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Oh Hey, Here I Am
July 20th, 2011
03:05 pm

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This bit of puzzle design philosophy popped into my head during a conversation with thatwesguy  this weekend, and I wanted to get it down so I wouldn't forget it:

All things equal, a puzzle that is reasonably solvable without Internet research is more satisfying than one that isn't.

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From:jeffurrynpl
Date:July 20th, 2011 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Absolutely, 100%, yes.
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From:thatwesguy
Date:July 23rd, 2011 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Something else you said is still rattling around my cranium, doing good: it is useful to think of the puzzler's mind as a loose wire mesh, through which most things pass without an effect on that mind. But get a few facts or ideas lodged in the webbing, and suddenly things begin to stick much more easily, a process that continues.

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