A Conversation for The Game of Hex
Fragilis - h2g2 Cured My Tabular Obsession Started conversation Aug 21, 2003
I just wanted to say well done. It's an esoteric subject, but one that interests me. You see, I used to really enjoy Martin Gardner puzzles as a kid. I used to find them in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine.
The usual trick was to put a puzzle on one page squeezed around advertisements or the end of a short story. Gardner tended to create fictional characters in futuristic stories to form a 'story' of how the puzzle might come up in conversation or in practice. There would be a note at the bottom to check another page for the answer.
The referenced page would answer the first question, but might give an additional puzzle. The plot would thicken for our fictional characters. There might even be three puzzles. In the end, Gardner usually found some overreaching moral or pun to cap off the story/puzzles.
I seem to remember seeing a small series of Hex puzzles in this format. It would be from the late 70s or early 80s, but I wouldn't remember the issue number of the magazine. I suspect these would be reprinted in one of his two books.
Baron Grim Posted Aug 21, 2003
I don't mean for this to sound like blatant self promotion. It's just that, as a puzzle fan, I love to find new puzzles and games. And this one is well known to Piet Hein and Martin Gardner fans. It's my entry on Pentominoes A970904 .
Pimms Posted Aug 30, 2003
Baron Grim Posted Sep 2, 2003
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