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Games World of Puzzles September 2018

Games World of Puzzles is loaded with all kinds of puzzles by top constructors as well as fascinating articles, game reviews, upcoming events, a contest in every issue, and much more. It’s the perfect magazine for all puzzle fans and gamers! The puzzles, while not interactive, are easily printed out. Get yours today!

United States
Kappa Publishing Group, Inc.
9 Issues

in this issue

2 min
…from the editor

Just one year ago, everyone here at GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES was hard at work putting together our special 40th anniversary issue. That meant hours spent poring over the very first issue of Games, from September/October 1977. My younger colleagues were surprised by the liquor ads—“Evenings that memories are made of so often include DRAMBUIE,” read one. And we all chuckled over the fashion on display in the photos accompanying an article called “The Play’s the Thing,” which was excerpted from 1976’s The New Games Book. But I marveled at the quality of the games and puzzles included in the premier issue. They’re clever, engaging, and have stood the test of time. In fact, some of those puzzles, like “Lots of Luck” (a precursor to the World’s Most Ornery Crossword) are still…

2 min
mixed doubles

Each answer word in this crossword variation has two clues leading to it, using different meanings of the word. The clues are separated into Across and Down, but are otherwise ordered randomly. When you find two Across clues or two Down clues that seem to have the same answer, add up their clue numbers to determine the place in the grid where the answer should be entered. For example, if the clue for 1-Across were “Metallic element“ and the clue for 17-Across read “Starring role,“ the answer would be “lead,“ which would go in the box labeled 18 (1 + 17). Note: Tags such as “Hyph.“ and “2 wds.“ have been omitted. ACROSS 1 Trout’s home 2 From Copenhagen, perhaps 3 Have ownership of 4 Party’s liberal branch 5 Sang another artist’s song 6 Can’s shape 7 High-ranking officer 8…

1 min

There is one place for each letter of the alphabet in the 26 empty squares of each blank column in the diagram below. Fill in each letter so that a word of at least five letters is formed reading across only. Not all of the letters to the left and right of the empty box are used; it’s up to you to determine which ones are needed to complete familiar words. Some letters may fit in more than one of the empty squares to complete words, but we only came up with one arrangement that would complete a word in each row. Maybe you’ll find a better solution. Proper names are not allowed. ANSWERS…

1 min

See if you can beat our score by packing this grid with words using only the 10 letters provided at the foot of the page. You may use any letter as often as you like, but don’t use the same word twice in the grid. This includes singular and plural versions of the same word, inflected versions of a word (such as LOVE and LOVED), and variant spellings of the same word. Use any word in a standard dictionary, including slang, but don’t use capitalized or foreign words, contractions, abbreviations, acronyms, prefixes, or suffixes. After completing the grid, calculate your score by adding up each Across row; our high score was 316…but we were a little off that day. ANSWERS…

1 min
a little behind

ACROSS 1 Walkways 6 It makes dough rise 11 Grocery store freebie 14 Think alike 15 Rugged mountain ridge 16 “Born in the ___”(Springsteen hit) 17 High-ranking Coast Guard officer: 2 wds. 19 School near Harvard, for short 20 Repeat performance 21 ___ oblige 23 Porker’s pad 24 CSI network 26 Dispatched 27 Shackles 30 Really stinks 33 Beige shade 36 Declare 38 Track and field competition 39 “Stand by ___ Man” 40 Roof edges 41 Joy of Cooking author Rombauer 42 Jane Austen novel 43 Sketches 44 Glimpse 45 Profundity 47 Catches some Z’s 49 Show team spirit 51 Genetic building block, briefly 52 Printers’ measures 55 Write off a debt gradually 59 Movie rater 61 By way of 62 Showy piece of peacock plumage: 2 wds. 64 April 15 org.: Abbr. 65 Bert’s buddy 66 Clear a winter windshield 67 Ready to go 68 Competed in a marathon 69 Variety show host DOWN 1 Removes rind 2 FBI guy 3 Boys Town star Spencer 4 Good guy 5 Use Google 6 Thanksgiving tuber 7 “___…

1 min
wood working

Here’s a puzzle that should keep you from getting “board.” The answer to each clue below is a word, phrase, or name containing the word WOOD. For example, the clue “Groundhog” would lead to the answer WOODCHUCK, while “Snoring, in slang” would be SAWING WOOD. If you find yourself barking up the wrong tree, you’ll find the answers on page 70. 1. Blondie’s sleepy husband 2. Flute, oboe, or clarinet 3. Tall California tree 4. The Wizard of Oz character 5. U.S. president during World War I 6. 1969 rock festival at Yasgur’s farm 7. He played Dirty Harry 8. Home of the U.S. film industry 9. Home of Robin Hood 10. Actress married to Paul Newman for 50 years 11. Naïve, gullible person 12. Walter Lantz’s cartoon bird 13. Blue-and-white pottery brand 14. American Gothic artist ANSWERS 1. Dagwood 2. Woodwind 3. Redwood 4. Tin Woodsman 5. Woodrow Wilson 6.…