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dave -> 9 Creative, bizarre and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (2/22/2009 8:12:44 PM)

We want to publish an article about creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles. We did puzzles and handicraft (woodworking, quilting) a long time ago, and we're now looking for more examples. Anyone here with something interesting to show? you can post it in this forum, or send email to Gil at gilg@conceptispuzzles.com

Thanks, Dave

sharonella -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (2/22/2009 9:00:56 PM)

Well - A few ywars ago, I was a temp for a large company, with many departments.  They decided to have what they called a scavenger hunt at their annual holiday party that was held at a local historical home with quite a few large rooms.  It helped that many of the rooms had two doors, so you could enter one door & exit another.  It was an ice breaker group activity, where teams were created by random drawing - but the final teams were also adjusted so that peoplw who were in the same departments (or people's significant others) were not on the same teams.  (The number of teams was decided by the number of rooms/puzzles there were, so that there was a team in each room at all times.)

Each room had a puzzle or group activity of some sort to solve.  There was a monitor (a person from the party committee who helped create the scavenger hunt) in each room to determine if the puzzle had been completed correctly or not, and how long it took. 

Some questions were straightforward - name 4 actors who have played James Bond.  Another activity had all members of the team stand with a lighweight pole across the back of all our hands - then we had to LOWER the pole to ground without dropping it.  (The tendency in this challenge is to RAISE your hands to keep the pole from falling - not as easy as it sounds)  There were logic puzzles to solve.  Due to my love of puzzles, I'm very pleased to say I was instrumental in the solving of most of the puzzles. 

The monitor in each room noted how long it took us to solve each room correclty, then you moved on the the next room.

Using a simple Conceptis puzzle (printed on a large, laminated poster, that you can use dry erase markers on) could be a great team puzzle used in this kind of party game.  Sudoku - Or a maze - or a LAP or Kakuro.  You choose a person on the team to use the marker, then with several sets of eyes, solve the puzzle in 10 minutes or less.


gilg -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (2/23/2009 8:11:29 AM)

Thanks for the interesting idea Sha.

Actually what we are looking for are more like things that "already occur" rather than "can be done", preferably if captured on camera and got to be a nice picture/s. Also those examples do not have to be using Conceptis puzzles. Any type of logic puzzle will do.

Examples can be pretty much anything - a snapshot of an interesting craft using logic puzzle, a photo of a road sign, a short video (like that nice little speed drawing Madonna youtube vid we recently featured) a dress, a wedding present... anything that is out of the ordinary.

Here are two particular ones we know about using Sudoku though we are mostly interesting with what we can't find or think of :) So, if anyone has any information about projects such as the above or knows how to get them please let us know anytime. Here or directly through my email gilg@conceptispuzzles.com

Thanks, Gil

jhitchin -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (2/23/2009 6:18:48 PM)

I've been doing rubber stamp art for more than ten years and only recently have been finding ways of putting puzzles into the cards I make.

Here's an example of an artist trading card (an ATC is defined as art in any media being made on a card 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches, which is the size of a playing card or trading card) I made with part of a sudoku puzzle in it:


Haven't put a whole puzzle in a greeting card yet, but I think that could be fun.


shiron -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (2/23/2009 10:27:00 PM)

Hi! I'm not sure this is creative as you were looking for...but:
1. when I solve puzzles ( at home or even at family parties or even once when I went on a trip with my colleagues at work)I like to ask all my family members (or anyone surrounding me) if they "see" the picture and what it is in different stages of solving. Then everyone starts imagining what the picture could be and it is lots of fun. Every once in a while they take a look to see who was right. It makes it even more rewarding to finish the puzzle, especially for puzzles with nice and well defined pictures! (and usually my 5 years old son will comment "I knew it was that!")
2. I used easy LAPs with my son to learn numbers (identifying pairs of numbers and counting) and motor skills with the mouse and computer (we started when he was almost 4 ys old- he wanted to do puzzles as mommy did...)
I had another one in mind but just forgot it...ok, it's late...so goodnight meanwhile!

gilg -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (2/24/2009 12:17:30 PM)

Thanks for that interesting idea and photograph, Jeff. Wow... have to admit I had no idea artist trading cards even exists. Actually, I was still unsure what they are exactly after reading your post so I checked on Wikipedia too and this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artist_trading_cards popped up right away...

Would you say the following (taken from the above link) is a well-informing blurb about the subject?:

"Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as baseball cards and thin enough to fit inside standard card-collector pockets, sleeves or sheets. The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origin in Switzerland. The cards are usually traded or exchanged rather than sold."

Perhaps you can describe it better or even post 2-3 links you recommend for beginners who have no prior knowledge about that form of art. In addition, is there any way you can email me a high-res version of that photo from your Flickr?

Also thanks to Shiron for her suggestions. They are lovely and indeed creative, though they are also a little hard to be captured on a single picture. It is hard to explain but what we are looking for is more like simple ideas that are creative, "look" interesting and can be explained in a single paragraph along with a picture. Not an easy task...

mariangel -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (3/17/2009 10:50:35 PM)

This is not something new or unexpected, but I used one of Conceptis review puzzles (a hen with two chicks) to make a cross-stitch picture for my baby's room. If you are interested, you can see it here


sharonella -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (3/19/2009 3:34:37 PM)

mariangel - that is so lovely!  I've always thought many of the picture puzzles could be easily made into cross stitch or needlepoint pictures.  What helps greatly is they already have a limited color palette.

Even the mazes (MAPs) can be used, you just need to draw in the complete grids before proceeding, but most of the lines are already there.

To take it a step further, a quilt could be made from squares of cross-stitched puzzles...

LOTS of creative re-use of Conceptis puzzles!


mariangel -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (3/19/2009 4:19:51 PM)

A quilt made of cross-stitch squares! That's a very nice idea, Sharonella! It would make a nice spread for a kid's bed.

The last review puzzle, with the bullfighter, would make a great cross-stitch picture too, just need to put in the right colors (red and gold in the dress and the rich brown and black in the bull).  I'm not a fan of the "fiesta" as I find it cruel, but still like the paintings about it ... like Goya's "Tauromaquia" print series.

cidan247 -> RE: Creative and unexpected ways of using logic puzzles (10/2/2009 4:06:17 PM)

I've often thought it would be easy to use a finished FAP, PAP, or LAP in as a filet crochet wall hanging or doily. Never did filet crochet, but have planned to try it, as I have crocheted many other things. My finished puzzles have given me many ideas and are perfect patterns for that type of thing. There was a PAP, I think, that once had a picture of a lion. I created "Lion of Judah" stencil-type words around it, and have that as a "gonna do it sometime" type thing.[:)]

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