I heard from a handful of people lately that a few of my puzzles have completely stumped them. (Course, I've heard from a vocal minority that they aren't hard enough, but that's a different post altogether.) Hey, getting stumped happens sometimes. I think it's all part of the puzzling process. Eventually we'll stumble upon the one puzzle that makes mincemeat out of us and makes us wish we'd taken up a much nicer hobby like making ships in a bottle or translating Garfield cartoons into Esperanto.
But believe me when I say us puzzlemakers want you to solve them, eventually. No matter how hard they seem. Being stumped it part of the process. Heck, it's part of everyday life. You know? Just to level the playing field, and to let you know I'm a human being, here's an abbreviated list of everyday things that stump me:
Massachusetts tax codes, indoor plumbing, the appeal of "Sex and the City," cars with stick shifts, the church of Steve Jobs, the metric system, anything involving botany, most U.S. history, Rubik's cubes, how airplanes work, Backgammon, the supposed difference between penne and cannelloni, animal husbandry, rocket telemetry, people who say they don't like coffee, the Electra complex, "friendly fire," Möbius strips, grokking, Finlandization, doublespeak, polygraphs, the difference between "its" and "it's," sensory deprivation chambers, pantomiming, the concept of "infinity," etc.
I could go on, but you get the picture. Basically, you don't want me on your pub quiz team.
Share the puzzle. New one on Friday.