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Christmas Sudoku Solution January 13, 2007

Posted by Sacha in Puzzles.
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Here’s the solution to the sudoku puzzle I posted last month: 

C  H  R  I  *  T  M  A  S
A  *  M  C  H  S  R  I  T
S  I  T  R  A  M  C  *  H
H  C  I  S  M  R  *  T  A
T  R  A  *  C  I  H  S  M
*  M  S  H  T  A  I  C  R
I  A  C  M  S  H  T  R  *
R  T  H  A  I  *  S  M  C
M  S  *  T  R  C  A  H  I

Now I’m off to find a new puzzle for January.  Any suggestions for places to find interesting puzzles?


Two Puzzle Month November 13, 2006

Posted by Sacha in Mathematics, Puzzles.
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As I mentioned in my last post, I went to a puzzle challenge last weekend.  They had some great puzzles, so I’ve chosen two to be my puzzles of the month. 

The first one is time consuming, but even if you don’t solve the whole thing, the steps along the way are fun to do.  You use pictures and ASL letters to spell out words, then use those words to solve the puzzle.  I can’t link directly to the file because it’s a large .pdf, but go to the puzzle page hereand right click on “Local Wildlife” and choose the save file option.  Maybe your browser will just open the file, but I tried Firefox and IE and neither could do it.  Does anyone know what this type of puzzle is called?  I looked on Wikipedia in the puzzle type list and couldn’t find it. 

The second puzzle I recommend is called Equation Expedition.   This one is quicker and more mathy.   Make sure to read the handwriting on this one.

All the answers are here.

Have fun!

UW Puzzle Challenge November 12, 2006

Posted by Sacha in Puzzles, Technology and/or Microsoft.
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I just finished the College Puzzle Challenge.  It was a blast!  I won’t tell you our team name, because we didn’t place so well.  But that’s okay because we learned a ton, got some schwag, and had fun.  This was the first go for us, so we’ll kick butt next time.  I’ve been at school from 8am.  It’s now 9:30pm and we’re wrapping up.  I’ll post post a couple of my favorite puzzles for the puzzle(s) of the month tomorrow, once I’ve recovered. 

Thanks so much to all the hardworking Microsoft employees who put on a great event!     

Evolutionary Anagrams October 30, 2006

Posted by Sacha in Evolution, Puzzles.
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John Hawks (Anthropology professor at the other UW, U. of Wisconsin – Mad.) made some anagrams with an evolutionary theme and posted them yesterday.  I was going to try a couple out before I wrote an entry this morning, but they look quite challenging, so I’ll have to give them a go when I get back from school.  I listed them below, but you might want to check out the post to see what he had to say about them.  What a fun idea!

1. He’s a meat dinner loon.  1. He has meat dinners, loon.

2. Unhappiest torch.

3. Learn the DNA.

4. Hopeful Nassau caricaturist.

5. Introgression rune.

6. Hail, oh handier assumptions?

7. Transatlantic hoodwinker funeral.