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Word Scramble, Split Decisions and Symbolic Math

Challenging puzzles in three genres


Karen Richards ’87 was an editor at Games magazine and has published puzzle books with Random House, Sterling Publishing, and Workman, among others. Currently a freelance reporter, writer, and artist, she works part time with KLCC, the Eugene, Oregon-based NPR station. Her favorite animal is the moose.

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An industrial engineering major on the Hill, Fred Piscop ’70 has been a full-time crossword constructor since 1995. He has published numerous crossword books as well as a guide to solving cryptics. He creates custom puzzles for private clients, is a longtime constructor for Newsday, and creates a weekly puzzle for In Touch. Currently the crossword editor at USA Today, he held similar roles at the Washington Post Magazine and Universal Uclick. He is a regular constructor at the New York Times, where he pens monthly “bonus” crosswords and Split Decisions puzzles. A former professional keyboardist, he still attends local jam sessions twice a week.

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Scott Miller, PhD ’98 is CTO and vice president of engineering at Kionix, Inc., an Ithaca-based global manufacturer of sensors, accelerometers, and gyroscopes. He holds a BS in physics from Purdue and a doctorate in applied and engineering physics from Cornell, and is a co-inventor on eleven U.S. patents. He lives in Cayuga Heights with his wife, CAM senior editor Beth Saulnier, and their greyhound.

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Hints and solutions

Word Scramble

For the solution to the longest word (#6), click here

Solve for Nye

For a way to derive the answer, click here

Solve for Sagan

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