Well… That was an adventure. I booked a flight to New York City and a flight back from Washington DC with not a detail planned in between. Somehow, it all worked out. I had a lot of fun, with tons of surprises along the way. I’ll be making separate posts regarding the escape rooms I solved in each city; for now this is just a summary of how I got around.
To commemorate a weekend of heavy travel and miles and miles of walking, this week’s puzzle is related to navigation and the what one might find while exploring. This weekend I knocked six more states, plus the DC bonus, off my 2018 checklist.
I’ve been quiet for a few days, but not for a lack of activity! Quite the opposite actually- been running hard these last few days tackling the east coast with no car and only a vague plan. It’s been successful so far, with a ton of pleasant surprises along the way.
Only one day remains before the clock runs out on the puzzle #6 response window! If no one beats the 44 letter mark, a winner will be crowned! Today’s puzzle once again changes the nature of the game. We started with number puzzles, spent a week on a word puzzle, and now we’ve got ourselves a fresh logic puzzle! This one puts you in the shoes of an adventurer in a strange maze.
June 1, 2018 (Flashback) – After departing Anchorage, I watched the Alaskan scenery on a bus ride to the cruise port in Seward. No mountain goats but one moose and plenty of avian wildlife. After a shockingly short check-in process (no lines!), it was all aboard and bon voyage. And to my great surprise, my ship, the Celebrity Millennium, was not without puzzles of its own!
Good news- I’m now on Twitter! My Twitter feed will post when there’s new material on the blog, including when the new weekly puzzle is posted! Now that the Puzzle Point Shop is live, there’s no reason not to try winning some freebies. Connect with @PuzzleDrifter on Twitter.
After a stretch of number puzzles, it’s time to try a words one. This one requires a little bit of work rather than relying on a “gotcha” moment, so take your time.
June 1, 2018 (Flashback) – It’s about time for me to get back to the story of the journey across the Pacific Northwest, centered around a cruise from Seward, AK to Vancouver, BC. The trip began with an overnight flight from Chicago to Anchorage, and after arriving in Anchorage well before the crack of dawn, I had a few hours to spend in town.
You know how textbooks often have a knowledge check at the end of a chapter, distilling the chapter’s lesson down into just a few core questions? This week’s puzzle is like that. It requires using the crux of at least one of the earlier puzzles (1-4) to get to the answer. Ready?
If you look up “summer” in the dictionary, you might find the following definition: “A two to three month window, typically between June and August, in which academic hiatuses and clement weather lead to a spike in demand for travel*.” If one were to follow the asterisk at the end of the sentence to the footnotes, he/she would find the following addendum: “An increase in demand while holding supply fixed will typically increase the equilibrium price.” What does it all mean? In short, that traveling during the summer months is really freaking expensive!