Kenken is as addictive as Mr. Shortz says. I know, because I am an addict (albeit a happy one.)
I don't know of any other activity that can help people get a sense for numbers as well as playing Kenken. I've put up several hours of video tutorials about it at http://mathmojo.com/kenken
I hope every teacher and parent gives this puzzle a try, and introduces it to their students/children. They'll be doing them a huge favor (as long as they don't spoil it by grading them on it!)
I've been wondering if Will Shortz is familiar with FreeRice (freerice.com), the online vocabulary game that gives 10 grains of rice for each correct answer to a UN anti-hunger program. They've had to cut that from 20 grains because corporations have cut back on ads at the site (which fund the rice donations), & I've thinking that a tournament might be a good way to get more sponsors & raise the game's profile, which could get more people playing, which could attract more sponsors--in addition to the fact that the tournament would give a lot of rice itself!
But I don't know anything about putting a tournament together. Or whether this game's structure lends itself to a tournament at all. Would Will be interested in looking into this possibility?
#1) Can you ask your guest about how crossword puzzles are generated today, and how that may have changed? And, why are they usually symmetrical?
#2) Puzzler - how do the excessive salary levels of WNYC executives (not journalists) fit in with the mission and ethos of *public* radio?As a sustaining member, I urge all fellow listeners to support WNYC, but register your protest against excessive salary levels of WNYC's top executives!
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