Games World of Puzzles February 2018


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…From the Editor

We’re coming up on that time of year when it gets cold almost everywhere and indoor activities are the order of the day. Fortunately, GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES is here to help you through the winter doldrums. This issue will warm you up with puzzles of all types, plus informative and entertaining articles.

We kick off our editorial section with “No Trivial Pursuit: The Story of an Iconic Game,” by Julie Harris. Trivial Pursuit made a huge splash back in the 1980s; its appeal endures today. The original Genus Edition has spawned special editions for a multitude of interests. Because the game achieved such vast success, you may not be aware of its humble beginnings. Turn to page 34 to learn more about the two Canadian men who launched this board game phenomenon.

We continue the theme of accomplishments in the game world with Raymond Simon’s “Success Is in the Cards: Shari Spiro on Games” on page 42. Spiro started out in 1998 by founding a small business called Ad Magic, which created customized playing cards and poker chips. Spiro’s big break came in 2011, when she agreed to produce cards for a game called Cards Against Humanity. It became a huge seller and launched Ad Magic into the spotlight. Read the story to find out how Spiro used her business acumen to build a mini empire in the world of indie games.

Of course, all that reading will get you revved up to try a novel type of puzzle, turn to Jeff Moran’s “A Stone’s Throw Find-It” on page 38. Test your observational skills by finding 10 small details in the large photo of a pebble beach. When you’re done, the solution will reveal the punch line to a corny joke.

Last, but certainly not least, there are plenty of puzzles to keep you entertained and challenged. From crosswords and variants to logic and trivia, our Pencilwise section has it all. Recommendations for this issue include Gnarly Hexes (page 54) and BoxOff (page 66) for logic/math fans, and Gearwheel (page 29) and Gangs of Four (page 31) for those who prefer word puzzles.

Happy puzzling!

Jennifer Orehowsky
Senior Editor



No Trivial Pursuit: The Story of an Iconic Game
How Trivial Pursuit became a game phenomenon
A Stone’s Throw Find-It
Test your visual prowess in this stony scene
Sole Survivor
A challenging chess puzzle
This Old Game: Chutzpah
Vintage games from the collector’s closet
Success Is in the Cards: Shari Spiro on Games
Indie games are serious business for Spiro


Wild Cards
A potpourri of amusing little puzzles for your solving pleasure
What’s Happening
Previews of upcoming events
Contest: Bright Lights
Contest Results: A Study in Red and Blue (from May)
Electronic Game Reviews
Miracle Merchant, Predynastic Egypt
Board Game Reviews
Eight-Minute Empire, Roller Coaster Challenge
Game On!
Offbeat news, trivia, and more


  • Code Crosswords
  • Gangs of Four
  • Gnarly Hexes
  • Rows Garden
  • Solitaire Hangman
  • The In Crowd
  • Veering Valentines
  • …and More!