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Fetzer Eagle Peak Merlot for the iPhone?

Do you know of an iPhone crossword puzzle app with puzzles by the late lamented Merl Reagle?
posted by ottereroticist on Sep 30, 2015 - 1 answer

An ARG I am participating in has an unsolved puzzle, apparently musical.

Here is a photograph. We believe it is a musical puzzle because the circled letters (circled in gray naturally, and I've re-circled them in blue where they appear in found words) are all potentially notes, and elsewhere in the ARG the clue "The message hidden within the grid of letters is not comprised of words, but belongs to the spheres" has been given. Does anyone have any insight? Do you recognize the tune? [more inside]
posted by rifflesby on Aug 12, 2015 - 22 answers

Flip the Alphabet

posted by cake vandal on Aug 3, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I solve my 6 block puzzle?

More than 10 years ago, I got a 6-block wood puzzle at a market in Portland,OR. It's NOT the standard Burr puzzle, even though it results in a similar shape, with a meatier core and less sticking out on each side. I used to be quick to solve it but alas, I no longer can figure it out. I think it's beautiful but also don't have use for 6 pieces if I can't solve the puzzle. Anyone know the puzzle? Can you help?
posted by jenbo1 on Jul 19, 2015 - 5 answers

More self-confidence for approaching games and puzzles

I've reached the proverbial straw moment where I'm realizing that, approaching any sort of numbers/critical thinking game or challenge that is meant to be fun, is instead filling me with absolute dread. I find myself becoming incredibly tense and anxious, and very often preemptively angry at myself for OF COURSE being too stupid to pick it up, which means that often I don't even try to pick it up, which then becomes an inescapable feedback loop. I need to change this, please tell me how! [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack on Jul 2, 2015 - 8 answers

Abstract turn-based iOS games for frustrated paws?

Fill the hole in my brain left by Two Dots. [more inside]
posted by Mister Moofoo on Jun 3, 2015 - 13 answers

What manipulative puzzles should i have in my lobby?

I have a clinic. Rather than magazines, I have mechanical/manipulative puzzles in the lobby. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any I was not familiar with. [more inside]
posted by Infernarl on Mar 30, 2015 - 15 answers

I used to explore Egyptian tombs

but I can't remember what PC game circa 1990 I used to do it on. [more inside]
posted by Promethea on Mar 28, 2015 - 7 answers

Help me analyse this game

I've been playing a computer game called Puzzle & Dragons where you "fight" monsters by moving jewels around on a grid to create rows of three or more. I want to know if there's any way to work out a good series of moves other than by brute force. Details below: [more inside]
posted by Joe in Australia on Feb 1, 2015 - 1 answer

I (Heart) Rebuses

I love rebuses! Is there a webpage or book that has tons of them? I've googled, but have come up short.
posted by matkline on Dec 8, 2014 - 7 answers

Looking for an old flash/shockwave puzzle game: directing traffic

I remember playing a game ages (ten years?) ago on (now defunct) bonus.com, which involved manipulating different-coloured cars using switches and other things. I played it on a desktop computer, and it used flash or shockwave. One needed to get a certain amount of cars into specific places to pass the level. The game was played from a top-down perspective. There were many levels. I think, though I may be mistaken, that the game had a person's name in the title. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
posted by Quilford on Nov 2, 2014 - 10 answers

Non-word search puzzles for ESL grandmother.

I want to buy a few non-word-search puzzle games or books for a friend's grandmother, who is ESL and has age-related difficulties (needs large print, easy-level puzzles). I want to buy something and have it shipped, I don't want to print out puzzles, and nothing electronic format. [more inside]
posted by anaelith on Oct 8, 2014 - 3 answers

Making a jigsaw puzzle out of a crappy picture

So I really want to have a jigsaw puzzle made from a picture I have stored on my computer. Unfortunately my pictures are all low resolution. But how low is too low? [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Sep 5, 2014 - 5 answers

What is this clay, bowl-like object?

While visiting a friend the other day, he showed me a very strange clay bowl. The bowl came with the house, which he rents. The owner does not know/recall the purpose of the bowl, nor have any guests been able to produce a convincing answer. More details and a drawing follow. [more inside]
posted by cobro on Jun 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Minimal strategy and puzzle games for iOS

I'm looking for well-designed puzzle and strategy games for my iPhone 5S. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on May 27, 2014 - 28 answers

Help me ID/find this game: a portal-like with bouncing ball

Help me ID/find this game: it may have been playable in-browser. If downloadable, it was free and probably worked on winxp. It might have only been at a demo/tech demo state, but it was a 3d first person puzzler where you aim and it would show you the trajectory of where a ball would bounce and you could then teleport to the end point of the trajectory? The idea was that you'd have to figure out which surface/angle to bounce off in order to get to a goal destination. May even have been posted to mefi. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Mar 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Linguistics Puzzle (geocache puzzle)

I am working on a puzzle that has to with linguistics. It has words in different languages and I have translated most of it. Some of the words didn't translate great with Google translate. I have gotten this out of the cache owner: "Yes, meaning can also have value. Perhaps not in English though. Or the words themselves." The value will be coordinates to ind the geocache. [more inside]
posted by lobsters9494 on Jan 30, 2014 - 35 answers

Can you help me puzzle out what my sister is going to name her baby?

My sister is pregnant, and they're keeping the baby's name a secret. But I get one guess, and she'll tell me if I'm right. They came across the name in a magazine article, and they heard it in a sci fi movie, as well. Here's everything I know about the article and the movie... can you help me sleuth out the name? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jan 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Stumped on this Sudoku

I've been stuck on this Sudoku for weeks. What's the next step? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 17, 2013 - 14 answers

I'm puzzled. Help puzzle me more!

I'm looking for some good puzzle games, preferably for iOS and based on words rather than numbers or physical pieces. [more inside]
posted by lettersoflead on Nov 10, 2013 - 8 answers

I dou't kuow what this is abont

There are 2 people on my Facebook feed who will consistently mix up the letter "n" with the letter "u" such that "cousin" looks like "consin" and "don't" looks like "dout". I was wondering if anyone else has noticed people doing this, is this was a common thing in Northern Ireland (where both are from, but they were not raised together) or some weird idiosyncrasy? My pattern-seeking brain is seeking relief. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Oct 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Help Decode my Bike Lock

I have a bike lock that uses letters instead of numbers for the combination. I locked up my bike a month ago and, of course, have forgotten the code word. I'd love metafilter's help to create a list of dictionary words that are possible from the letters on the lock so I can try them all until it opens. There are four wheels, each with 10 letters. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Won't you help me solve a thirty-year-old puzzle?

Hello darlings. I'd like your help, specifically in the form of looking at a painting and telling me if you recognize any parts of it from the city you live in, especially if that city is Boston. There's a fair amount of background in terms of what to look for, so please do bear with me. It's all relevant, I promise. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on May 14, 2013 - 186 answers

seeking non-violent PS3 games with female protagonists

I'm looking for games available for the PlayStation 3 with (fully clothed, not overtly sexualized) female protagonists, or protagonists of unspecified gender. Ideally, the games would also be non-violent or minimally violent, and they would rely largely on puzzle-solving rather than time-sensitive and reflex-dependent jump-and-shoot strategies. [more inside]
posted by Elsa on Apr 25, 2013 - 20 answers

Creative puzzle gift box contents?

I have a puzzle box...a little box with a puzzle you must solve in order to open it. The opening inside is a cylinder about 2.5" in diameter by 3" in length, so, big enough for a standard plastic gift card if you bend it a little. I want to give a gift that is more interesting than a gift card, so I need your ideas! [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 29, 2013 - 4 answers

ID these Rubix's cubes (and other puzzles)?

Is there any place on the internet where I can buy Rubix's cube variants and similar, non-cube puzzles? In particular, I'm looking for the silver architectural-looking cube at bottom center, the grabby-hands cube in the top-right corner, and the flat twisty picture-puzzle (two different pictures are possible and the plastic pieces are wired together in a certain way) on the right side of this photo.
posted by serelliya on Mar 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Riddle me this.

Are there the makings of a riddle in Isaiah 22:22? And can you help me come up with a tangible answer to it, just for kicks? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Another iPhone Game Recommendation Request

I'm looking for some light, fairly simple iPhone puzzle-type games, for a 4th-generation iPod Touch running iOS 5.1. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Mar 3, 2013 - 12 answers

What's the name of this online puzzle series?

Help me find a devilishly difficult online puzzle that I had worked on ~4 years ago. Difficultly: I remember a few of the levels and not much about the name. It's not the "Impossible Quiz" flash game. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Help finding a unique kind of puzzle

Growing up my parents had a puzzle of an apartment building where every piece was basically the same shape. Four puzzle pieces made up the window to a room, in total there were probably 8 floors of 10 windows each. The challenge was putting the windows in the right order. So for example in one window someone would be throwing out a bucket of water, downstairs the person would remark that it's raining. In another a receptionist would say something like "you want #304, one floor up". [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Dec 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Spread some seasonal mirth

My sister and I have an annual Christmas tradition of making an elaborate treasure hunt, puzzle or game for our family. Need some help brainstorming this year's edition. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Hidden Object, where are you?

Best Hidden Object/Point and Click games out there? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Nov 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Find a puzzle book?

I recall really enjoying the book Maze by Christopher Manson when I was young. Are there any books that offer something similar in that they are slightly narrative but built with a critical thinking and/or puzzle goal in mind?
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Puzzling rebus: giving lovers?

RebusFilter: on the left, the word "giving" printed four times in a column. On the right, the word "lover" printed four times in a column. What is the solution? [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Oct 15, 2012 - 46 answers

Help me understand a little logic problem.

Help me understand this. Math/logic puzzle follows... [more inside]
posted by TheHollowSeasThatRoar on Sep 5, 2012 - 6 answers

NYT puzzle. Help.

PuzzleFilter - Must. complete. this week's NYT variety puzzle [PDF]. Help. (Selected answers after the jump) [more inside]
posted by obscurator on Aug 7, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift.

I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift. [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Jul 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Mystery Puzzles for Grownups

I'm looking for mystery puzzles for adults. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jul 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Best workflow for building crossword grids?

I'm about 95% done with my first NYT-style themed crossword puzzle, currently laid out by hand on graph paper, and I want to start looking at making a digital version of it. What are some good tools or workflow for creating well laid out crossword grids on the computer? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jul 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Identify a computer game in a white environment revealed by shooting a paintball gun

What first-person perspective puzzle game was set in a completely white environment that you revealed by shooting blobs of paint? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on May 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for exploration/immersive puzzle games

I've been a long-time fan of the Myst series, but up until recently with Fez I didn't realize how much I missed atmospheric games based heavily on exploration and worldbuilding-type puzzles. Can anyone recommend more? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Can you help me find this puzzle/interactive fiction website?

I'm looking for a website I found years ago that combined prose and pictures to create a series of puzzles, but I do not remember what it was called. The notable thing about it was that it had 12 puzzles, and they are dispensed to you weekly, with a story and master puzzle arcing across all twelve, leaving you with a 3 month interactive experience. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by shovel_mage on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Searching for the critical thinking textbook I had in grade school

Please help me find the critical thinking textbook my grade-school class used in the early eighties. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

What are you, little green thing?

Plant identification filter! What is this plant that's growing in my garden? Do I want it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 3, 2012 - 10 answers

The mysterious uncredited song

What is the song playing in the gameplay trailer for Cradle?
posted by FatherDagon on Feb 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me reverse-engineer some bitstrings

Hackers of MeFi, assemble! I have an undocumented serial protocol I want to reverse engineer - help me turn some mysterious bit strings into meaningful data. [more inside]
posted by larkery on Jan 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Online games for two players

What's online or email-based games can I play with a 10 year old who I don't see in person? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 18, 2012 - 18 answers

impossible math problem

Help me figure out what is going on in this image. [more inside]
posted by DU on Jan 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Game and Watch

I'm looking for console games that are as much fun to watch as they are to play. [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw on Jan 16, 2012 - 27 answers

Is there anything else like Picross?

Can you recommend some new Nintendo DS puzzle games? [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Dec 24, 2011 - 4 answers

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