Only two days behind schedule, I have at last reached 30 puzzles. In honor of this milestone, I offer a valedictory acrostic. Don't worry, it's not a farewell to writing puzzles, just to ToPuWriMo (although I do intend to take a break for much of the next month or so). While I didn't meet every goal I set for myself, I succeeded in posting a new puzzle every day I was in town this past month, and I'm quite happy with that accomplishment. Enjoy the last puzzle of ToPuWriMo!
Today would be the last day of ToPuWriMo, had it not been for the interruption this past weekend. Instead, for my antepenultimate offering, I give you another Crypto Categories. This should be closer to the original one in difficulty, as I used a lot of the same categories (choosing different members, of course), but there are also a few borrowed from CC #2 and a couple of new ones as well.
Variety grid puzzle. Day 27 of ToPuWriMo. Acknowledgements to Patrick Berry.
Today I decided to drag myself out of my lull by attempting another Some Assembly Required, which is one of the hardest puzzle types for me to construct. I am pleased to report that I have gotten my Piece count down to 28, for an average of 7 letters per piece. To accomplish this, I was rather aggressive with my gridding at the outset, starting with #27 as a seed and always looking for places to stretch my answers by another letter or two.
Today's puzzle is later than I expected, even given the camping trip. I don't know whether it's inertia from taking an extended break during the camping trip, or burnout, or something else entirely, but I'm running out of steam. Only four more puzzles to go, but I'm afraid I'll have to go into July a bit to finish them all. Such is life.
Another cryptology puzzle. Again, I did something like this for my summer Cryptology class, but I mad a lot of changes, going from four-letter answers (which I could come up with by hand) to seven (which necessitated a computer search) and adding some structural quirks. Of course, with a title like "Vigenère's Revenge," it seems like the puzzle ought to involve transdeletions somehow, but that would probably make things unnecessarily complicated.
Today's puzzle is based on a puzzle I wrote for my summer class in Cryptology. I changed most of the answers and made the structure of the puzzle harder, but the core mechanic is the same. I hope you enjoy it!
Combination word/logic puzzle. Day 22 of ToPuWriMo.
This was a tricky puzzle to write. I got the idea for it on Monday, and spent a day and a half trying out board layouts until I found one that worked. At least, I hope it works. I did test both halves of the puzzle, but I worry that I missed an alternate solution to the Slitherlink portion. Ah well.
7/1/11: Blast it! The Scrabble set I was using was missing a letter, and consequently I only used 99 of the 100 tiles. I have edited the puzzle to take this missing tile into account, and uploaded new files.