Blog Archives

Top 10 facts about puzzles

NOT only is tomorrow the centenary of the world’s first crossword, published in the New York Times on December 21, 1913, but Nintendo have just launched the final game in their Professor Layton puzzle series 1. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the origin of the word ‘puzzle’ is a bit of a puzzle. But the verb ‘to puzzle’ seems older than the noun ‘puzzle’. 2. The oldest known puzzle is a dissection of a square mentioned by Archimedes around 250BC. 3. Archimedes asked how many solutions there were. The answer of 536 was only found in 2003. 4. Jigsaw puzzles were invented by the English mapmaker and geographer John Spilsbury in 1760. 5. A 40,000-piece jigsaw was completed by Dave Evans in April 2013, but it collapsed the next day. 6. A 1,141,800-piece puzzle was put together by 15,000 people in Ravensburg, Germany in 2008. 7. The world record for

Tagged with: , , , , ,

Keeping Your Brain Active: 10 Tips For Improving Your Brain

The other day I was listening to an interview on National Public Radio with Dean Oshler who has just written a book called From Square One: A Meditation, with Digressions, on Crosswords. During the interview I was surprised to hear Mr. Oshler challenge the widely held belief that regularly doing crossword puzzles is good for your brain fitness and can help stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Oshler’s problem with crossword solving is twofold: first, he believes the clinical data showing an advantage for puzzlers is both weak and only observational (“[The researcher] never said that there was a cause-and-effect relationship. He said there was a correlation. Maybe it just so happens that people who are mentally fit have a tendency to want to do crosswords in the first place”); second, we need variety in our mental exercise (“[Crosswords are] kind of the same activity over and over again. But the Alzheimer’s

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Exodus

Beat the clock to turn the lock! Exodus Escape Room is a real life adventure game where you are locked in a room. The goal is simple – you have 60 minutes to work together with other players, crack codes and solve ciphers to escape. Spend one action-packed hour at Exodus Escape Room. Work on puzzles, solve clues and work in a team to escape. The real life adventure game has been designed for small groups of 2-14 people and each game has a different number of allowable players. A tip? Explore your surroundings, be observant and rely on your critical thinking skills to escape.Beat the clock to turn the lock! Exodus Escape Room is a real life adventure game where you are locked in a room. The goal is simple – you have 60 minutes to work together with other players, crack codes and solve ciphers to escape. Spend

Sherlock’s Study

Recommended for 2-8 (Private Parties up to 10) Do you have the detective prowess of Sherlock Holmes to escape the room? Sherlock Holmes was famous for his investigative skills. What appears to others as chaos, however, is to Holmes a wealth of useful information. Join forces with Holmes to bring down a fierce adversary who threatens all of London. Book Room ›

Tagged with: , , ,

Trap Room

Recommended for 2-8 You are trapped in the horrifying torture dungeon where unspeakable acts of torture occur at the hands of Billy The Butcher. Use your senses to work together and escape the room before it is too late Book Room ›

Tagged with: , , , ,

Masquerade Mayhem

Recommended for 4-8 Opens January 1, 2015

Tagged with: , , , ,