The sports puzzles are done, and I’m about halfway through the second project for Taku Graphics and Alaska Geographic. So, two down and one to go, and still plenty of fun to be had.
The first project for Taku was–get this!–sudoku puzzles. Now, sudoku puzzles aren’t something I want to try to make up in my head. It can be done, but good goldfish it’s a heap of work that can be done in a snap by a decent software program. In general, I don’t use software in my puzzle crafting. Why should I waste my time doing something a computer can do a million times faster? If I’m going to do a word search–something a computer can do–I add something a computer can’t, something fun and/or clever, I hope.
But they wanted sudoku puzzles. I pointed out that Taku could buy software and they wouldn’t need me, but for whatever reason, they wanted me to do it. So I bought software. Yes indeedy, I now own puzzle-making software! I can make and solve sudoku puzzles until the longhorns return to the domicile. Over the holidays I did. I want to be proficient so I have some clue as to whether a puzzle is easy or hard. Plus, I felt compelled to test the software a bit before trusting it implicitly.
The software can do other kinds of puzzles, but I’ve not really investigated all its features. There’s one puzzle called “Morph Words” which I have made up in my head in the past. I’ve mucked with it a bit, but I don’t like some of the words it uses. I know I can delete those words from the puzzle dictionary, but I haven’t figured out how yet. I do find that I can alter what it does and sometimes come up with something that pleases me, but it’s a bit hit-and-miss.
One thing I’m excited about is that the program has the ability to create java applets that I can upload to the Web to make interactive puzzles. Now that would be cool! A quick look at how that’s done, however, proved it will take more than a quick look to figure it out. I plan to do it, though. I’d love to have interactive puzzles on my Web site and maybe even make them available for others.
Does it seem strange that–sudokus excepted–even with puzzle software, I’m more inclined to create puzzles with my soggy noodle instead?
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