Monday, August 21, 2017

Extra Word Sudoku Puzzles (Eclipse!) for Monday, 8/21/2017

The central, dark image shows the total eclipse March 9, 2016, with the central pupil created by the Sun covered by a dark Moon. Faint structures in the Sun’s corona extend outwards from this disk with the corona imaged in white light. These structures were aligned with the false-colored observations of the Sun from NASA and ESA’s space-based, Sun-orbiting, Solar and Heliospheric Observatory SOHO. The disk is blocked artificially to see the extended corona.
Courtesy NASA, from https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/central-dark-image-shows-total-eclipse

Today’s the day! I can’t wait. Please be safe on the roads if you’re viewing the eclipse away from home; don’t try to head back home right after the eclipse. Emergency response professionals fear that hundreds of thousands of people are going to do that. If you do, you could be sitting for a very long time in a cosmic traffic jam.

Wear your eclipse glasses throughout the eclipse while the sun is still visible! The only time you can look straight at this spectacle is for the few moments of actual totality. The rest of the time, you must wear eye protection. Sunglasses and welder’s glass are not sufficient protection: Wear only certified eclipse glasses.

The past few days, I’ve presented you some extra Hidden Word Sudoku puzzles spelling out synonyms of ECLIPSE or words related to it. Today’s extra puzzles help you identify which planets and stars you’ll be able to see for about two minutes in the middle of the day, when the eclipse has reached totality.

SPACER
6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled cells contains the letters in the word exactly once

MUTINY
6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled cells contains the letters in the word exactly once
Copy circled letters to the corresponding numbered cells in the quote grid to spell out the planets you might see today


PARSEC
6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled cells contains the letters in the word exactly once

GUILTS
6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled cells contains the letters in the word exactly once
Copy circled letters to the corresponding numbered cells in the quote grid to spell out the stars you might see today


Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

New Word Sudoku Puzzles for Monday, 8/21/2017

AUG + Q
4x4 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x2 square contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells across the shaded row

AUG + CHE
6x6 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x3 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

Solutions to yesterday’s extra (eclipse) Word Sudoku puzzles

Yesterday's 6x6, 8x8 and 9x9 Hidden Word Sudoku puzzles were based on the letters in DO RUSH, AMBER PUN and FACE BOUTS, respectively (SHROUD, PENUMBRA and OBFUSCATE).



A new puzzle in a bit.

Thanks,
--Dave

Solutions to the Sunday Punnish Word Sudoku Puzzles

Yesterday’s Qudoku puzzle set spelled out a never die pun.




New puzzles shortly.

Thanks,
--Dave

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Extra Word Sudoku Puzzles (Eclipse!) for Sunday, 8/20/2017

Series of images showing the progress of a total eclipse. The central image of totality was taken by Phil Hart in Australia in 2012
Credit: Romeo Durscher and Phil Hart, from https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/progress-total-eclipse

Tomorrow’s the total eclipse across the U.S.! For the past few days, I’ve been presenting you with a few extra puzzles based on words that are either related to the word ECLIPSE or synonyms of it.

DO RUSH
6x6 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x3 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

AMBER PUN
8x8 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x4 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

FACE BOUTS
9x9 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 3x3 square contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

New Word Sudoku (Punnish Sudoku) Puzzles for Sunday, 8/20/2017

Old funeral directors never die, they just go underground.

Like Saturday Swifties, Sunday puns want you to groan out loud. They…never die.

BOAR
4x4 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x2 square and set of circled cells contains these letters exactly once

WEFT
4x4 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x2 square and set of circled cells contains these letters exactly once

HYMN
4x4 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x2 square and set of circled cells contains these letters exactly once
Copy circled letters to the corresponding numbered cells in the quote grid to spell out the pun

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

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Solutions to yesterday’s extra (eclipse) Word Sudoku puzzles

Yesterday's 6x6 and 8x8 Hidden Word Sudoku puzzles were based on the letters in HOW SAD and CAR STOVE, respectively (SHADOW and OVERCAST).


A new puzzle in a bit.

Thanks,
--Dave

Solutions to the Saturday Swifty Word Sudoku Puzzles

Yesterday’s Qudoku puzzle set spelled out an adverbial pun known as a Tom Swifty.




The Sunday Punnish Word Sudoku in a few hours.

Thanks,
--Dave

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Extra Word Sudoku Puzzles (Eclipse!) for Saturday, 8/19/2017


Eclipse shadow from the Mir space station during a solar eclipse Aug. 11, 1999
courtesy NASA, from https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-shadow-space

In the remaining days before Monday’s eclipse, I’ll present you with a few extra puzzles based on words that are either related to the word ECLIPSE or synonyms of it. Visit https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html and http://www.americaneclipse2017.org/ for more info on the eclipse.

HOW SAD
6x6 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x3 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

CAR STOVE
8x8 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x4 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

New Word Sudoku (Swifty Sudoku!) Puzzles for Saturday, 8/19/2017

Look out for that bird!" cried Tom, ducking.

A Tom Swifty is an adverbial pun simultaneously describing the speaker and the speaker's statement. The name comes from the Tom Swift book series for young readers. The authors were roundly criticized for overusing adverbs and descriptive phrases, so that Tom rarely said anything without a qualifying adverb. (The fact that they did this on purpose, to make the books laugh-out-loud funny to read, didn't blunt the criticism.) A Tom Swifty pun is a parody of this style—no longer related to Tom at all—that will make you groan out loud.

GOTCHA
6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled cells contains the letters in the word exactly once

FIBERS
6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled cells contains the letters in the word exactly once

WINDUP
6x6 Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, 2x3 rectangle and set of circled cells contains the letters in the word exactly once
Copy circled letters to the corresponding numbered cells in the quote grid to spell out the Tom Swifty

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

Solutions to yesterday’s extra (eclipse) Word Sudoku puzzles

Yesterday's 6x6 and 8x8 Hidden Word Sudoku puzzles were based on the letters in EAT, RUN and CURB DOSE, respectively (NATURE and OBSCURED).


A new puzzle in a few hours.

Thanks,
--Dave

Solutions to Friday's Word Sudoku Puzzles

Yesterday's 5x5 Hidden Word Sudoku puzzle was based on the letters AUG + RS (SUGAR) and the 7x7 Diagonal/Hidden Word Sudoku puzzle was based on the letters AUG + NOT B (GUNBOAT).


The Saturday Swifty in a few hours.

Thanks,
--Dave

Friday, August 18, 2017

Extra Word Sudoku Puzzles (Eclipse!) for Friday, 8/18/2017


Total eclipse Mar. 20, 2015 at Svalbard, Norway
credit: S. Habbal, M. Druckmüller and P. Aniol, from https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/total-solar-eclipse

In the remaining days before Monday’s total eclipse across the U.S., I’ll present you with a few extra puzzles based on words that are either related to the word ECLIPSE or synonyms of it.

EAT, RUN
6x6 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x3 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

CURB DOSE
8x8 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x4 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

New Word Sudoku Puzzles for Friday, 8/18/2017

AUG + RS
5x5 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and enclosed shape contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the shaded column

AUG + NOT B
7x7 Diagonal/Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column, diagonal and enclosed shape contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells left-to-right up the diagonal

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave

Solutions to yesterday’s extra (eclipse) Word Sudoku puzzles

Yesterday's 6x6 and 8x8 Hidden Word Sudoku puzzles were based on the letters in RANKED and SHOE UNIT, respectively (DARKEN and OUTSHINE).


A new set of puzzles in a few hours.

Thanks,
--Dave

Solution to Thursday's Word Sudoku Puzzle

Yesterday's 10x10 Hidden Word Sudoku puzzle was based on the letters AUG + SPIN RED (PERSUADING).

New puzzles in a bit.

Thanks,
--Dave

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Extra Word Sudoku Puzzles (Eclipse!) for Thursday, 8/17/2017


The United States during the coming Aug. 21, 2017 total solar eclipse, with the umbra (black oval), penumbra (concentric shaded ovals), and path of totality (red).credit: Goddard Science Visualization Studio, NASA, from https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-2017-still-image-animation 
(View the animation at https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/4515)


This coming Monday, Aug. 21, The United States will experience a total eclipse. Visit https://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/eclipse.html and http://www.americaneclipse2017.org/ to see interactive graphics and a great deal more explanation.

My home will see something like 99.2% totality. But I’ll be in the middle of the path of totality for my day job, so I’ll experience the full 100%. Astronomy aficionados say the difference between 99% and 100% is…infinity!

With something close to 100 million Americans within a day’s drive of the path of totality, there will be LOTS of people who think of this as a “game day,” like a college football game or a major league baseball game—just pop in that morning, see the celestial spectacle, and then head back home right afterwards.

BAD IDEA!

With the huge crowds expected to attempt the same bad planning, you could instead experience a cosmic traffic jam.

Instead: Plan. All across the U.S., you’ll hear your state transportation departments echoing the same advice:
Arrive early; stay put; leave late.
Treat this 3-hour event like a 3-DAY event.

In the remaining days before Monday’s eclipse, I’ll present you with a few extra puzzles based on words that are either related to the word ECLIPSE or synonyms of it.

RANKED
6x6 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x3 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

SHOE UNIT
8x8 Hidden Word Sudoku Puzzle
Each row, column and 2x4 rectangle contains these letters exactly once
The hidden word spells down the diagonal

Solutions first thing in the morning.

Thanks,
--Dave