I’m part of a team of puzzlers who spent most of last year writing LOTS of puzzles for the annual MIT Mystery Hunt (http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/history.html), which was this year Alice In Wonderland themed (with other Carrollian and non-Carrollian touches).
We had also noticed the call for puzzles here last June, but we were unable to participate as our writing process is very (almost comically) secretive, and the puzzles and theme were not to be revealed until the weekend of the recent Hunt.
A number of the puzzles we wrote require specific knowledge about MIT, and some aren’t strongly integrated into the theme, though they may still be of interest to you. The entire hunt, including all puzzles and solutions, can be found at the following address: http://web.mit.edu/puzzle/www/2014
If you have any further questions about specific puzzles or would like to contact the author(s) directly, please feel free to email the team leadership at firstname.lastname@example.org . Enjoy!
“Lewis Carroll’s Puzzles in Wonderland (Carlton/Metro 2013) is a bit of a misnomer. There are a few of Carroll’s original puzzles in the text, but most of them are “inspired by” (i.e., adapted to fit) the Wonderland environs, and nicely illustrated with the colored Tenniel drawings. R. W. Gallard has provided an intriguing collection of puzzles, conundrums, riddles, and brain-teasers categorized as “Easy,” “Curious,” and “Harder.”"
If you have a Carrollian puzzle-lover on your holiday gift list, this might be a book to consider!
According to The Oxford Times online, some enterprising Oxford College graduates have devised a new board game (how suitably retro!) called Dreaming Spires, in which players can create their own Oxford College–starting back in 1189 and moving forward in time from there. Characters include Oscar Wilde, JRR Tolkien, and of course, our own Lewis Carroll.
Whatever you thought of Tim Burton and Linda Woolverton’s film, if you were a fan of the visuals, you might be interested to hear that Disney has a new game app out called Alice in Wonderland: A New Champion. The app is available from the iTunes store, and you can watch the trailer right here:
If you’ve played this game, leave a comment to tell us all what you think of it!
The venerable Pollock’s Toy Shop in London offers an “Alice in Wonderland Shadowbox” featuring black-and-white images you can cut out and make into your own creative display. Their site also shows a couple of examples of finished projects. To view information and images for the Shadowbox, click me.
Pollock’s also offers a few other Carrollian items for sale. To view all of Pollock’s Alice-related offerings, click me.
As reported in the December 2012 issue of the Lewis Carroll Society (UK)’s Bandersnatch, there is a new boutique at 14 Cecil Court in London called Alice Through the Looking Glass. (It’s right next door to well-known Carrollian rare book dealer Marchpane.) The founders of the boutique say they were inspired to start the business when they learned of the recent discovery of some draft designs for an “Alice” chess set by illustrator John Tenniel. They offer a couple of picture of the expensive, limited-edition set on their web site, along with teasing images of other Alice items. Sadly there are no conversations to go along with the pictures, so after visiting their web site, if you don’t happen to be in London, you’ll have to contact them directly for more information about what they actually have for sale! But at least you can see a couple of teasing glimpses of the chess set, if you’re curious. Or curiouser.
There’s a new video game out that supposedly blends elements of both Alice and Doctor Who. In fact, it’s called The Night of the Rabbit and features a Doctor-like version of the White Rabbit as the mentor figure. The animation looks quite fun. It’s available for either Mac or PC for $20 from a web site called Steam.
Here’s a promotional trailer. If anyone owns or has played it, by all means add a comment and let us all know what you think!
“Oh Dear, How Puzzling It All Is”
I am currently editing Volume 5 in the LCSNA’s The Pamphlets of Lewis Carroll series, this one about “Games and Puzzles.” In addition to all of the relevant pamphlets, I would like to get copies of any unpublished Carroll letters and other manuscripts that mention games and puzzles, so I can cite them in the book. I would also like to cite any games and puzzles that have appeared over the years that have been inspired by Carroll’s ideas. Any information about these topics would be greatly appreciated. – Chris Morgan email@example.com
Time is fleeting! If you can help Chris, please do contact him directly as soon as possible with the details of what you have. Thanks for your contribution to Carrollian scholarship!
Here’s a treat for those of you who love to do a crossword with your tea or coffee on Sunday: Clever USC graduate student Andrew Woodham has won the 9th annual USC Libraries “Wonderland Award” by creating a crossword puzzle with an Alice in Wonderland theme. To read about the contest, and download a PDF of the puzzle to solve for yourself, click the image or click here.
This is actually the second year in a row Mr. Woodham has won the competition, a feat which, contrariwise, is a “first” in the award’s history. The contest was the brainchild of LCSNA member Linda Cassady; she and member Angelica Carpenter were among the distinguished judges for this year’s competition. Congrats to Mr. Woodham and thanks to USC and Linda for sponsoring this contest!
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