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6/22/2017 11:44:50 PM
Topic:
Sudoku Spectacular Volume 5

Josh
Josh
Posts: 157
Some thoughts about the latest Sudoku Spectacular:
  • For those who didn't notice, the number of handcrafted puzzles were cut. I thought some of them looked familiar, and sure enough, there are reprints from the inaugural Will Shortz's Sudoku. That means they're only roughly two years old, which is a bit unfortunate, as they're rare enough and unique enough to remember them. I'm sure that problem fades in a year or two when the distance grows. But the use of those puzzles explains the loss of Outside Sudoku and the reduction to 9 from 11 of the rest of the variations, given the make-up of the smaller-sized Shortz publication.
  • Note for the editors: Your directions for Consecutive Pairs Sudoku appear to have been copied from Vol. 4, but the grids use bars, not circles, and there is a critical rule missing that existed earlier that said that non-bar connected squares have to be off by more than 1 (which actually ran under the name Consecutive Sudoku; perhaps that was intentional to distinguish between the two). I struggled with puzzle #3 for awhile until I remembered that was at one point a rule. That led me to check the old issues, and is how I then confirmed the reprinting of puzzles. I'm making a note in case you use other older puzzles which followed the previous rules/design.
  • It seems like you've stuck with the rougher paper from Volume 4. I noticed it but didn't post last time out, but the paper in volumes 1-3 are much nicer to the touch; this paper feels course by comparison. That seems to have been an across the board decision, but given the premium for the cost of the magazine I'd have hoped for a bit nicer.

I'm really bummed. I traditionally bought two copies of Shortz's magazine so I could solve one now and one at some point later, and did the same here; this will pretty much render moot my need to buy the Spectaculars for awhile if they're just going to be reprints from here on out, since I still have a stack of both magazines to work through (some once, some for the second time). If you bumped up either the harder puzzle count or added more Ken-Ken, Sumdoku and Challengers over the originals and extremes (you have plenty of those elsewhere), you'd up my enthusiasm to keep buying. Or maybe the World Sudoku Championship Puzzles, as you did the tournament crosswords in the latest Crosswords Extravaganza?

I'm rooting for you guys; I make my Barnes & Noble membership worthwhile on the basis of the copies I buy there alone. Hopefully the environment out there improves, especially given the relatively unique position you hold.

6/22/2017 1:36:29 PM
Topic:
Word Arithmetic error

wa4lrm
wa4lrm
Posts: 50
The Dell Math & Logic Problems, July 2017 has error on number 21 on page 46. The answer is HER/OWN/DIGS and the problem would be N = 5 and H = 0. Since you have W = 5 on your solution, then G would be 5. So your solution is G=8 and I =7 which 5X7 would make G as 5.

6/21/2017 2:59:17 PM
Topic:
Free Puzzles of the Day XI

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 1576
Thu 6/15: Dell, Crosscode; PP, Word Games
Fri 6/16: Dell, Logic; PP, Word Seek Missing List
Sat 6/17: Dell, State Dinner; PP, Fill-In
Sun 6/18: Dell, Solicross; PP, Word Seek / Patchwords
Mon 6/19: Dell, Jigsaw Sudoku; PP, Cryptograms
Tue 6/20: Dell, Anacrostic; PP, Crostic (both same type of puzzle)
Wed 6/21: Dell, Cross Sums; PP, Anagram Magic Square

6/21/2017 9:34:42 AM
Topic:
Customer Service

Bernadette1959
Bernadette1959
Posts: 199
I'm glad you received the replacement order without any problems, Frances! Thus far, I've been fortunate in that every time I order from PD I receive it in two weeks or less! smile

6/20/2017 4:24:04 PM
Topic:
Customer Service

Frances
Frances
Posts: 651
When my order of Cross Sums magazines hadn't arrived after 8 weeks, I emailed PennyDell's Customer Service late in the afternoon. Early the next morning an answer came in. Since the magazines should have already arrived before 8 weeks, a replacement order would be sent. Seven days later it came! I checked the tracking numbers for UPS (!) and USPS----it definitely was the replacement and not the original order.

So, kudos to Customer Service!

6/19/2017 11:35:16 PM
Topic:
Common logic problem assumption?

Semipro
Semipro
Posts: 257
I agree with you, the clue doesn't mean that another song is M.

6/19/2017 9:00:53 PM
Topic:
Common logic problem assumption?

RaineAndrews
RaineAndrews
Posts: 1
Hi! I got the "From the Professor's Files" puzzle pack. The first problem is linking musical duets with a letter A through M. There are only 7 duets, so part of the problem is figuring out which letters are actually being used.

Generally speaking, if a logic problem reads "The letter for song 6 isn't M", would that mean one of the 7 songs are M. Logically I would say no, but if it's a commonly held practice I would be wrong!

6/15/2017 6:11:53 PM
Topic:
Small Change

Bernadette1959
Bernadette1959
Posts: 199
You're welcome, Frances! I'm glad you enjoyed it! smile

6/15/2017 2:43:11 PM
Topic:
Small Change

Frances
Frances
Posts: 651
Bernadette1959 wrote:
I'm hoping PennyDell won't mind, but I wanted to share a nifty little puzzle I came across in the August 2017 issue of Good Time Variety Puzzles. I've not seen this little puzzle before, but then I normally don't buy this title. I happened to have a gift card I wanted to use up the other day and decided to purchase it.

It's an easy puzzle, similar to some others PD publishes. I probably don't even need to come back and post the solution, but I will do so next week just in case it's needed! smile

Small Change

The answers to the clues are 5-letter words. Each answer contains four of the five letters of the preceding word, and the letters are not rearranged. For example, the answers to consecutive clues could be STONE, STOVE, SHOVE and SHAVE. The first and last entries are related words.

1. Different
2. River mammal
3. Western film
4. By and by
5. Tier
6. Speaker
7. More bashful
8. Transparent
9. Gladden
10. Face part


While we like to see our favorites in the variety magazines, it's nice to find a few surprises like this among the regulars. I usually can't solve anything in my head, but I did get all the way through this puzzle without having to get a pencil. smile I enjoyed solving it----thanks for sharing!

6/15/2017 11:06:23 AM
Topic:
Small Change

Bernadette1959
Bernadette1959
Posts: 199
I'm hoping PennyDell won't mind, but I wanted to share a nifty little puzzle I came across in the August 2017 issue of Good Time Variety Puzzles. I've not seen this little puzzle before, but then I normally don't buy this title. I happened to have a gift card I wanted to use up the other day and decided to purchase it.

It's an easy puzzle, similar to some others PD publishes. I probably don't even need to come back and post the solution, but I will do so next week just in case it's needed! smile

Small Change

The answers to the clues are 5-letter words. Each answer contains four of the five letters of the preceding word, and the letters are not rearranged. For example, the answers to consecutive clues could be STONE, STOVE, SHOVE and SHAVE. The first and last entries are related words.

1. Different
2. River mammal
3. Western film
4. By and by
5. Tier
6. Speaker
7. More bashful
8. Transparent
9. Gladden
10. Face part

6/14/2017 5:01:45 PM
Topic:
Free Puzzles of the Day XI

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 1576
Thu 6/8: Dell, Cryptoquiz; PP, Word Seek Missing Vowels
Fri 6/9: Dell, Spellathon; PP, Double Trouble
Sat 6/10: Dell, Bingo Plays; PP, Syllacrostic
Sun 6/11: Dell, Petal Puzzle; PP, The Shadow
Mon 6/12: Dell, Cryptogram; PP, Logic
Tue 6/13: Dell, Samurai Sudoku; PP, Letterboxes
Wed 6/14: Dell, In the Balance; PP, Match-Up

6/13/2017 1:23:28 PM
Topic:
Math & Logic 3/17, Cryptic Math question

jessyjess
jessyjess
Posts: 1
This can actually be solved mathematically as a matrix. As a hint, take a look at this concept - Representing a linear system as a matrix, and you will see what I mean.
https://www.studypug.com/algebra-help/matrices/representing-a-linear-system-as-a-matrix
You are actually solving for an unknown in matrix form (i.e. a 3x3 table, or matrix)
Hopefully that will give you sufficient information to solve this puzzle!

6/7/2017 5:14:45 PM
Topic:
Free Puzzles of the Day XI

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 1576
Mon 6/5: Dell, Cross Sums; PP, Codeword
Tue 6/6: Dell, Changelings; PP, Places Please
Wed 6/7: Dell, Quotegram; PP, Quotefalls
Will be away until 6/13, so next update on the
daily free puzzles will be at least a week from now.

6/4/2017 2:11:45 PM
Topic:
Free Puzzles of the Day XI

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 1576
Tues 5/30: Dell, Pun Fun; PP, Framework
Wed 5/31: Dell, Tanglewords; PP, Word Seek Zigzag
Thu 6/1: Dell, Bowl-A-Score Challenger; PP, Crypto-Families
Fri 6/2: Dell, Suiting Words; PP, Diagramless Crossword
Sat 6/3: Dell, Word Mine; PP, Wizard Words / Cookbook
Sun 6/4: Dell, Quotation Puzzle; PP, Flower Power

6/2/2017 12:22:41 AM
Topic:
Picture This Puzzles

eyeda
eyeda
Posts: 2
Have you noticed the current popularity of coloring? If you put out a book of picture this puzzles that would be easy to color after the puzzle is done, of course it would be easy to sell.

5/31/2017 1:41:45 PM
Topic:
Can someone check a new issue of Penny Press?

Frances
Frances
Posts: 651
Semipro wrote:

Bernadette, that's an error made by a machine at a bindery. This kind of thing occasionally happens with quite reputable national magazines that have larger circulations than the one where you found it. Or the ink will be way too light or too dark on part of a page, or smeared, or the colors in a photo won't line up. It's unfortunate that you got a flawed copy, but when they print thousands, and not by hand, inevitably a few will turn out that way.


Sometimes when changes are made----different ink, printer, binder, magazine size----you might get less the occasional error, than that of a production problem.

If you change to an easily erasable ink, for example, then that would affect all the copies to a certain extent. And recently I was looking at a Penny magazine, which when opened, showed a somewhat buckling inside along the joining, and wrinkling of a page or two. All six other copies were just like it.

5/30/2017 9:22:17 PM
Topic:
Can someone check a new issue of Penny Press?

Bernadette1959
Bernadette1959
Posts: 199
John,

I have sent you a private message.

Bernadette

5/30/2017 7:37:25 PM
Topic:
Can someone check a new issue of Penny Press?

Semipro
Semipro
Posts: 257
Bernadette1959 wrote:
On page 67 . . . the page is folded down and stuck inside the binding. It tore when I straightened it out, and of course, this page is larger than all the others so when the magazine is closed it sticks out.

Talk about sloppy publishing! :/

Bernadette

Bernadette, that's an error made by a machine at a bindery. This kind of thing occasionally happens with quite reputable national magazines that have larger circulations than the one where you found it. Or the ink will be way too light or too dark on part of a page, or smeared, or the colors in a photo won't line up. It's unfortunate that you got a flawed copy, but when they print thousands, and not by hand, inevitably a few will turn out that way.

5/29/2017 5:13:41 PM
Topic:
Logic Problems June 2017, #20 "Hair-Raising Tales"

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 1576
I don't have the logic magazine in question. Would you mind typing the intro and clues? Maybe I or someone else on the forum can figure it out.

5/29/2017 9:29:05 AM
Topic:
Free Puzzles of the Day XI

Amy Lowenstein
Amy Lowenstein
Posts: 1576
Sunday 5/21/17: Dell, Figgerit; PP, Match-Up
Mon 5/22: Dell, Fill-In; PP, Word Games
Tue 5/23: Dell, Anglesearch; PP, Word Seek Missing List
Wed 5/24: Dell, Push-Ups; PP, Fill-Ins
Thu 5/25: Dell, Picture Maze; PP, Word Seek / Patchwords
Fri 5/26: Dell, Trigons; PP, Cryptograms
Sat 5/27: Dell, Quotation Puzzle; PP, Crostic
Sun 5/28: Dell, Kriss Kross; PP, Anagram Magic Square
Mon 5/29 (Happy Memorial Day): Dell, Laddergrams; PP, Brick by Brick

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