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 01/31/2000 |   Greet the grid and play                                |
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            |   Gone on a  puzzle run.  Let us play some simple rule-  |
            |   based grid games!                                      |
   geek out |                                                          |
            |   Meffert's    Puzzles   has  a  great    history  and   |
            |   categorization of puzzles  that  I haven't  followed   |
            |   particularly.                                          |
disclaimers |                                                          |
    are for |   Fair warning: If you  like puzzles or  games, I make   |
      wimps |   no  guarantees  for  your  precious time  with these   |
            |   links.  It's a safe bet  you'll  find one that  fits   |
            |   your  sensibilities  and  spend far  too  much  time   |
            |   playing with it.  If you hate puzzles, do  you Yahoo   |
            |   instead?                                               |
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            |   Online puzzle repositories used                        |
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            |   The aforementioned Meffert's Puzzles                   |
            |   The Grey Labyrinth                                     |
            |   Mindbreakers                                           |
            |   rec.puzzles archive                                    |
            |   Dmoz - Yahoo - About                                   |
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            |   Miscellaneous favorites                                |
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       take |                                                          |
    dignity |   Zen: True enlightenment is  only  a click away.  The   |
            |   nature of the squares  is disguised here,  but great   |
            |   illogical  fun before blasting  into  all  the brain   |
            |   teasers below.                                         |
            |   Also see: David Chess's Visual Mantras                 |
            |                                                          |
    spatial |                                                          |
    fitting |   Chockablock! where the goal is to make 3x3 or larger   |
            |   rectangles with Tetris pieces.  However, no reflexes   |
            |   are required as there is no timer or falling things;   |
            |   you should give it a try even if you dislike Tetris.   |
            |   Reminds me of my soma cubes.  Starts out simple, and   |
            |   gets  rapidly  complex when squares are  permanently   |
            |   blocked  off.  Can't seem to think far enough ahead,   |
            |   but improved  to level 7  with 9700 points.  If  you   |
            |   beat me badly, post your score!                        |
            |                                                          |
  my utopia |                                                          |
            |   Speaking  of  the  soma  cube,  everyone  should  be   |
            |   required   to  communicate  by  arranging  sets   of   |
            |   pentominoes.                                           |
            |                                                          |
    painted |                                                          |
      wrong |   3x3 Rolling Cubes                                      |
            |   Simple yet quite  difficult; the sliding puzzle with   |
            |   a  different dimension.  Once I saw  a  rendition of   |
            |   this with half marble, half chrome spheres that were   |
            |   locked  in some strange sort of stringed axis system   |
            |   in a gift shop.  Too cool.                             |
            |                                                          |
        x^y |                                                          |
            |   Web Travex is a Java  version  of the game where the   |
            |   sides  of  each  grid square  within a larger square   |
            |   must match each  other.  A  numbers-based version of   |
            |   jigsaw puzzles, really.                                |
            |                                                          |
  0000 1111 |                                                          |
            |   Lucas' Problem in CGI                                  |
            |                                                          |
      state |                                                          |
 maintained |   Berries is an Othello-ish game where one spreads  by   |
            |   moving or jumping pieces.   Capture  is  not in  the   |
            |   style of Othello -- when you move adjacent, you take   |
            |   over.                                                  |
            |                                                          |
     simple |                                                          |
   grandeur |   Gentle Bishops                                         |
            |   This  one  had me baffled for some time,  but  I did   |
            |   manage to solve  it.  One  of the more complex chess   |
            |   piece puzzles, it could stump you.                     |
     cont'd |                                                          |
            |   On the  other hand, if  it's real  chess puzzles you   |
            |   seek, check the exhaustive Chess Problems Database.    |
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            |   GJN(e)M: Good Job Nothing (ever) Matters               |
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  a site of |                                                          |
    tilting |   How can I not link something with a name like that?    |
            |   These  kind folks  have  Java applets  that  sort of   |
            |   simulate those old  Labyrinth  table-top  games, but   |
            |   without the frustrating timing part.                   |
            |   Plus, some very hypnotic, complex mazes.               |
            |                                                          |
swoop swoop |                                                          |
   wait was |   2-D Tilt Mazes                                         |
  just here |   Roll  a ball  through  the  grid  of  walls.   After   |
            |   solving  some  simple targets,  some multi-objective   |
            |   mazes  are  thrown  in.   This  forced     me  to re-  |
            |   prioritize and look at the overview  of  the  layout   |
            |   before jumping  into action.  As  mentioned  on  the   |
            |   page,  if  you manage to  solve the later multi-goal   |
            |   mazes in  any  reasonable  amount  of time,  you are   |
            |   amazing.                                               |
            |                                                          |
   augh the |                                                          |
       pain |   3-D Tilt Mazes                                         |
            |   These  are  only  for  the truly  insane.   Multiple   |
            |   levels of simple-looking mazes must  be traversed to   |
            |   reach the endpoint.                                    |
            |                                                          |
    pair of |                                                          |
       aces |   Tilt Puzzles                                           |
            |   Roll two  blocks  this  time,  against the walls and   |
            |   logically toward the proper target location  without   |
            |   having them collide.  Got them all, but took a while   |
            |   to  solve the grand  finale.   It's  not very  fault   |
            |   tolerant!                                              |
            |                                                          |
  wide open |                                                          |
     spaces |   Tile Puzzle                                            |
            |   On a different note than the tilting grids, this one   |
            |   is rather  like the old Pipe  Dreams game  where the   |
            |   pipes and  junctions  all  have  to  fit  together.    |
            |   Suggestion: Do not jump  to  the  Expert  mode after   |
            |   solving  the  first two  rather  easily.   Very mind-  |
            |   wrecking.                                              |
            |                                                          |
   jump the |                                                          |
    islands |   The Knight's Tour                                      |
            |   File  this  one under chess-derived puzzles.  It's a   |
            |   bit  odd;  your goal is to  move  from one  spot  to   |
            |   another,  on  certain  squares  of  a  10x10 board.    |
            |   Fairly simple to solve, after you get around the 5x5   |
            |   visibility issue.                                      |
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            |   Scopie!  Yahoo?                                        |
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            |   Scopie  bills themselves as the largest human-edited   |
            |   web   directory    on   Earth.   Wasn't  that   Open   |
            |   Directory's slogan?  At any rate, they may be famous   |
            |   for their  ASCII art [or  not],  but they have games   |
            |   too.   The grid-related  puzzles are very nice  Java   |
            |   applets.                                               |
            |                                                          |
     notrik |                                                          |
            |   Marble Solitaire                                       |
            |   The  old  classic;  jump marbles  into empty  spaces   |
            |   until there is only one.                               |
            |                                                          |
  flip flop |                                                          |
            |   Flip the Lights                                        |
            |   Turn  all the  lights on.  When you toggle a switch,   |
            |   all rooms immediately next door toggle as well.        |
            |                                                          |
       stop |                                                          |
 cutting me |   Bridges                                                |
        off |   Cross the alternating colors horizontally before the   |
            |   computer  blocks you vertically.  This one I  had to   |
            |   play    quite  a  while   before  understanding  the   |
            |   offensive / defensive logic behind moving strategy.    |
            |                                                          |
  say hi to |                                                          |
     herman |   Off-topic: My  turtle has the  same  eyes  as  their   |
            |   rendition.  I like the Ls for perspective feet.        |
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            |   That one warehouse game                                |
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didn't know |                                                          |
    what it |   I had to resort to asking Jeeves:                      |
 was called |   "Do you like that puzzle with all the box-pushing in   |
            |   a maze?"                                               |
            |                                                          |
            |   Oh yes.  It's called Sokoban.  ["warehouse keeper"?]   |
            |   And it has got educational value, don't you know.      |
methods for |                                                          |
    playing |   There's only a zillion versions.                       |
            |                                                          |
            |   If you've got an  X server, I recommend Xsokoban; if   |
            |   instead  you  enjoy  punishment,  there's  a  classy   |
            |   Windows  version as well.  Otherwise, here's a slick   |
            |   little Java version to ponder  if you don't  want to   |
            |   waste time downloading and installing.                 |
   netbaby, |                                                          |
       fun! |   It should  also be noted that  Netbaby has a game in   |
            |   this  vein, called Postoffice.   Much  Shockwave and   |
            |   Javascript involved, I can't figure out how  to link   |
            |   it directly.                                           |
      greek |                                                          |
            |   Xsokoban's linklist includes what I was looking for:   |
            |   sokoban  levels  in  ASCII  format.   Working  on  a   |
            |   clickable   desktop  in  Graphite  that   imports  a   |
            |   different Sokoban puzzle each day.                     |
    on that |                                                          |
       note |   Cool page with some studies on  solving and creating   |
            |   solvable  puzzles  programmatically.   (partially in   |
            |   Japanese)                                              |
 blast off! |                                                          |
            |   Notes for an  actual  speech about solving Sokoban.    |
            |   All in H1 for easy reading.                            |
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