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A Gogen Puzzle I Created Myself

Posted: Sun 05 Jul, 2020 10:22 am
by Andrew Reid
For those of you who have never done a Gogen puzzle, I created this one.
If it takes you much more than 10 or 20 minutes, you are probably doing it wrong:

Re: A Gogen Puzzle I Created Myself

Posted: Sun 05 Jul, 2020 7:46 pm
by pinkagape
Thank you.

I like Gogen. I’m a little surprised I’ve never seen it in a puzzling event.

Re: A Gogen Puzzle I Created Myself

Posted: Fri 20 Nov, 2020 11:23 pm
by Andrew Reid
As you suggest, gogen puzzles are not often seen.
As far as I am aware, you only get them in the London Evening Standard and the UK Daily Mail.
There are also a couple of apps on Google Play.
I have never tried them as I don't have an Android device but I understand that one app has less than 100 puzzles and the other has just over 600.
You can buy books of gogen puzzles on Amazon but only a proportion of the clues are real words.
Gogens like that are easy to produce but I don't find them much fun to solve.
Gogens using real word clues are much more difficult to create.
The reason for this is that there are a limited number of real words and creating a puzzle with a unique solution using a maximum of 12 real word clues requires some trial and error.
I can, for example, create a sudoku puzzle in a second or so, using a program I wrote myself.
I can also create a variety of other puzzle types in a similar fashion with relatively simple programming.
I publish these puzzles for free on a blog.
Creating a real word gogen puzzle, on the other hand, takes me a couple of hours so giving them away is not an option.
I recently started publishing my gogen puzzles on Patreon with the idea of charging people £1 to see them but, as you can imagine, getting money from people by selling puzzles on the Internet is a bit like getting blood from a stone.
I allow newspaper editors to copy and reprint these puzzles so if you would like to see some more, perhaps you could try persuading the editor of your local free publication to sponsor me.