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A thread to discuss contests within the confines of the issue. (I'll try to spend more time here.)



Dibs. Yes, AlphaCube (2/08) seems like a good contest. The wild card doubling cube idea makes this one fresh. I'm enthused to try a GAMES contest again.

Breaking News: The versatile Jesse Kolman of Goodyear, AZ gets runner-up props for Five By Five.

Posted by: Jim Miller | Nov 24, 2007 10:48:41 PM

I'll have the answers to State Your Case on Monday.


Posted by: JmSR | Dec 2, 2007 8:01:29 AM

The clarification for the Alphacube contest is now posted on the GAMES website.

Posted by: Laurie | Dec 4, 2007 6:23:00 PM


To Bob Lodge -->

Your e-mail server is giving me the message "user is over quota" again....

I think the service you use only allows you to store so many e-mails from one address...

Would you purge some of my old e-mails to make room so that I can e-mail you?....

Best regards...Jim

Posted by: Jim from Minnesota | Dec 11, 2007 1:08:50 PM

For those working on the AlphaCube contest, it looks like the example cube given can spell out eight names, not seven. NUNAVUT can also be spelled.

Posted by: Clive | Dec 27, 2007 2:02:56 AM

They're not updating the Games site, surprise, surprise. Anyone solve online #15?

Posted by: Ross | Jan 8, 2008 2:18:10 PM

The online contest pages tend to be updated about a week after the deadlines...so I expect they'll do something with it in the next day or two.

I did solve the contest. The contest rules specify that if they don't get 5 correct entries, they'll extend the deadline and start posting clues...so I'll keep quiet for now about the solution.

Posted by: susy | Jan 8, 2008 3:18:35 PM

The online contest answers have been posted.

Posted by: Jeff | Jan 9, 2008 5:28:18 PM

With the sad Packer loss yesterday, I'm ready to switch sports...Counting the days until March Madness!

Posted by: Paula | Jan 21, 2008 1:10:48 PM

Wow...I haven't been to this site in quite some time. I know it's a little late, but "Happy New Year" everyone. I, too, am counting down the days until March Madness (IV already?) begins, which means I have to get the puzzle-making gears in motion as well. On another note, I not only solved online contest #15, I was one of the lucky 5 winners! I haven't really looked at #16 yet, but at least I know my GAMES subscription is good for another year!

Posted by: Sean F | Jan 22, 2008 2:50:38 PM

I'll put a call for submissions soon.

Posted by: JmSR | Jan 22, 2008 3:43:40 PM

There's a new Scrabble contest from the National Scrabble Association: www2.scrabble-assoc.com/subitems.asp?id=39&sid=157&ssid=108

The word list used in the contest is at: files.j--a.net/OWL2.txt

These word-crunching contests may appeal to many of us.

Posted by: Jim Miller | Feb 2, 2008 3:35:21 AM

Forgot to add, short contest period - deadline is 2/15.

Posted by: Jim Miller | Feb 2, 2008 3:37:16 AM

I'm so sorry - staying up too late tonight. The word list link I posted also contains additional, longer words which are acceptable for North American Scrabble, but not for this contest (because they don't appear in the OWL2, the Scrabble reference for shorter words). All words 2-9 letters long are acceptable for the contest. The only longer words in the list which are also acceptable are noun plurals, verb inflections, and adjective comparatives and superlatives of base words 2-9 letters in length in the list. To take an example:


are all acceptable, but


is not. I know this makes the list as a reference seem quite sketchy, but given the extra conditions I just outlined it is a reliable reference.

Posted by: Jim Miller | Feb 2, 2008 3:54:35 AM

Hi guys! I've been stumped on this puzzle for weeks and am wondering if anyone here can help me out.You are the smartest bunch of people I know. :-)

All I know is that I need to decode this and that it has something to do with "paint". (This is also how the spacing appears in the puzzle)

64 670 670 174 2470 244 284 2870 2836 5336 534 5370 596 5970 8470 844 596 10670 1154 12370 11939 11139 129701294 14170 1524 15270 16070 20270 18470 1844 1654 2024

Posted by: Paula | Feb 4, 2008 10:47:28 AM

Oops - typepad changed the spacing. There should be an extra space between numbers 6&7, 12&13, 17&18, 26&27

64 670 670 174 2470 244 284 2870 2836 5336 534 5370 596 5970 8470 844 596 10670 1154 12370 11939 11139 129701294 14170 1524 15270 16070 20270 18470 1844 1654 2024

Posted by: Paula | Feb 4, 2008 10:52:16 AM

So you mean there is a double space between 244 and 284? Maybe each number encodes a letter and each group separated by the double spaces is a word. The 129701294 seems to stand out.

Posted by: Mark Mammel | Feb 4, 2008 6:54:55 PM

It looks like you can split each number into two components. Each number ends with 4, 6, 36, 39, or 70. The remaining remnants of the numbers then form a generally ascending sequence, although that sequence does descend at certain points. I'm pretty sure "129701294" should be "12970 1294", unless concatenating the numbers is supposed to signal something like a hyphen in the decoded message.

Posted by: Alan Lemm | Feb 4, 2008 9:29:14 PM

Alan>It looks like you can split each number into two components.

Ah, yes. Now graph it! I can't quite understand the word though...

Posted by: Mark Mammel | Feb 4, 2008 10:51:23 PM

Oh, OK, I see...

Posted by: Mark Mammel | Feb 4, 2008 10:56:45 PM

I too thought the numbers were some sort of co-ordinates for a graph. Haven't worked it out yet.

Posted by: Toni | Feb 5, 2008 8:42:46 AM

Thanks guys. I knew you were the right people to ask. I had already identified the 70's and the increasing sequence but was stuck in the thought of assigning alpha values to the numbers. Never tried to graph...

Posted by: Paula | Feb 5, 2008 9:35:21 AM

I just figured it out. Anyone else?

Posted by: Alan Lemm | Feb 5, 2008 12:26:04 PM

Jackie Chan, 1998 :)

I'm dying to discuss progress on AlphaCube, so if anyone wants to compare scores (not answers), send me an email.

Posted by: seanriddle | Feb 7, 2008 10:28:02 PM

Received 4/08 today. Hidden Contest, and "Spliced Films", creative contest involving overlapping movie titles (interestingly, documentaries and tv movies disallowed, but not made for video or porn....); 11/07 Running Mates results.

Posted by: Jim Miller | Feb 10, 2008 5:11:40 AM

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