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166: Nuzzle in Puzzles


**Disclaimer: due to a mixer issue, the sound quality for this episode and the next are inconsistent with our usual quality. Sorry everyone! We managed to salvage what we could!**

What has 10 arms, 4 mics, and insanely nerdy about things like crosswords, riddles, anagrams, and quizzes? Why, it's this episode of GJB that's all about puzzles- featuring our good friend and crossword king Tyler Hinman! Tyler blows our minds with CRYPTIC crosswords. Learn facts about solving a Rubik's Cube, answer old-timey riddles, and unscramble animal anagrams. How do you move Mount Fuji? Learn why you might get asked to solve puzzles during a job interview, and the "hare-y" puzzle hunt that captivated the world.

RUNTIME: 1 hour 1 minute 20 seconds

SPONSOR: WARBY PARKER - Glasses for the new generation! Hip and smart for your rods and cones:


Featured Interlude Music:

"Puzzle Pieces" by Saint Motel  Amazon | iTunes 


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Reader Comments (41)

I did so much wikipedia-ing after listening to this! What a great show. My mom and I are working on the crossword right now. Thanks, Neville and thanks for another great episode!

November 10, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLoen

6:53:05 my time on the puzzle. Don't know if that's good or bad.

November 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteramyinfc

8:23:10 for me.

November 10, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterali

Excellent episode, and a very creative conundrum posed at the end! Thank you.

November 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

Possibly my favorite episode ever - Tyler did a great job of explaining cryptic crosswords - my word puzzle of choice. In 1982 I was my junior high's cube solving champ, lost the ability over the years, then retrained myself in 2014. And as a kid we had a copy of Masquerade and pored over it fruitlessly...

Anyone remember the PC game "Treasure Quest" that came out in the mid 90s? It's solution also ended in some controversy.

November 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTodd

Thank you for explaining the cryptic crossword! I have NEVER known how to do those things, but hadn't ever thought to look it up since I come across them so infrequently. I will be buying a cryptic crossword book this week now :)
Not sure how you choose your subjects for the quizzes, but I would love to see one on Australia and all things Australian (if it hasn't already been done, and there's no unwritten law about choosing a country as a topic) :)

Keep up the great work guys!! :)

November 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterLib

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Awesome topic, thank you!


November 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Cheng

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November 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterAlex B.

As ever, an excellent show! As a long time scout leader, I enjoyed Colin's report on Rubik's Cubes which reminded me of a very interesting Eagle project done for Tulsa Air & Space Museum. The scout created a pixilated photo of Einstein and then he and his team solved Rubik's cubes to fit into the pixilation, creating a mural for the Museum. Similar Eagle projects have been done since, but Einstein was the coolest--and such relativity!

November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCindy P

Hey guys, love the episode. ..I heard your tag line in another podcast "pop quize hotshot" was great

November 19, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Just wanted to let you guys know I'm a wrestling coach. There are three main types of wrestling collegiate which is used by high schools and colleges. Greco Roman which is all upper body no legs that is in the Olympics, and freestyle which is also used in the Olympics which is mainly throws and you get more points the higher the feet off the ground.

December 1, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMike Lowey

I loved this episode! I went to look for Kit Williams' books and found that, apparently, libraries do not have respect for puzzles or mysteries. The library catalog record for the untitled book gives away the hidden title! It even states "Published without explicit title; author's hidden title: ..." and lists the title. Thanks, libraries.

December 4, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

I'm a little behind, just listened to this episode and I loved it! During the discussion on Masquerade I experienced a flood of memories, followed by a flurry of Googling, because it made me remember a book I had as a kid with pretty much the exact same premise. It was called Conundrum, it was put out by the Cadbury chocolate company, and the illustrations would lead solvers to one of 12 solid gold Cadbury eggs. It looks like it came out in 1984 and was written by Don Shaw and illustrated by Nick Price, buts it's hard to find much info on it, as neither the book, the author, nor the illustrator have a Wikipedia page. I guess it just didn't have the same cachet as Masquerade, but I sure enjoyed poring over the bizarre illustrations when I was a kid.

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