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01-22-2014, 08:05 PM
I have a full-blown puzzle addiction, and I bet I'm not alone...do most of you focus on cryptograms, or do you have other puzzle obsessions?

Here are mine:

A crossword every night before bed (from the NY Times Crosswords Calendar, a yearly Christmas gift from my oldest son)

Two KenKen puzzles most evenings, online from NY Times, the "Harder" 6X6 and 8X8

Lumosity - I discovered this a few months ago, and I completely neglected cryptograms for awhile! Now it's a more occasional pastime, and I'm back to cryptos again.

...and on a long airplane flight, a couple of good hard Sudokus in the airline magazine can keep me quiet for hours! (Beneficial for people sitting next to me :o )

I've never started a thread before, and I look forward to seeing any replies that you guys want to post!

01-23-2014, 08:42 AM
The Post Bulletin (Rochester, Minnesota's daily paper) has a fairly easy crossword, a daily Sudoku puzzle (they rate their Sudokus in difficulty from 1 to 6, each Monday is a 1, Tuesday is a 2, and so on, increasing in difficulty each day through Saturday). And they have a daily cryptogram. So it was the Post Bulletin that got me started on cryptos and Sudoku. I do more cryptos than anything else, but I occasionally go to wedsudoku.com. I don't believe that website has any way of tallying points or puzzles solved, etc., but it is a good Sudoku website. I'll also buy a magazine dedicated to logic puzzles (it comes out every three months). I really enjoy those kinds of problems, and I know Puzzle Baron has a logic website which I occasionally (as a guest only, so far) will visit.

01-23-2014, 10:21 AM
Cryotos are my favourite, but when I'm having my daily hot chocolate, I'll do some word searches, because although they require no brain power, they can be done one-handed!

01-23-2014, 12:00 PM
Nice inquiry universalmom -

I'm a crypto addict, and love crosswords, but I also like Cricklers which is not only fun, but is based on very current news stories:


Also, I saw this link today, some of you may find it interesting. It's about a post asking for help solving a "code" on index cards left by a dying grandmother 20 years ago…


01-23-2014, 12:59 PM
Barnabas - I had totally forgotten logic puzzles! I used to do them fanatically, and that was how I first found cryptograms.org. Thanks for reminding me!

01-23-2014, 01:00 PM
Oh chopstix, those cricklers are addictive :)

01-23-2014, 01:01 PM
...and how does a momof7 ever find time for a nice quiet cup of hot chocolate? (I've always wondered if you are the lady formerly known on this site as momof6 :) )

01-23-2014, 03:02 PM
Yes, she renamed herself when #7 came along.

I do the L.A. Times crossword and 9x9 sudoku every day. Online it's mostly here, but I have userids at Puzzle Baron's Crosswords, Drop Quotes, and Acrostics. Non-word gamey, I sometimes drop in on Games.com, and have recently become addicted to Escape games. Play those way too much. On airplanes, I get the Variety puzzles book and do whatever looks like the most fun. I also used to do logic puzzles a lot, but Puzzle Baron's are too hard for me. My logic has limits.

01-23-2014, 05:49 PM
My first love is the quotes I solve here, but my second love is the totally wordless picture puzzles (for kids and grown-up kids) on this link: http://www.magickeys.com/books/jigsaws/index.html

01-23-2014, 06:32 PM
Besides cryptograms (both here and in puzzle books), I do crossword and logic problems every day.

BTW, I saw on the news tonight that viewers had solved the mystery of the grandmother's index cards!

01-23-2014, 08:51 PM
I don't have time for many puzzles these days, but when I was younger I loved just about any puzzle. I used to enjoy mechanical puzzles such as rubiks cube, logic puzzles, anagrams, chess, just about any kind of puzzle except crossword puzzles.

01-23-2014, 11:25 PM
Lurker is correct. Momof6 used to be me. Now I'm a mom of 7, so I renamed myself (3 years ago). My daily cup of hot chocolate is my mini vacation. It keeps me out of the loony bin. I used to wait till it was all quiet at night, but now with my 'baby' in Nursery School I can get that daily dose of sanity in the morning. I just love puzzles and so I find time. I usually do cryptograms one here, one there in between the things I am supposed to be doing. I also love Sudokus and crosswords, but have never tried doing them on line. (I'm also not that good at either of them.)

01-24-2014, 08:06 AM
I do like cryptograms best, but jigsaw puzzles are enjoyable too and thanks, Thresa for the magic keys site, that is very cool! I used to like logic puzzles and need to get my brain going on those again. They are harder to me now than they used to be!!

01-25-2014, 04:39 PM
I am addicted to a logic game from a long time ago, and now have the android one on my kindle. It's called "Sherlock". You can try some freebie puzzles. Once you learn it ...

I'm not very good at these Cryptograms, but I know if I play more often I'll improve. I also enjoyed Crickler, and am glad someone jogged my memory on that.


02-07-2014, 08:04 PM
Universalmom - So glad to here that there's another Cricklers fan among the cryptos! :D

Thresa - I gotta check those out…! :rolleyes:

02-10-2014, 08:00 PM
I've recently become re-obsessed with the logic puzzles on this site - they are kicking my butt and thoroughly humbling me! I do 4x5 grids, "moderate" difficulty, and I'm just starting to reach Average.

02-10-2014, 08:14 PM
universalmom, are the logic puzzles timed? I used to love logic puzzles, but never considered timing my solve times.

02-10-2014, 08:23 PM
Yes, the ones on this site are timed! I found it kind of odd at first, but it's growing on me. There's never anything in the comments section, though, and I don't get the impression that the solvers are as lively a community as we are :)

02-10-2014, 11:12 PM
That's all I need, another place to show me how slow I am. I think I will pass:)

02-11-2014, 07:18 AM
I tried an "easy" one yesterday and felt like an idiot. No mistakes, but it took me quite a while. I used to be much better at them. It has been a long time. Maybe with practice. They have a LOT more registered players over there, and over 2,000 "active" members. But this is still the most social Puzzle Baron site.

02-11-2014, 08:18 AM
That's all I need, another place to show me how slow I am. I think I will pass:)

What's all this about being slow? This month you're a 100% solver and you're doing it in an average of 65 seconds. If cryptos were an Olympic sport, you'd be on the team:)

02-11-2014, 08:38 AM
I tried an "easy" one yesterday and felt like an idiot. No mistakes, but it took me quite a while.

Lurker, I know how you feel - I used to be better at them too! I can only do the Moderate ones if I'm by myself, with no TV on (well, those two always go together - I never turn the TV on if no one else is home). In contrast, though I'm no whiz at cryptos, I can do them along with other distractions.

02-11-2014, 05:22 PM
I do about any other type of puzzle except sudoku. I'm not a numbers person. If it's a word puzzle, I'm probably on it. Don't do a lot of logic puzzles; not enough patience. But yeah, this is the most "social" of the Baron sites. (Even if I don't log in on a regular basis, I still read posts.)

02-11-2014, 06:00 PM
Sudoku is a logic puzzle. Numbers are just the symbols. I see them all the time with letters. But if you don't like logic puzzles, then you wouldn't like it anyway.

02-11-2014, 06:10 PM
Have you ever tried KenKen? It's a non-repeating grid like Sudoku, but you use math to fill in the numbers. The New York Times has them every day.

02-11-2014, 06:57 PM
What's all this about being slow? This month you're a 100% solver and you're doing it in an average of 65 seconds. If cryptos were an Olympic sport, you'd be on the team:)
thanks for the vote of confidence Barnabas, but I doubt cryptos would be a team sport, and this month, I am not even close to making the top 20 fastest. while it's true that I would be faster if I wasn't so determined to solve 100 % , I would not have as much fun. for me, any less than 100 % is just not an option. not trying to take away from those who choose to pass on the harder ones, if you are having fun, that's all that counts.

02-11-2014, 11:29 PM
Mike, that last bit you wrote was so well said. The competition keeps it interesting, but ultimately we are all here to have some fun. Our biggest "competitor" will always be ourselves.

02-12-2014, 06:42 AM
Universalmom, I have tried ken-ken. We have them in the paper daily. I'm not all that good at it. My dad made out a reference cheat-sheet with all possible combinations (we're all a little ocd around here), but I prefer things I can solve without too many notes.

02-12-2014, 08:24 AM
Lurker, I scribble factor trees on anything I can find. When my daughter was little, she said, "Mom, is that Chinese?" :)

02-22-2014, 08:04 AM
I tried the logic puzzles too, and am not having much success! Patchwords is kind of fun and pretty challenging, doesn't seem too popular (people don't seem to play that often) but I like it and am already in the top 20 because of lack of interest in the game! lol

02-23-2014, 09:04 PM
I can only do logic puzzles during the day, when I'm by myself and can give them my absolute attention. They also take awhile...so I don't do that many of them. The acrostics are fun too, and not nearly as hard!

02-27-2014, 01:03 PM
I'm kind of ashamed to admit that I spend a great deal of my free time right here. Other than this, I do occasional crosswords, that's it. On TV, I love Jeopardy, and I usually watch the first few minutes of Wheel, before I turn it off.

02-28-2014, 11:01 AM
I'd watch Wheel of Fortune if one of us Crypter's were on it!

08-08-2014, 05:09 PM
I enjoy 3-dimensional chess with Wookiees and Vulcans.


08-08-2014, 06:04 PM
Is that from the very first episode? I've never seen Spock in that color before!

08-08-2014, 07:19 PM
That scene was from the second pilot episode, though I believe it was actually the third episode aired.

08-11-2014, 10:46 AM
Wow! I never knew until now that "The Man Trap" was actually the first episode that aired. But, I do remember that salt-sucker gave me nightmares when I was in Kindygarden!


08-11-2014, 01:20 PM
Numbrix, Jumble, daily crosswords, Spider Solitary and used to do a lot Free Cell. Oh, and Kyodi Mahjongg.

08-11-2014, 05:36 PM
Geez, Bansai. You make me blush.