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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Annual Art Puzzle - 8/20/17

I've had fun this week looking back through the last several year's worth of kablooey puzzle caches. There is a lot to remember, from the puzzles themselves to my own process of solving (or not solving) them.  Sometimes there are also some cleverly incorporated current events which are also fun to look back on.  Try your luck with:

Annual Art Puzzle (KPC2013)

Tomorrow we'll have an eclipse-related puzzle.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Scouting Reports - 8/19/17

I'm pretty sure today's California kablooey puzzle is the first one I was able to get the coveted FTS.  It's hard to believe that was over 6 years ago now.  Good luck with the:

Scouting Reports

Tomorrow, one final kablooey puzzle (for now).

Friday, August 18, 2017

First To Find Race - 8/18/17

Today's featured kablooey puzzle is one of the trickiest stand-alone puzzles he has written, and is one that stumped me mightily when it came out.  It's quite amazing how it all comes together in the:

We'll feature a couple of his simpler puzzles over the weekend, and have an eclipse-related puzzle for Monday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Redshirts - 8/17/17

I've had fun looking back through the kablooey puzzles for ones to share with you this week.  This one is a classic example.  It makes you wonder how he ever came up with the idea to do this, and marvel at the amount of work it probably took to pull it off.  Enjoy:


Tomorrow we'll visit another by kablooey.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bucket List - 8/16/17

Today's California kablooey puzzle is a particularly memorable one for me.  While the appearance of the puzzles in this series is almost always on the first of the month, occasionally the cache page publishes early, with a note that the puzzle itself will appear at a certain time - often midnight on the first.  That translates to 3:00 a.m. in my time zone, so those are tough for me (of course, when they publish at 6:00 a.m. Pacific I get an advantage, so it probably works out in the long run).  If I don't have to work the next day I have been known to stay up until 3:00 a.m., or set an alarm so I can get up and take a look at the puzzle.  I know I looked at this one during the wee hours, but went to sleep without solving it.  Now, if you're like me, you sometimes find yourself dreaming about working on puzzles, and your subconscious occasionally keeps working on something long after the rest of you has tired of it.  More than once I have woken up with a new idea that I want to try, but I don't usually know where it came from.  In this case, I clearly remember figuring out a critical component of this puzzle in a dream:

Bucket List (KPC2012)

Tomorrow we'll visit another from the KPC series.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Double Word Score - 8/15/17

Some of my favorite kablooey puzzles are the ones involving wordplay, such as this one from his 2010 Challenge.  These yearly challenges started in 2008, and are comprised of puzzles that appear on or about the first of every month (which is now known as "kablooey day" at my house).  Those who choose to give their geonames in the certitude checker play for points (and bragging rights) based on how quickly they are able to solve the puzzle. Hints for each puzzle are posted on the 15th of the month in which they appeared, so for the full experience you'll want to make a good effort at cracking it before taking a peek at any hints.  See if you can achieve a:

Double Word Score

Tomorrow, more from kablooey.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Breaking Away - 8/14/17

I realized recently that a well-known San Francisco Bay area puzzler's caches are a bit under-represented here on my blog.  Mostly that's because he's so well-known that I expect a lot of you already have already done most of his puzzles.  But it occurred to me that there may be some folks who are not as familiar with his work, and for those of you who are, it's possible that you might enjoy revisiting some of them.   It's possible you'll even come across one or two you haven't solved.  That was the case for me, when I went and checked out his earliest puzzle cache, published all the way back in 2002:

Breaking Away

We'll spend this whole next week in California visiting kablooey's caches.