Puzzle #104: Roadside Advertisement Scorching 100
I made this puzzle for this month’s Puzzled Pint. The theme was Mix Tape. A minor hint: Because Puzzled Pint hapens in London as well as in four cities in America, I had to make a slightly different version for the solvers there.
Kickstarter now has a Puzzles category. There are three active projects listed there, along with 29 others from the past five years that qualify. I love seeing puzzles take over more territory in the cultural zeitgeist. Also the page features one of the greatest filter bars (see above) ever seen on the Internet.
Puzzled Pint at [REDACTED] tonight
I’m organizing the April Puzzled Pint in Chicago. It’s 6pm tonight at a bar on the north side of the city. The precise location is hidden behind this puzzle.
Puzzled Pint is like pub trivia, but with puzzles instead of trivia. We’ll provide you with 4 or 5 puzzles, you provide yourself with beer, and then you spend the night solving them. They’re usually 20-30 minutes of work apiece. No pressure, you solve at your own pace, and we give you hints as you need them. This month we’ve got 5 puzzles, including one of mine.
Costs nothing except what you buy in beer and food. RSVP on Facebook.
Just backed this gorgeous Kickstarter by Portland’s Rachel Happen. She’s out to make hand-made, wood-cut puzzles that tell a story. In her words: “I want to make experiences worth having. I’m not making monster puzzles that will wring you dry. And I’m not just making pretty objects. I start with something that captures my attention: a fact, a story, an image. Something beautiful from history or the world around us. Then I build a maze around it. The puzzle is a means to an end, and that end is discovery.” She calls it Baffledazzle.
DASH 6 is scheduled for April 26th.
DASH (Different Area, Same Hunt) is a fun, interactive event where teams of players race to find and solve creative puzzles hidden in different locations in cities all over the world. From fictitious graveyards to s’mores designed in Morse code to music clips containing a hidden message, anything is possible to encounter when playing in the DASH puzzle hunt.
Fourteen cities are participating. If you live in one of these, get a team together and sign up. It’s always a blast.
- Albuquerque, NM
- Austin, TX
- Boston, MA
- Chicago, IL
- Cupertino, CA
- Davis, CA
- London, England
- New York, NY
- Pasadena, CA
- Phoenix, AZ
- Portland, OR
- San Francisco, CA
- Seattle, WA
- Washington, D.C.
Google has your Bacon number
Today I learned that Google engineers have solved enough of the world’s search problems to spend time calculating all the world’s actors’ Bacon numbers. That is, how many degrees away they are from Kevin Bacon. You can access this stat for any person by searching for “bacon number [NAME]”. So for instance, Orson Welles (not surprisingly) has a Bacon number of 2. Queen Victoria, being not actually an actor, and old, is a 3.
Here’s the puzzle. How high of a number can you find? With some careful Wikipedia/IMDB searching, I was able to find a 5. The key is to go for obscure, not famous. I’d be really surprised if a 6 even exists.
Q:I saw your post about the Holiday Bullshit puzzle. Are you implying that you've figured out "the first step?" If so, are you willing to share/give hints? There's a whole lot of nothing going on over on Reddit.
Truthfully, I’ve figured a step… but I’m not really sure if it’s the first or second or whatever. No do I have no idea how many steps there are. I will say I’ve spent more time on this than I would care to admit, given my lack of success breaking through.