An interesting quotation by Simon Pegg has been fit into the diagram below, though you’ll have to rearrange the letters considerably to find it. Looking at each column of letters vertically, distribute the letters in it
Sex is one of the greatest mysteries in biology. Why on earth do most large complex animals have two sexes? Asexual reproduction can efficiently produce twice as many offspring as sexual reproduction without the complications of finding and courting a mate. There must be major benefits to having two sexes, but if so, why shouldn’t three sexes be even better? Isaac Asimov explored this complicated scenario in his 1972 Nebula Award-winning novel “The Gods Themselves,” and he wasn’t the only science fiction writer to do so. Is there some reason why three is definitely a crowd?
Many biological hypotheses have been proposed to explain the mystery. In this column, we’ll approach the system from a different point of view: Are there any interesting mathematical principles that … Read the rest
The September 2017 issue of GAMES WORLD OF PUZZLES will mark 40 years since GAMES debuted back in 1977 with the September/October issue. To celebrate, we will post one punny crossword-style clue each day in the 40 days leading up
Flag down your friends and show them this beautiful puzzle—or enjoy it all by yourself! The answers to each numbered clue pair below go in the 12 spaces surrounding the correspondingly numbered red star
A company located in Sweet Home, Oregon, has begun making candies. The outfit, known as Huey’s Gooey Chewies, makes six types of chocolate-covered nuts (peanut, pecan, cashew, hazelnut, walnut, and almond), six types of
Below are four lists of related words and phrases that have been translated into simple cipher alphabets. The letter substitutions remain constant within any one group of words (for instance, if V represents G in one
Change each group of 10 words below into a “family” of different words (words or proper names that have something in common) by dropping one letter from each word and then rearranging the remaining letters.
To solve Quote Boxes, drop the letters from each vertical column—not necessarily in the order in which they appear—into the empty squares below them to spell a quotation reading from left to right, line by