Games World of Puzzles May 2017


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…From the Editor

We’re excited to bring you this new issue of Games World of Puzzles. While our editorial features sometimes share a common theme—like last month’s focus on Will Shortz and the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament—this issue is more eclectic.

We begin with Jennifer Billock’s feature article “Blood on the Snow” (page 34), an in-depth look at the board game of the same name, in which players reenact the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union. If you’re unfamiliar with this conflict, it took place during the winter of 1939–1940, shortly after the outbreak of World War II. Even if you’re not a dedicated war gamer, this article is worth a read simply for the history lesson it offers.

Next, we switch gears, so to speak, to the subject of video games. As enthusiasts no doubt already know, Nintendo will release its new console, the Switch, on March 6. Want to find out more? Check out “Nintendo Switches Strategies” (page 38), by our longtime game reviewer Thomas L. McDonald.

If puzzles are more your speed, our Pencilwise section has plenty to offer. Highlights include Steven Meyer’s BoxOff (page 64), a pencil-and-paper adaptation of a solitaire game in which the goal is to clear the board by removing two pieces at a time. Since BoxOff debuted in the August 2013 issue of Games; apps for both Android and iOS have been developed. Now BoxOff returns to Games World of Puzzles after almost four years, with a brand-new set of puzzles. We encourage you to try them out.

Also making their debut in Pencilwise are Joel Nanni’s 52-Skiddoo (page 4) and LogiSquares (page 54) from Vectrix creator Ryan Langewisch. If you’re seeking new challenges, these two puzzles fit the bill.

Speaking of things that are new, have you visited our website lately? If you go to, you’ll see that it’s been redesigned. You can read game reviews and print selected puzzles from recent issues, access solving guides, and purchase back issues from the last year. Give it a look—you’ll be glad you did.

And one final announcement: Games World of Puzzles is now on social media! You can find us on Facebook at “gamesworldofpuzzles” and on Twitter @theGamesMag. Follow us for all the latest news from the world of games and puzzles.

That’s enough from us…time to start solving!

Jennifer Orehowsky
Senior Editor




Blood on the Snow
Reenacting the Winter War between Finland and the Soviet Union
Nintendo Switches Strategies
A preview of the Switch, Nintendo’s new game console
This Old Game: Personal Preference
Vintage board games from the collector’s closet
Your Word Against Mine: Scrabble Happenings, Puzzles, and Tips
Tools to improve your game


Wild Cards
A potpourri of amusing little puzzles for your solving pleasure
What’s Happening
Previews of upcoming events
Sole Survivor
A challenging chess puzzle
Contest: A Study in Red and Blue
Contest Results:
Rhyme Time (from October)
Electronic Game Reviews
Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Traditional Game Reviews
Tides of Madness, Avignon: A Clash of Popes
Game On!
Offbeat news, trivia, and more from today’s world of games and puzzles


  • 52-Skiddoo
  • Crypto-Funnies
  • High Frequency
  • Number Stacks
  • Pencil Pointers
  • Quote Boxes
  • Wraparounds
  • …and More!