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Pants-rank: Comparing Apples, Oranges with Google Trends

Friday, May 18th, 2018

I was recently talking to another puzzle maven, and the subject of how I measure the demand for specific logic puzzles came up. I’m interested in puzzle demand because it helps inform the choices I make when I add new puzzles to the website. It occurred to me that my methods may not be as […]

Star Battle: Oh my gosh they’re full of stars!

Saturday, May 12th, 2018

The latest addition to my puzzle menagerie is STAR BATTLE, a newish (well, 21st century, at least) puzzle that was originally created by Hans Eendebak for the 2003 World Puzzle Championship. If you like Suguru you will probably find these fairly easy to get into, as they are somewhat similar. But instead of placing numbers, […]

Celebrity Prayer Candle Rankings, 2018

Friday, March 2nd, 2018

Celebrity rankings, based on the number of prayer candles for sale on Etsy, 2018 EDITION 1. Tupac Shakur 2. BeyoncĂ© Kanye West 3. David Bowie Princess Leia / Carrie Fisher 4. Dolly Parton Harry Styles 5. Britney Spears Notorious Biggy Smalls Lana Del Ray 6. Drake Kim Kardashian 7. Leo DiCaprio Snoop Dogg Lady Gaga […]

Books, books and more books

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

I started publishing print-on-demand puzzle books a few months ago, and I’m now up to 22 books. Yay! The latest are four volumes of Killer Sudoku, available in Large Print and 4-per-page. The most popular, at the moment, are the “Tough Kakuro” and the “Stupendous Suguru” books. The easiest way to find my books is […]

Topple puzzle magazine

Tuesday, December 19th, 2017

Looking for a little more variety in your daily puzzle consumption? Gregory Gray wrote to tell me about his indie puzzle magazine, Topple. Each issue costs a buck to download and print yourself, and there is a very wide variety of puzzles, many with illustrations which remind me a bit of the Sam Loyd Cyclopedia, […]

Through the Looking Glass

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

Part 7. Through the Looking Glass This is one of a series of posts about my health/fitness journey. The first one is here. It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these, so here’s a quick update. It’s late February, 2017. I’ve been hovering around 180 pounds (plus or minus 3 pounds) since early […]

Serpentomino Puzzles for Christmas

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

There’s a snake in my inbox! Bulgarian puzzle constructor Galen Ivanov sent me two collections of interesting new puzzles, Serpentominos, of his own design, which I’m passing on to you, as a Krazydad Christmas present. These puzzles share some characteristics with Pentominos, Dominos and similar mathematical recreations, and are quite different from the Sudoku and […]

Celebrity Prayer Candle Rankings, 2016

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

Celebrity rankings, based on the number of prayer candles for sale on Etsy, 2016 EDITION 1. David Bowie 2. Drake 3. Prince Britney Spears Adele 4. Virgin Mary Lana Del Rey Krampus Dolly Parton Angel 5. Rihanna Neil deGrasse Tyson Marilyn Monroe Leonardo DiCaprio Kim Kardashian Kanye West Hillary Clinton 6. Zombie Golden Girls Tina […]

Weight loss recipes

Friday, December 2nd, 2016

So I’m still down about 65 pounds, currently fluctuation between 179 and 183 lbs most days. I survived Thanksgiving and my birthday, both in near proximity, gaining and losing about 4 lbs over a week. A lot of folks have asked “what plan I’m on”. I’m not really on a plan, just a system of […]

Tree Growing

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

My surname, Bumgardner, which comes in a variety of spellings (Bumgarner, Baumgartner, Burgrade (!), Bungarner, Baumgart, and so on) means “Tree Grower” or “Orchard Farmer”. I’ve known this for a long time, and have often taken some delight that my profession, which involves weaving and growing elaborate data structures, is a form of tree growing. […]