## Tuesday, December 20, 2016

### Holiday Challenge 2016

Welcome to the 2016 Holiday Challenge! This year, I offer a menu of choices—try any or all of them. Email your answers to zimblogzimblog@gmail.com.

Challenge 1

Let's play rock/paper/scissors! I have made my throw already; it's written down in a google doc. To play, just decide what your throw will be and send it in an email. (Easy, right?)

Challenge 2

Find the word CANDY in this candy cane word search. Email a photo of your solution.

Challenge 3 (quoted verbatim from Lewis Carroll)

A and B begin, at 6 a.m. on the same day, to walk along a road in the same direction, B having a start of 14 miles, and each walking from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. A walks 10 miles, at a uniform pace, the first day, 9 the second, 8 the third, and so on: B walks 2 miles, at a uniform pace, the first day, 4 the second, 6 the third, and so on. When and where are they together?

Challenge 4

Like You'd Understand, Anyway. That's the title of a 2007 book of short stories by Jim Shepard. It's an unusual title because its shortest word is four letters long. Can you think of any other published books (fiction or nonfiction) in which the shortest word in the title is at least four letters long? The more words in the title, the better.

PRIZES!

I have made a new puzzle book this year, Word Games 5I'll send a copy to:

• The first person who beats me in rock/paper/scissors on their first try;
• The first person who finds CANDY in the word search;
• The first person who solves Lewis Carroll's problem;
• The first person who sends another published book title of at least four words with each word at least four letters long.

Plus, everybody who attempts any of the challenges will be entered into a drawing to win a copy of the book.

Enjoy! Contest ends December 31st at 11:59:59 p.m. Eastern time.