JimfromMN, one of you has probably won.

My husband seems to think that the purpose of Mr. Gordon's calls was to find out how we solve these contests so that he can make them harder the next time. I think he just wanted some comments for the results write-up.

64 Aug 19, 2009 9:22:16 PM
DonV on Games '09 (January-March)

You can throw me into the mix also. I got them all correct, but I only sent in one entry. I also got the Grille Works correct and heven't heard anything about that one either. Oh, well, fun contests anyhow.

65 Aug 19, 2009 12:14:17 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I received an e-mail from GAMES after I had questioned the "Grille Work" results. I was told that they accepted some alternative answers.

I am surprised that they had accepted "Lincoln Town Car" for "Lincoln Continental".

66 Aug 19, 2009 7:03:41 AM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

JimfromMN,
The total winning entries (73) is the correct figure (assuming Robin sent in 17 instead of her estimated 15), for FOUR people (Jim 41, Robin 17, Wendy 10, and Laurie 5).

Why he contacted them and not you, is a mystery. With all 30 answers correct, you have every right to be included in the winning draw. There is no way ALL 41 entries were lost in the mail.


The whole thing is a mystery; either the "8 people" number was misquoted, or something underhanded is going on.

Good luck to all of you...keep us posted.

67 Aug 19, 2009 1:02:19 AM
JimfromMN on Games '09 (January-March)

Hi,
JimfromMN here....
I have a problem with GAMES' WYWW7 contest results....
I usually only send in a couple of entries to a contest....
But I managed to solve all 30 of the places for certain on the WYWW7 contest....
After seeing how hard the WYWW6 contest was, I decided that not many people would find them all and decided to enter a bunch of times....
So I sent in 41 entries & took a gamble....
I know that it costed more, but I decided to send them each in an envelope for three reasons...
1. Even with my computer's smallest print, I was unable to format the 30 answers, my name and address, & the mailing address in the space provided on the back of the GREETINGS FROM postcard...
2. The post office usually adds a "ZIP code bar code" label to the back of postcards and I didn't want that to cover up my answers...
3. For privacy, I didn't want others to see my answers...
I went back and checked the 30 answers that I sent in with those posted here....
All 30 of them agree....
I sent my entries in over the course of a few days from different places 2 weeks prior to the contest deadline of August 3....
So, my problem is this....
If my 41 entries were counted as correct then the amount of TOTAL correct entries must be more than 73, given the amount that other winners here have reported sending in....
The only conclusion is that my 41 correct entries never got counted....
I sent an e-mail to GAMES asking them about this....
It makes me wonder what happened, especially considering Laurie's Aug 17, 2009 post....
Does anyone have any ideas what is going on?.....

68 Aug 17, 2009 8:49:11 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

i didn't put my phone number on any postcards either.

69 Aug 17, 2009 4:13:32 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I didn't include my phone number with my WYWW7 entry.

I received my October issue of GAMES today. The "Grille Work" results must be the biggest goof in the history of GAMES. I know that I had two incorrect answers on my entries. They must have put my entries in the wrong pile. I shouldn't have won any prize. I don't know if I'll still win a T-shirt for erroneously being notified that I'm the grand prize winner. I think that would be the biggest laundry item ever.

70 Aug 16, 2009 10:06:28 PM
Clive Dawson on Games '09 (January-March)

I'm assuming that the WYWW drawing stopped after the winner was drawn because there were only 8 people with correct entries. So presumably anybody who got them all correct will get at least a T-shirt, right?

I was worried when I heard that Robin, Wendy and Laurie got calls and I didn't, but then I realized that I didn't include a phone number on my postcards (duh!). Hopefully I'll get a letter. If anybody's trying to calculate probabilities, I sent in 6 cards.

71 Aug 15, 2009 4:21:46 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I also got a call telling me that I am a runner-up. I sent in 5 postcards, the same number as WYWW6.

I would like to see another WYWW contest in a few years, if GAMES is still going to have contests.

72 Aug 15, 2009 4:05:51 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

wendy, i think i sent in maybe 12-15 cards. i really didn't count. i wonder if laurie won? anyway, at least we did manage to find them all, which is a great accomplishment. i remember the very first wyww contest was 20 postcards. i didn't have a computer, of course, and i spent most of my time in the library for 3 months! although i have found in previous contests all but one, i really enjoyed knowing i got them all this time. well, according to peter, we can expect another one in a couple of years! congrats, again.

73 Aug 15, 2009 2:09:32 PM
Wendy on Games '09 (January-March)

Peter Gordon called me, too. I got them all right, but lost in the random draw. How many did you send in, Robin? I sent in 10.

74 Aug 15, 2009 1:18:58 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

Was informed today (Saturday) that i was a runner up in the wwyw postcard contest. The man said that only 8 people got them all right, and that there were 73 winning postcards. Rats! I guess I'll try again in a couple of years.

75 Aug 14, 2009 4:04:50 AM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

Does anyone know approximately when we will be informed of the winners of the Wish You Were Where contest? Do they notify winners before it comes out in print?

76 Aug 13, 2009 12:31:38 PM
Jay Winter on Games '09 (January-March)

Answers posted by another solver on the web prior to the contest close? That's almost as disappointing as GAMES not running contests in the magazine...

77 Aug 12, 2009 8:24:50 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I had assumed that everyone got all of the Cartoon Rebuses answers. If you google "cartoon rebuses", you will find that all the answers for the May 2009 contest were posted on another site before the end of April.

78 Aug 12, 2009 7:49:27 PM
Susy Ingraham on Games '09 (January-March)

If anyone is really desperate for a Games contest, the new online one is up. It's yet another Role Playing puzzle.

Susy

79 Aug 11, 2009 9:25:49 AM
John on Games '09 (January-March)

The results from the Cartoon Rebuses (Rebi?) is posted on the Games Magazine web page. I did not enter for the first time in years because I could not get #8. Ever since the Montreal Expos moved (sniff) I have not followed baseball closely. I still find these fun.

80 Aug 10, 2009 8:09:07 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

October is in the mail today, and still no contest, and not even the promised Grille Work results that in the September issue were mentioned coming...oh wait, there they are on page 76, but they don't even get a mention in the table of contents!

It's as if Games has totally washed their hands of contests. I believe that on the August letters page the contest was promised to return "next month", but not a peep now from the editors.

Really bad form.

81 Aug 10, 2009 8:03:44 PM
Jim Miller on Games '09 (January-March)

I didn't spend much time on the contest, but I'm curious how people identified #10 as Arizona (Camelback, Monk Rock). I searched online images for "silhouette", "rock", mountain", "western US", and various combinations of those. What else IS there in the picture to go on? I pored through hundreds of search results. Most of them were generic, artistic shots of mountain silhouettes at sunset. The star/lens flare in the shot leaned me towards a religious theme, so if I had entered and not searched that one more, I would have guessed Utah.

That it might be a named "rock formation" crossed my mind, but I didn't get any close hits going that route either.

I was using google image search.

82 Aug 9, 2009 10:44:34 PM
Kevin on Games '09 (January-March)


Enjoying the comments, thank you... I wonder if anyone found a photo of the Hendersonville, NC "Gymnasium" or if you all found the court house first (as I did, though it took forever, and only after last-ditch keyword attempts like "striped & facade & columns"). I never found the IMSS building in #5 either.

I almost got Eilat; it was one of the short-word cities I investigated, but couldn't pin it down. Finding Ayr after much searching of British statues felt a great relief... I can't believe I missed the page 1 clue "Station Hotel"!

83 Aug 9, 2009 9:26:49 AM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I also found a postcard that has the picture of the lower part of the Hot Springs National Park postcard. It doesn't state "national park" in the description although the Desoto marker is in the park. This postcard is currently for sale on Ebay.

http://cgi.ebay.com/THE-DE-SOTO-MARKER-HOT-SPRINGS-ARKANSAS-POSTCARD_W0QQitemZ390041391074QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad0474fe2&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14

The first WYWW contest that I ever tried was #5. I don't remember anything prior to that.

84 Aug 9, 2009 7:51:14 AM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

Good luck to everyone who got all 30 correct!!

Does anyone remember seeing postcard #15 (the citadel)in another WYWW? contest? It looked so familiar to me, yet I couldn't find it when I searched through some..not all...of my past issues.

85 Aug 8, 2009 11:33:55 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

I was the one who bought the Hot Springs Natl Park postcard on Ebay. I snatched it up when i found it.

86 Aug 8, 2009 1:09:38 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

To me WYWW6 was far more difficult that WYWW7. I still don't know how people identified the Waukesha postcard. I almost didn't enter WYWW6 because I hadn't gotten them all. Considering that I won, not entering would have been a big mistake.

The buildings in the Eilat postcard looked Middle Eastern to me. The people in the postcard didn't look like they lived in a country with a custom of restrictive attire. I narrowed it down to a few countries which included Israel. I looked for coastal cities with short names.

This is the photo that confirmed Eilat for me:

http://www.admin.technion.ac.il/iaeste/gallery/Eilat.jpg

When I was working on the WYWW7 contest in April, the Hot Springs National Park postcard was for sale on Ebay. I found it while searching all postcards for National Parks. When I looked few days later, the postcard had been purchased.

Here is a more recent photo of the rock:

http://image40.webshots.com/40/8/53/46/377485346fAiXcl_ph.jpg

The biggest clue for Ayr was on page 1 of the July issue. That page has an enlargement of a section of the postcard. The words "Station Hotel" are fairly clear. I just searched for "Station Hotel" on Google and found it easily.

I did notice that the Juneau card on Card Cow has a mirror image of one of the pictures. Also, the background color is different.

87 Aug 8, 2009 7:30:45 AM
Clive Dawson on Games '09 (January-March)

A friend and I worked on WYWW and we also got them all correct. I agree that this year's contest was easier than previous ones (or perhaps we now have better search tools?!)

We thought the hardest one was Eilat, Israel. What finally confirmed it was when we found the building in the picture, the Edomit hotel (www.edomit.com). Note the name of the hotel in red letters down the side of the building. That vertical name is faintly, but unmistakably, visible in the hotel in the postcard. Another clue we relied on was the relatively narrow space following "Greetings from" which implied a short name. I'd be interested in hearing about other interesting paths that folks took to finding this one (and others).

The last one we found was Hot Springs, N.P., which we rated as the second hardest. Certainly the luckiest one for us was the impossible-looking dark silhouette of the Praying Monk. Turns out my sister's ex-boyfriend is an Arizonian and recognized it immediately.

Our biggest "Aha!" moment was Ayr, Scotland, when we realized how much had changed from the time of postcard (the trees!) and at the same time how much had stayed the same. The lovely Ayr Pavilion in the top picture still stands, but is now known as "Pirate Pete's". I had become so familiar with the part of the Scottish coastline via Google maps and images that when I saw some of the British Open Golf Tournament on TV a few weeks ago (played at Turnberry's Golf Course) I immediately guessed (correctly) that it had to be very close to Ayr.

Laurie, you did an awesome job of finding so many of the actual postcards. By the way, did you happen to notice that your Juneau postcard seems to have the image of the glacier reversed?!

On the subject of subscriptions: I had grown tired of picking Games up from the bookstore every month, so I finally got around to subscribing via the web back around May. To date I have heard and received nothing. I need to look at my credit card records to find out if I was ever charged.

88 Aug 4, 2009 5:59:33 PM
CharlieHammontonNJ on Games '09 (January-March)

I'm sure I saw Mr. Peanut walking down that bridge... maybe it was the combination of fingerprint smudges, perspiration and tears. I've never been so frustrated by a Games contest... even Calculatrivia.

Amazing job, Laurie, Wendy & Robin... Good luck to everyone who managed to get all of them right.

89 Aug 4, 2009 4:14:40 PM
Robin on Games '09 (January-March)

Yes, I also got all of the postcards, and it took me only about 30 days to find them. This was by far the easiest WYWW they have offered in a long time. I have gotten tee shirts in all the past WYWW contests, and I am hoping for the grand prize this time, but it seems like a lot of people might have gotten them all. Good luck to everyone!

90 Aug 4, 2009 2:54:54 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

Did anyone else other get all of them? It's unlikely that Wendy and I will be the only ones.

91 Aug 4, 2009 9:58:37 AM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

No, Charlie, not a hat. I thought I saw a plaid skirt; Scottish tartan, possibly Nova Scotia, or Quebec. As it turns out, I was way too far north;-)

All of my answers (except for #19 and #21)are the same as Laurie's.

#19..Eliat..."a city in Israel adjacent to the Egyptian city of Taba"....my answer was Taba.

#21...Hot Springs N.P....Not even close!


Good luck, Laurie!!

92 Aug 4, 2009 7:21:34 AM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I tried to find as many postcards with actual pictures of the postcards used in the contest.

Did anyone else find others?

Grand Coulee Dam
http://cgi.ebay.com/Grand-Coulee-Dam-WASHINGTON-WA_W0QQitemZ380076015302QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item587e4bbec6&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A3%7C294%3A50

Juneau, Alaska
http://www.cardcow.com/137379/greetings-from-juneau-juneau-alaska-juneau/

Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
http://www.cardcow.com/157171/saludos-de-la-frontera-foreign-countries-mexico/#img

Hendersonville, North Carolina
http://cgi.ebay.com/G1218-HENDERSONVILLE-N-C-POSTCARD-MULTI-VIEWS_W0QQitemZ350187185233QQihZ022QQcategoryZ20227QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Davenport, Iowa
http://cgi.ebay.com/Aerial-view-of-Davenport-Iowa-Postcard_W0QQitemZ370124856045QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item370124856045&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50

Churchill Downs
http://cgi.ebay.com/Churchill-Downs-Kentucky-Derby-Louisville-KY-1960s_W0QQitemZ220405297348QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item33512df0c4&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A4%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A200#ebayphotohosting

Road Town, Tortola – BVI
http://www.flickr.com/photos/striderv/2873678640/

Hot Springs National Park, Ark.
http://cgi.ebay.com/1962-GREETINGS-FROM-HOT-SPRINGS-NATIONAL-PARK-AR-PC_W0QQitemZ390011816890QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item390011816890&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A4%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A200

Beavertail Lighthouse
http://cgi.ebay.com/Jamestown-R-I-Beavertail-LIGHTHOUSE_W0QQitemZ250415685410QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item3a4df01f22&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A4%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A1%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A200

Ischia Island
http://cgi.ebay.com/Map-postcard-Isola-d-Ischia-Napoli-Campania-Italy_W0QQitemZ300260998128QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item45e8f33bf0&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=66%3A2%7C65%3A10%7C39%3A1%7C240%3A1318%7C301%3A0%7C293%3A1%7C294%3A50#ebayphotohosting

Minnesota
http://www.cardcow.com/98997/greetings-from-minnesota-bloomington-us-state-town-views-minnesota-bloomington/

Santa Fe, New Mexico
http://www.cardcow.com/90977/loretto-academy-santa-fe-new-mexico-santa-fe/
http://www.playle.com/listing.php?i=KDL62485

Bremen
http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/BJpIWvYCF0kCEjA0JEwMyw

United Arab Emirates
http://www.postcrossing.com/postcards/AE-367

93 Aug 4, 2009 6:07:45 AM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

Here are my answers:

1. Grand Coulee Dam
2. Zagreb, Croatia
3. Juneau, Alaska
4. Ticino, Switzerland
5. Nuevo Laredo, Mexico
6. Winnipeg
7. Abu Simbel
8. Hendersonville, North Carolina
9. Vatican City
10. Arizona (Praying Monk Rock – Camelback Mountain)
11. Davenport, Iowa
12. Nassau, Bahamas (Parliament)
13. Rhine River
14. Churchill Downs
15. Haiti (Citadelle Laferriere)
16. San Francisco
17. Ayr, Scotland
18. Houston, Texas
19. Eilat, Israel
20. Road Town, Tortola - BVI
21. Hot Springs National Park, Ark. (Gulpha Gorge Bridge/Desoto Marker)
22. Beavertail Lighthouse
23. Ischia Island
24. Atlanta (Centennial Park)
25. Minnesota (Mall of America)
26. Vaxjo, Sweden
27. Santa Fe, New Mexico
28. Lake Tahoe
29. Bremen
30. United Arab Emirates

94 Aug 4, 2009 6:06:22 AM
Wendy on Games '09 (January-March)

I had all the same as Kevin plus these:

15. Haiti
19. Eilat, Israel
20. Road Town, Tortola BVI
23. Ischia, Italy

I thought WYWW 6 was a lot harder

95 Aug 3, 2009 11:47:30 PM
Kevin on Games '09 (January-March)


Here are my answers, with four blanks. I am so embarrassed, Charlie, that I couldn't find #15 Haiti (I went through the UNESCO list for Europe but not for the Americas) or #23 Ischia (somehow I checked out Capri but not its neighbor!).

For #21, the foliage looked like central/eastern US to me, where there are few National Parks; tried Googling their names with "bridge", and voila...

My hardest catches were #5 (oh, it's a border crossing!); #8 (apparently those are *not* Western conifers); #11 (sweet lord, is that bridge hard to find); and #17 (sure looks British, but man did that take a while).

Did anybody else not recognize the skyscraper or Olympic plaza in #24, and pursue it based on the type of fountain? :)

1 GRAND COULEE DAM
2 ZAGREB, Croatia
3 JUNEAU, Alaska
4 TICINO, Switzerland
5 NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico
6 WINNIPEG, Manitoba
7 ABU SIMBEL
8 HENDERSONVILLE, North Carolina
9 VATICAN CITY
10 ARIZONA
11 DAVENPORT, Iowa
12 NASSAU, Bahamas
13 RHINE
14 CHURCHILL DOWNS
15
16 SAN FRANCISCO, California
17 AYR, Scotland
18 HOUSTON, Texas
19
20
21 HOT SPRINGS NATIONAL PARK
22 BEAVERTAIL LIGHTHOUSE
23
24 ATLANTA, Georgia
25 MINNESOTA
26 VÄXJÖ, Sweden
27 SANTA FE, New Mexico
28 LAKE TAHOE
29 BREMEN, Germany
30 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

So is the camel in #19 a red herring, or is that indeed a mideastern landscape? Wherefore art thou, 4- or 5-letter city? :)


96 Aug 3, 2009 11:06:22 PM
CharlieHammontonNJ on Games '09 (January-March)

Laurie, that's mindboggling... you must be in the postcard archival business ;-) Can't wait to see your answers!

Toni, was your "something" in #21 wearing a top hat?

I'm also disappointed about the contests... I hope they are only taking a step back to rework their editing procedures to minimize the mistakes we've seen recently.

97 Aug 3, 2009 8:36:34 PM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

Laurie.....FIVE DAYS?? WOW!!

You must have EXCELLENT researching skills!

Great going!
Good luck!!!

98 Aug 3, 2009 8:30:47 PM
Toni on Games '09 (January-March)

Paula, about a month ago I renewed my subscription for another year. If they're planning to fold I hope (but won't count on it) they'll announce it. There was no announcement, or refund, the last time. I'm more concerned about losing the subscription than losing the subscription cost.

Charlie, I had trouble with #19 and #21. (It took me a long time, up to a week ago, to get the others.)I was in the same area as you with #19, but have a different city. Took an educated guess.

#21...total guess. I couldn't find anything relating to the clues in the postcard. (the rock, the bridge) I did "see" something else in the card that might have given me a clue to the general location, but that didn't pan out. Way too many National Parks in the world, and if the location isn't narrowed down, the research is unending.

I'll discuss that clue, and whether or not it turns out to be the correct clue..tomorrow, if someone should happen to list the correct answers.


I, and many others I'm sure, are anxious to see the correct answers.


99 Aug 3, 2009 8:12:37 PM
Laurie on Games '09 (January-March)

I didn't have too many difficulties with Wish You Were ... Where? 7 because I was able to get all of the answers in just 5 days.
I will post my answers tomorrow.

100 Aug 3, 2009 6:32:05 PM
CharlieHammontonNJ on Games '09 (January-March)

#15 is in Haiti... I didn't find it until I started searching for "citadel". #23 is a small island off the coast of Italy called Ischia. I am certain about those two. #20 looked like Wellington, New Zealand to me. For #19, I sent entries with either Dahab, Egypt or Doha, Qatar... total guess. I had trouble with #12 and #21.