What three two-word phrases can be found
in this box? 

What is this object?


26 = L. of the A.
What are L. and A.?


Note: Digital edition puzzles are not interactive.

Previous issue: November 2012

2013 Games of the Year
(from the December 2012 issue)

December 2012 issue
(on sale now)


The Z Dossier
Which of these bizarre stories are “out there,” and which ones did we make up?
Alan Lance Andersen

Rear Windows
A visual test that will challenge even the most eagle-eyed observers. Jeff Moran

Show of Force

How many of these silhouetted weapons from pop culture sources can you identify?

Original Thinking

Which pairs of words are etymologically related, and which ones only seem to be?
Bridget Copley

Solitaires Extraordinaire

A potpourri of games you’ve probably never seen before.

Who Goes First?

A quest to design the ideal set of dice. Eric Harshbarger

Robot Management 101

Divide the programming commands between the robots to make your factory run smoothly.
Mark Engelberg and Brian O’Neil

End Game

How many END words, names, and titles can you find?
Amy Rockwell

2013 Buyer’s Guide to Games

The Traditional Games 100 and Game of the Year
Trajan takes this year’s best game award.
Edited by John J. McCallion

The Electronic Games 100 and Game of the Year
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is this year’s best.
Edited by Thomas L. McDonald

State of Play: A Gaming Blog



Go with the Floe
Playing card symbols have been etched into 22 blocks of ice, including symbols from two new suits (anchors and wheels). Starting at the ace of spades, can you make a series of jumps that brings you to the ace of hearts? Each jump must be made in one of the directions shown by the arrows and must start and end on blocks of ice having the same rank or suit.
Cover Puzzle: Paddy Smith
Cover Design
: Kevin Boone

Twist Ties
All Wrapped Up
Chase Seen
Pencil Pointers
Mix & Match

PuzzleCraft #85: Ditloids

Domino Doubles
Holiday Double Decker

World’s Most Ornery
and other pencil puzzles

Crypto Trivia

Contest Results
Crypto Cross

Wild Cards
A potpourri of little puzzles we couldn’t fit anywhere else.

Selected Features: Links

November 1983
Good Knight, Suite Prints
A Homophone Story by Mary Ellen Slate.

December 2006
Starry Night
Solve an interactive version of our December issue’s cover maze by Robert Abbott (Logic Mazes). Cover design by Jim Malloy.

October 2005
The Looney Labs Experiment
How a kinder, gentler game company got its groove on.
Read article.

September 2005
Canned Wonders
Charitable competitions produce remarkable feats of Canstruction®.

Games Online Contest #38

Orion’s Crystal

The all-but-invisible puzzle
that’s sweeping the country!

Eight puzzle pieces fit together to form a sphere. Not too tough…if you could see the pieces! Now just $14.99 plus shipping. Order.

Games World of Puzzles

Extra 2012 issue
on sale October 30

Vacation Double Cross 1 Corrected Grid

May Double Cross 2 Answer

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