The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

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The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Balin » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:44 pm

As has been done for the past two years (2016's and 2017's), it's time to decide the best puzzle of 2018.

(NOTE: Most of these rules are copied straight from WiZ's write-up on the 2017 thread; I have edited and tweaked where necessary.)

THE FORMAT

- LTPFers are invited to submit the name and title (a hyperlink to the puzzle is useful and encouraged) of their favourite puzzles from this year.
- After the initial round of nominations (between three weeks and a month, due to nominating in January this time), any puzzle which was nominated more than once will be put in a final shortlist, and we will determine a consensus winner by vote.

THE GUIDELINES

- You must choose puzzles that were spoiled in 2018.
- You must nominate classical-style puzzles. Novelty or special puzzle types, such as neologisms, lateral adventures, and Christmas homages, are ineligible for this list.
- You may submit as many or as few of your favourites as you wish, although many of us have found 5 to be a useful number. If you have a "longlist", you may choose to submit this to the thread after the consensus vote stage (unless you want your less-favoured selections to be considered for round 2)
- You may rank the puzzles. This won't weight them any more heavily for consideration for round 2, but it's nice for forum users to see that their puzzle was someone's particular favourite
- You must provide the name of the puzzle and the host. You are not obliged to provide a hyperlink, but it is useful.
- You may choose multiple puzzles by the same host, or keep it to 1 per LTPFer if you'd prefer.
- You may not submit one of your own puzzles.
- You are not obligated to justify your choice or explain your criteria, but it can be nice for the hosts to see what they did especially well.

THE PRIZE

The satisfaction of winning.

What, you wanted more? There's not a lot we can offer you, really. Think of it as the Mastermind prize, minus the chair. I'm sure you have one already, anyway.

You are also entitled to have your puzzle title edited to say [PUZZEL OF THE YEAR 2018] after it.

Good luck! Have fun!
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Balin » Thu Jan 03, 2019 1:47 pm

Normally I start off the nominations, and I had enough sense over the year to add the puzzles I liked into a pre-shortlist to sort through at nomination time. However, I did add 54 puzzles into that list. Time to go through them.

(Also, can a mod with pinning power please pin this to the top of the page?)
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Balin » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:02 pm

I guess I do get to start off the nominations.

1. invisiblemimsy - Face the Music

2. WiZ - One at a time, please

3. Solong - Following family tradition

4. android18 - Modern life is rubbish

5. WiZ - Ethanomics

6. peter365 - West of the Fields

7. WiZ - Circular Logic

8. gregoryuconn - Go Team, Go!
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Doriana » Thu Jan 03, 2019 8:16 pm

While I think WiZ's "One at a time, please" is definitely a great puzzle, I would argue it counts as a "novelty or special puzzle type" and should therefore be excluded from the nominations.

I wasn't here for most of the year and I don't really keep track of the puzzles posted, so I won't nominate any puzzles for 2018. Maybe next year. I'm just here to be an annoying stickler for the rules :lol:
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Balin » Thu Jan 03, 2019 9:17 pm

I considered that puzzle a classic puzzle (lateral statement/scenario & solution) with an author-imposed limitation, which is why I was okay with nominating it. Perhaps other voices could chime in. (But worry not; pedantry is not only accepted but encouraged here.)
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Earnest » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:08 am

I vote for the One at a time series of WiZ ;)
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby peter365 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 2:31 pm

I've pinned this post so it should remain at the top. I'm working on my nominations . Totally fine with 'one a time' type puzzles being nominated.
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby WiZ » Sun Jan 06, 2019 8:14 pm

Thanks for the sticky, Peter.

I agree with Balin's reasoning; there are a number of puzzle types that are effectively classic format but with constraints on how to ask the questions (OAATP, Versponse, kittehspeak puzzles etc.). I would even argue that Scrunds would count as classic-style, given that there are at least two such puzzles in Paul&Des' later books.

I would also encourage Doriana and others to vote anyway - if participating in a puzzle was a prerequisite for voting for it, I'd essentially be disenfranchised :P. Have a look at the solved section, and see the puzzles for which you liked the question, the answer, and how the question led to the answer.

I'm working through my longlist now, and struggling more than usual. Balin's had a very good year.
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby irishelk » Sun Jan 06, 2019 9:57 pm

Well, I did indeed go through the 2018 Solved Puzzles, and came up with a final list of 30. Yeah, we have a lot of strong contenders this year.

So I will limit myself to one finalist per user, and also remove my own puzzles from the running (though my narcissism objects stringently!). But just so we all know, if I was giving a user award based on the number of puzzles that made my final cut, WiZ wins by a mile.

IrishElk's List:

[Admin] What is orange and sounds like a parrot? (Is Admin allowed to win?)

[Balin] Now departing...

[Doriana] Rivers

[Enjay] Swings and roundabouts

[gregoryuconn] Till Death Do Us Part

[Hobbsicle] A Little Late

[invisiblemimsy] One Armed Bandits

[JenBurdoo] Aids to Scouting III: Ewe Win

[Peter365] Underwriting the Wrongs

[WiZ] The Fisherman
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby peter365 » Mon Jan 07, 2019 9:05 am

Here's my picks in no particular order, again I restricted this to one per member but Balin and WiZ could have had their own competition. We're very lucky to have them.

Wolfier - Just Doing Her Job NIce play on words which is right up my street

Balin - Up the Down Staircase I really liked this one, lateral and I love the movie

Enjay - Swings and Roundabouts This was a tricky one, a fiendishly good murder plan

JumpingJacks - Cooking Up a Storm I like the twist in this one

WiZ - What Katie Did I solved this so I am biased but it's a brilliant concept

Irish Elk - Moon I no longer have to spell things out in front of my kids but this made me smile

Invisiblemimsy - Equal Rights for Cyborgs Putting two fingers up to train companies what's not to like?
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby LemonCurry » Mon Jan 07, 2019 3:28 pm

I wasn't very active during 2018, but at least I have collected a small list of favourites over the year
(apologies for this list being WiZ-biased, but this man is clearly hosting most of my favourite puzzles :))


[WiZ] Dave the Fave

[WiZ] Rated PG: Contains gambling references

[Peter365] Underwriting the Wrongs

[WiZ] Ethanomics
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby WiZ » Mon Jan 07, 2019 11:43 pm

Ay, ay, ay, this was tough this year.

Even limiting it to one per forum user (which did a bit of an injustice to the second-and-third-best puzzles of some of you), I was only able to get the list down to 12 after a few hours.

Among those 12, however, I think there were six that were exceptional. So, here we go (in no particular order):

Peter - Tall Dark and Ransom

GregoryUconn - Til death do us part

InvisibleMimsy - Alright, Me Luvver?

Hobbsicle - A Little Late

IrishElk - Moon

Balin - Fuzz
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Hobbsicle » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:09 am

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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby biograd » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:38 am

Here are a bunch of contenders in my opinion. I've judged them based on being both real (or plausibly so), and also lateral. It's not too hard to create a very lateral solution out of a farfetched, implausible situation, but to find one that really exists deserves credit IMO.

[WiZ] Ard http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12170&p=65012
Good one!

WiZ--I smart, You smart, we all smart for.... http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12148
This one is very memorable for being one of the few puzzles where the solution could have been found simply by looking at the puzzle statement in the correct way. Some might call it a "non-traditional puzzle" because the critical part of the puzzle statement was in picture rather than text form, but most of the questions asked were proceeding from the assumption that it was a traditional puzzle (and ignoring the picture entirely), with the lateral leap being to look rather than think, so you could say it was one.

Balin-- Cat videos http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12069
What a great coincidence!

Zanreo--Might want to sit down for this http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12075
A picture of someone named Guy Standing... sitting. How often does one come across that??

Doriana--It's all in your head http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12077
"I got hurt playing quidditch" should be the answer to more riddles.

WiZ--Adam and Yves http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12082
I like the "something he was attached to" bit.

WiZ--Nemesis viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12087
The idea of the "nemesis" being a word made this one interesting.

Wow, I totally didn't do this on purpose, but looking at the list now I see half of these are WiZ puzzles! He's on a roll this year!
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Balin » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:46 pm

Don't worry - these threads always end up as WiZ Appreciation Lists.

And we've already smashed the previous years' nomination count, as 40 puzzles have been nominated. (Excluding Admin's; as established in previous years but mistakenly omitted in the rules, Admin is ineligible. But that mentioned puzzle is excellent.)
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby WiZ » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:56 pm

That would bring the total number of puzzles in the anthology to a nice 100, but don't let this discourage you from further nominations!

Also, I really appreciate all the nominations. And having your feedback on what does and does not work when crafting puzzles and questions is actually very useful to me as a learning specialist/instructional designer!
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Enjay » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:11 pm

Some of my favourites - I'm sure I could come up with more but this is from a quick skim through the archives!

Hobbsicle - Rhapsody in Darkness
You could argue this isn't a classic puzzle but I think the Q&A part was fairly classic, and I really liked the framing.

WiZ - Every Fourth-Born Child
and
Une chaussure a brillé gratuitement
WiZ - If anything the two nominations rule might hamper you as you have so many puzzles worth nominating!

Balin - At Sixes and Sevens
I'm generally pretty confident I will enjoy a WiZ or Balin puzzle - they start with just enough information to consue you, but the answers seem obvious in hindsight, as they should be!

gregoryuconn - Happy Birthday, Little Sis!
I liked this one as it involved some lateral thinking on the part of the people in the puzzle as well.
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby invisiblemimsy » Tue Jan 15, 2019 7:30 pm

Here are my faves..

#1 Admin - What is Orange and Sounds Like a Parrot? - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12123
(Are Admin puzzles allowed? This one is my top favourite.)

#2 Balin - Groaner - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12028

#3 Wiz - Circular Logic - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12019

#4 wwhere - For Bridge and Window - viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11986
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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Admin » Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:46 pm

Here are my favourite puzzles of 2018

[WiZ] This Title Contains Thirty-four Letters
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12249

[Solong] A charming story..
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12215

[WiZ] An Unreal Immobility in Space
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12217

[gregoryuconn] Till Death Do Us Part
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12198

[WiZ] Non-desk-ripped
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12199

All very good.

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Re: The Official 2018 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby invisiblemimsy » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:35 pm

Oh yes! I forgot Hobbsicle's Rhapsody in Darkness. Yay for that. viewtopic.php?f=6&t=11969
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