Games World of Puzzles September 2018


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…From the Editor

Just one year ago, everyone here at GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES was hard at work putting together our special 40th anniversary issue. That meant hours spent poring over the very first issue of GAMES, from September/October 1977.

My younger colleagues were surprised by the liquor ads—“Evenings that memories are made of so often include DRAMBUIE,” read one. And we all chuckled over the fashion on display in the photos accompanying an article called “The Play’s the Thing,” which was excerpted from 1976’s The New Games Book.

But I marveled at the quality of the games and puzzles included in the premier issue. They’re clever, engaging, and have stood the test of time. In fact, some of those puzzles, like “Lots of Luck” (a precursor to the World’s Most Ornery Crossword) are still featured in GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES today.

That retrospective glance was enjoyable for everyone involved, which is why I was delighted when Andrew Parr recently proposed a series of articles called “Moving Forward, Looking Back” where he will revisit earlier articles, contests, and puzzles to see how they stand up under the scrutiny of a contemporary game geek. Parr, you may recall, is an occasional contributor whose most recent piece was “Escape the Panic Room” (June 2018). For the inaugural article in this series he returns to GAMES’s very first contest, “Millionaire” (page 40). That contest was a combination letter/arithmetic puzzle, and if you really want to get in the mood, we recommend dusting off your old Texas Instruments SR-10 calculator!

Of course, there’s plenty of other great stuff in this issue. Scrabble correspondent Scott Appel positively beams with pride as he relates how his middle-school Scrabble team fared at the recent National School Scrabble Championship, which was held at Lincoln Financial Field, the home of Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles (page 42).

Auto enthusiasts will want to race ahead to Jonathan Schmalzbach’s column “This Old Game” (page 41). This month, he compares two racing card games, one with a Gallic twist. There’s also a brief history of the beloved board game Clue by Julie Harris (page 34). Finally, for those of you in back-to-school mode, Raymond Simon has come up with a pop quiz to test your knowledge of college movies (page 38).

Oh, and I almost forgot: There are plenty of puzzles, too. So sharpen your pencils and start solving!

Jennifer Orehowsky
Senior Editor

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Clue: A Mystery for the Ages
Learn about the origins of this classic murder mystery game
Majoring in Movies: A College Film Quiz
Boost your GPA by acing this entertaining exam
Moving Forward, Looking Back: 21st-Century Cheat
Revisiting the “Millionaire” contest from the early issues of GAMES
This Old Game: Touring & Mille Bornes
Vintage games from the collector’s closet
Your Word Against Mine: Scrabble Happenings, Puzzles, and Tips
Success at the National School Scrabble Championship


Wild Cards
A potpourri of amusing little puzzles for your solving pleasure
What’s Happening
Previews of upcoming events
Contest: Role Playing Encore
Contest Results: Bright Lights (from January)
Electronic Game Reviews
One Deck Dungeon, Pocket-Run Pool
Board Game Reviews
Professor Evil and the Citadel of Time, Zoo Ball
Change of Art
Find the 10 differences between these illustrated scenes


  • A Little Behind
  • Code Crosswords
  • Debt Reckoning
  • H&R Blocks
  • Neon Lights
  • Pencil Pointers
  • Word Hexes
  • …and More!