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2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby Balin » Fri Jan 01, 2021 3:05 pm

Happy New Year, everyone! A new year means another puzzle to receive the title of Puzzel of the Year. Now it's up to all of us to nominate and make that decision.

Here are the rules and guidelines as posted by IrishElk last year and slightly tweaked by me:

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Please nominate your faves by posting the title and author of your favorite puzzles from this year. If you have the time, a link to the puzzle would be much appreciated. Nominate as many as you like.

Nominations will be closed around January 21st, but will not close them until everyone who expressed an interest has had a chance to post. Any puzzle that was nominated more than once will make it to the final round, where we each vote for our top three.

THE GUIDELINES

1. You must choose puzzles that were spoiled in 2020. In the Solved section, that starts with JenBurdoo's "Lightbulb!" and ends with klondike mary's "that sinking feeling." This also includes any puzzles still on the Active Board if they were solved by 12/31/20 GMT.
2. You must nominate classical-style puzzles. Novelty or special puzzle types, such as lateral adventures and rulebreakers, as much as we love them, are ineligible for this list. OAATPs are considered a subset of classical puzzles and are eligible. Neologisms may be eligible, as long as there is a classic lateral twist involved.
3. You may rank the puzzles. This won't weight them any more heavily for consideration for round two, but it's nice for forum users to see that their puzzle was someone's particular favorite.
4. You must provide the name of the puzzle and the host. You are not obliged to provide a hyperlink, but it is useful.
5. You may choose multiple puzzles by the same host, or keep it to one per LTPFer if you'd prefer.
6. You may not submit one of your own puzzles or vote for yourself, but I do encourage people to let us know afterword, or separately in the Chatroom: what was your favorite of your own puzzles this year?
7. 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
Our undying awe and gratitude. Renewed confidence in your awesome mental capabilities. And possibly a funny Top Gun style nickname for you.

Oh, and your puzzle title will be edited to say [PUZZEL OF THE YEAR 2020] after it.

So happy Puzzle Games, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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Re: The Official 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Doriana » Fri Jan 01, 2021 11:20 pm

Thanks for organizing this, Balin!

I nominate, in no particular order
irishelk - That's right, I named it after me
WiZ - Gifts of the Maggie
markobr - Form follows function
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Re: The Official 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Balin » Sun Jan 03, 2021 2:46 pm

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Re: The Official 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby WiZ » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:59 am

Bit of an ordeal trying to cull the list to 10. Much like funerals in Level 4 lockdown. Went with one per author out of necessity, but I will say the highly commendeds were highly commendable this year.

My top 10, alphabetically by author:

[AlbatrossLover] This Might be a Strange Question
[Balin]... With this one Easy Trick
[Doriana] Subtle Titles
[Enjay] Ring Ring
[Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law
[Hominid] This Man
[IrishElk] A Capital Idea
[JenBurdoo] Overlooked
[Klondike Mary] The Defense Rests
[Peter365] Of Recklessness and Water
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Re: The Official 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby Hobbsicle » Sat Jan 09, 2021 4:48 pm

More proof that 2020 wasn't a bad year for everything.

[Balin] Search high and low - Holding on to this one to share, a great easier one
[Balin] A bad sport - Love the its-not-actually-about-sports lateral twist
[Doriana] Subtle Titles - Social media: the source of strange behavior since 2004. Clever one, and good forward thinking.
[GalFisk] Hands up! - I've definitely done this before and seen it done, but it sure does sound odd when you take it out of context, good observation
[IrishElk] It is Your Birthday. - The fact that it's about The Office might give me some bias in its favor, but I genuinely like the recursive nature of this one (he is an employee who needs an office to write a story about an employee in the office that he's in)
[JenBurdoo] Lightbulb! - Can always count on Jen to bring the clever military-related puzzles, and I like the element of who-knows-what about this one
[klondike mary] the prosthesis thesis - The things I've never thought about the TV shows I grew up with
[WiZ] Tom's Marvellous Riddle - Leave it to WiZ to come up with some clever and humorous observation about extremely ordinary things
[WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved - I like that the wording is somehow misleading while being entirely fair. I mean, what could be in the guy's pockets?
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Re: The Official 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby irishelk » Mon Jan 11, 2021 12:01 am

So many good ones this year! It's almost as if we were all just sitting around our houses, thinking strange thoughts.

[Balin] ...with the knife, in the... - A creative lateral puzzle about a creative lateral solution.
[Enjay] Ring Ring - The solution is clear and easy to picture, but still tricky to get to.
[GalFisk] Hands up! - Agree with Hobbs, this very nicely makes an everyday action strange.
[Hobbsicle] Goodnight Noises Everywhere - This will be a good one to tell at a family gathering...whenever gatherings are a thing again...
[Hobbsicle] Nervous Laughter - Any statement that reminds me of the Blair Witch Project is good in my books.
[JenBurdoo] Lightbulb! - Really interesting historical story, and well-suited to a puzzle.
[klondike mary] yu might as well laugh - This one really made me smile. Well worded.
[markobr] Form follows function - Very interesting and unusual situation.
[peter365] Laps and Megends - A classic normal-thing-made-weird statement.
[WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved - Requires a good lateral leap.

And I think we've established that Admin can't win, but I loved [Admin] Lie Down
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Re: The Official 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread

Postby peter365 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 2:14 pm

HI all,

If I'm not too late here's 3 thati really enjoyed. I forget how to the link thing.

Wiz - Tom's Marvellous Riddle http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12482 . I've tried this out on many people and they all liked it.

Balin with the knife in the.... http://www.lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12615 This one was very clever and lateral

Jenburdoo Overlooked http://lateralpuzzles.com/puzzles/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=12636 Sounded complicated but the solution was very straightforward
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (NOMINATION DEADLINE 1/31

Postby Balin » Mon Feb 01, 2021 12:12 pm

As it's now February, nominations are closed, with 37 puzzles nominated. (I'll add WiZ's "Author of her own Demise," markobr's "Off with his head?", and Vagary's "Distinguished, Extinguished" to make it an even 40.)

Of the nominees, 11 received multiple nominations and are therefore the final crop of POTY nominees:

* [Balin] ...with the knife, in the...
* [Doriana] Subtle Titles
* [Enjay] Ring Ring
* [GalFisk] Hands up!
* [Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law
* [JenBurdoo] Lightbulb!
* [JenBurdoo] Overlooked
* [markobr] Form follows function
* [WiZ] Gifts of the Maggie
* [WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved
* [WiZ] Tom's Marvellous Riddle

Vote for your top three puzzles in order. Votes will be tallied using a 3-2-1 point system. After two weeks, the puzzle with the most points will be named Puzzel of the Year 2020. (In case of a tie, number of Round 1 nominations will be the first tiebreaker, number of first-place votes will be the second, and number of second-place votes will be the third.)

Good luck and good votes!
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby Doriana » Mon Feb 01, 2021 1:50 pm

Honored to see one of my puzzles shortlisted! Here's my final ranking

#1 - [WiZ] Gifts of the Maggie
#2 - [markobr] Form follows function
#3 - [Enjay] Ring Ring
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby Balin » Mon Feb 01, 2021 2:33 pm

And here are my votes:

1. [WiZ] Tom's Marvellous Riddle
2. [Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law
3. [WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby GalFisk » Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:25 pm

My votes:
1. [Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law
2. [WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved
3. [JenBurdoo] Overlooked
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby Enjay » Mon Feb 01, 2021 6:50 pm

My votes:

1. [WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved
2. [Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law
3. [markobr] Form follows function
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby WiZ » Mon Feb 01, 2021 10:51 pm

New Zealand a̶b̶s̶t̶a̶i̶n̶s̶ (sorry, force of habit) votes for:

1. [Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law
2. [Balin] ...with the knife, in the...
3. [Doriana] Subtle Titles
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby Hobbsicle » Tue Feb 02, 2021 12:02 am

1. [WiZ] Tom's Marvellous Riddle
2. [Doriana] Subtle Titles
3. [Literally a Skeleton] The deceased's health has not yet improved
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby LemonCurry » Wed Feb 03, 2021 9:31 am

These are my votes:

1. [Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law
2. [JenBurdoo] Lightbulb!
3. [markobr] Form follows function
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby biograd » Thu Feb 04, 2021 7:51 am

1. [WiZ] Gifts of the Maggie
2. [Balin] ...with the knife, in the...
3. [markobr] Form follows function
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby irishelk » Thu Feb 04, 2021 4:01 pm

I will go...

1. [Enjay] Ring Ring
2. [GalFisk] Hands up!
3. [WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (SECOND ROUND OF VOTING O

Postby peter365 » Mon Feb 08, 2021 3:21 pm

My top three are my three nominations

1. Tom's Marvellous Riddle (WiZ)
2. With the Knife in the (Balin)
3. Overlooked (Jenburdoo).
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (VOTING DEADLINE FEB. 15)

Postby markobr » Sun Feb 14, 2021 12:11 am

1. [WiZ] The deceased's health has not yet improved - Some of the most obvious things you can have in your pockets surely aren't among the first ones that come to your mind. And I like the series of questions about what these things are made of, as well as those about where he acquired them. Could be(come) a classic.

2. [Hobbsicle] Letter of the Law - a fine obfuscation of what happens when you play a common game (under somewhat special, but realistic circumstances), and a really nice ambiguity of the word "letter".

3.[JenBurdoo] Lightbulb! - after all quite a common reason not to do something, but not easy to find out in this special context, basically among professional lateral thinkers.
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (VOTING DEADLINE FEB. 15)

Postby JenBurdoo » Sun Feb 14, 2021 6:38 am

In the following order:

Hands Up - Simple, yet eye-opening.
Form Follows Function - I like unique puzzles that teach me something new about history or culture.
Deceased's Health - I've caught myself sticking my hands in my pockets recently while walking, and have taken to just sticking the thumbs in...
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (VOTING DEADLINE FEB. 15)

Postby hominid » Mon Feb 15, 2021 7:42 pm

Lots of good ones.

1. Form follows function (markobr)
2. ...with the knife, in the... (Balin)
3. Tom's Marvellous Riddle (WiZ)
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby Balin » Tue Feb 16, 2021 1:18 pm

It's now beyond February 15, the votes have been tallied, and the winner is...

...with 15 points coming from three first-place and three second-place votes, Hobbsicle's "Letter of the Law" is the 2020 Puzzel of the Year!

Congrats to Hobbsicle, congrats to all nominees. (All 11 second-round puzzles received votes, so we definitely had a good crop from the year.) Any Top Gun-style nickname shall be administered by IrishElk, since I haven't actually seen Top Gun.

Now, to 2021....
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby peter365 » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:07 pm

Congratulations Hobbsicle .

Excellent Puzzle
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby Doriana » Tue Feb 16, 2021 2:44 pm

Congratulations!
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby JenBurdoo » Tue Feb 16, 2021 3:07 pm

Congrats!
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby GalFisk » Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:47 pm

Grats!
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby WiZ » Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:54 pm

Very well done, Hobbsicle. One of those 'I wish I'd written that' puzzles, for sure.

Well done also to Markobr who was looking like quite the dark horse as the last votes came in.

I note that we've had 5 different winners in 5 years. We have no-one to blame but the individuals who wrote the great puzzles, of course, but it's nice to see.

I note also that this year's winner was an OAATP, and I think it's equally nice to see we've found a means by which LTPFers can host easier puzzles, knowing that they can still be enjoyed and not cut down immediately by a Zergrush of questions.
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby hominid » Tue Feb 16, 2021 10:17 pm

Congrats Hobbsicle!

Also I believe this is the first time I have been nominated, so thanks for that, WiZ.
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby trebor » Wed Feb 17, 2021 4:06 pm

Congrats, Hobbsicle!
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby markobr » Wed Feb 17, 2021 11:18 pm

Congratulations, Hobbsicle!
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby Hobbsicle » Thu Feb 18, 2021 7:36 pm

Thanks everyone!!! Sorry for the late reaction, this has been a weird week in Texas with some major snowstorms coupled with widespread power outages and infrastructure problems everywhere, not to mention the massive 100+car pileup in my city. We’ve been relatively fortunate with only 30 minutes of power out, but we discovered a burst pipe this morning. Many of our friends and family have had 2-day long power outages. Looks like we’re moving to the other side of all this, though.

All that to say, this was a good time to get some really fun news for me! Good job also to WiZ who took both second place and tied for third, and to markobr, who was the other in 3rd. But really, as Balin pointed out, it was a great batch of puzzles overall, as evidenced by the variety of votes.

I had considered taking that puzzle a different route. Instead of the “letter” ruse, I had toyed with saying that the person walked up and showed him “a number two”, and calling the puzzle “The Big Number Two”. How childish is that? Now you can decide if you would have been more or less likely to have voted for it. Perhaps it would have been your...number two pick?
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby irishelk » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:10 am

Excellent, a well-deserved win! And I'm sorry for your burst pipe, but glad you have otherwise come through unscathed.

For the record, I have never seen Top Gun either. That said, your nickname is Bruiser.
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Re: 2020 Puzzel of the Year Thread (AND THE WINNER IS...)

Postby trebor » Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:29 pm

Oh, you’re in Fort Worth? My god, what a horrible pile-up and storm. Glad to hear you’re safe.
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