Games World of Puzzles February 2019


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…From the Editor

I don’t know about you, but I sure am glad that February is a short month. With the holidays behind us and the frigid winter cold firmly settled in, I just want to hunker down and stay warm. Cozy sweaters, warm mittens, and a hot cup of cocoa help—but so does a brand new issue of GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES.

This February, we have plenty of articles and puzzles to amuse, challenge, and perplex you. In addition to his regular “Game On!” column, Raymond Simon contributes a lighthearted feature for those who like their kisses mixed with comedy: “Love, Hollywood: A Rom-Com Trivia Quiz” (page 36). Be forewarned, film fans, this one includes way more than just When Harry Met Sally

Simon’s not the only one doing double duty in this issue. Scott Appel, our regular Scrabble correspondent, has two interesting pieces for you, too. First, there’s fishing. No, no, not ice-fishing. Appel is talking about an excellent strategy experienced Scrabble players employ to help win games. If you’re curious to learn more, just turn to “Your Word Against Mine” (page 42). Appel also reviews Oliver Roeder’s recent book of puzzles, The Riddler: Fantastic Puzzles from FiveThirtyEight (page 34). FiveThirtyEight is a website devoted to applying statistical thinking to both everyday problems and national issues, and that extends to the puzzles it publishes. Don’t worry, though. As Appel assures us, you don’t need advanced mathematics to solve these puzzles, just tenacity and a willingness to think outside the box.

Of course, we have some challenging puzzles of our own for you. “Some Assembly Required” (page 64), a thorny crossword variation from expert cruciverbalist Patrick Berry, combines tough clues with jigsaw puzzle pieces. See if you can fit it all together! Andrew Parr also gets into the game of crossword variations with a little twist of his own: “It’s All Relative” (page 44). We liked it so much, we made it this month’s contest.

For those of you who enjoy logic puzzles, there’s the redoubtable Margery Albis, who returns with “Birds of a Feather” (page 29). No binoculars or field guide to birds are necessary, just a sharp pencil.

I’m also pleased to report that we have a new “Dungeon Sudoku” (page 40). Raymond Young debuted this mashup of sudoku and mazes in our May 2018 issue; it returns from the grave with two new monsters for you to battle this February.

Of course, there’s plenty more tucked away inside this issue—certainly enough to keep you busy all 28 days of February.

Happy puzzling!

Jennifer Orehowsky
Senior Editor



Book Review: The Riddler: Fantastic Puzzles from FiveThirtyEight
Scrabble expert Scott Appel reviews this recent release
Change of Art
Find the 10 differences between these illustrated scenes
Love, Hollywood: A Rom-Com Trivia Quiz
How well do you know the romantic comedy genre?
Moving Forward, Looking Back: The Height of Fate
An interview with Joe Cave, a teacher not chosen for the fateful Challenger mission
Dungeon Sudoku
Can you solve your way out of the dungeon?
This Old Game: The Diners’ Club Credit Card Game
Vintage games from the collector’s closet
Your Word Against Mine: Scrabble Happenings, Puzzles, and Tips
Learn how to “fish” and improve your Scrabble game!
Game On!
Offbeat news, trivia, and more


Wild Cards
A potpourri of amusing little puzzles for your solving pleasure
What’s Happening
Previews of upcoming events
Contest: It’s All Relative
Contest Results: Movie Geography (from June)
Electronic Game Reviews
Indian Summer, Square Routes
Board Game Reviews
The Castles of Burgundy: The Dice Game, Shadows in the Forest


  • Around the Bend
  • Family Reunions
  • Motor City Masquerade
  • Multi Kakuro
  • Pencil Pointers
  • So Happy Together
  • Some Assembly Required
  • …and More!