Pavel Curtis is creating Logic Puzzles
95

patrons

$276
per Ænigma
Every month since November 2013, I have produced an original, one-page logic puzzle (or “ænigma”) that's designed to yield a one-word answer.  Aside from their well-earned joy of accomplishment, successful solvers also receive other rewards: they can use the correct answer to get a discount at the Pavel's Puzzles website, and they can be entered into a monthly random drawing for a free physical puzzle!

Adalogical Ænigmas are unabashedly difficult, but fair: there is always a logical way to proceed (even if it's not always immediately evident) and it's never necessary to pursue a long, tedious, backtracking approach.  At the bookstore/cafe in Seattle where the series originated, they typically printed 600-900 copies a month and got 25-75 solutions redeemed. Solvers justifiably take great pride in fighting their way through to a solution, and there's a brisk informal competition to be the first each month to do so.

Stylistically, the puzzles are also charmingly presented. Each one features a letter ostensibly written by Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, and oft-reputed first computer programmer. She explains what inspired her to create that month's ænigma, what the rules are, and, once solved, how to extract the final answer. Ada's personality shines through every month, and many solvers cite her writing style as one of the reasons the series is so addictive.

To add just a little extra fun, almost every month the puzzle includes one or more “Easter Eggs:” short, thematic messages hidden either within the puzzle itself or elsewhere on the page. There's a tiny number, enclosed in an egg shape, written in the lower-right corner of the page; that number (the only hint on the page that there are Easter eggs) tells solvers how many eggs there are to find.

Earlier, I mentioned that the Adalogical Ænigma series was originally paid for by a Seattle bookstore.  They eventually felt the need to retarget those resources for other projects, leaving the series without support.  I am approaching other brick-and-mortar shops across the country, but in the harsh realities of today's retail world, it is difficult for most to afford the licensing fees required to make the Ænigma's production economically viable.

Regardless, I truly love Ada and her ænigmas, and I'm grateful to the many people who've told me how much they've enjoyed solving these puzzles.  I am therefore reaching out, via this wonderful Patreon platform, to solvers everywhere: please help keep this fun and rewarding tradition alive!
Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Ænigma
25 patrons
Thank you so much for supporting the Adalogical Ænigma series!
Pledge $2 or more per Ænigma
42 patrons
My sincere thanks, plus:
  • You get early access to each month's ænigma, delivered by email just as soon as it's ready!  Typically, that means you'll see it between one day and one week before anyone else (depending on how close I'm cutting it that month).  However early it is, though, you won't have to remember to go looking for it, because it'll already be in your in-box!
Pledge $5 or more per Ænigma
22 patrons
My sincere thanks, early access to each month's ænigma (as described above), plus:
  • You'll be listed among my super-patrons on the Adalogical Ænigma website! You can be listed in any way you like (within the bounds of space and propriety, of course) and I'll even hyperlink your name to your chosen website if you wish.
Pledge $10 or more per Ænigma
5 patrons
My sincere thanks, credit on the website, plus:
  • I will add you to the Adalogical Ænigma test-solving mailing list! That's right, you'll see each month's ænigma right after I finish the first draft, warts and all, and get the opportunity to test-solve it and give me feedback before it's finalized. You'll also have access to my monthly test-solving wrap-up message, sent to all of the testers who responded that month, summing up all of the feedback and what I did (or didn't do) as a result.
Pledge $20 or more per Ænigma
0 of 5 patrons
My sincere thanks, credit on the website, membership on the test-solving mailing list, plus:
  • One time per year, I will include the name or short message of your choice as an Easter Egg in one month's ænigma! Almost every month, the ænigma includes one or more secret messages, hidden somewhere on the page. Often, they're only accessible after the solver has completed the grid, but sometimes they're placed sneakily somewhere else on the page. When you fund the series at this level, I'll ask you to send me your chosen Easter Egg text. Each month, I'll look for an opportunity to include one or more of the patrons' messages. (It's not always possible at all, or there may be some special constraints on what I can put in an egg that month, which is why there's a low limit on how many patrons I can accommodate at this level.)
Goals
$276 of $300 per Ænigma
At this level of funding, I will commission guest constructors to create an extra puzzle once every two months!

Each guest puzzle (or Ænigmatic Addendum) will revisit one of the types that Ada used in some earlier ænigma (possibly with some minor variation), to give you another chance to exercise the deductive skills you developed for the original!
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Every month since November 2013, I have produced an original, one-page logic puzzle (or “ænigma”) that's designed to yield a one-word answer.  Aside from their well-earned joy of accomplishment, successful solvers also receive other rewards: they can use the correct answer to get a discount at the Pavel's Puzzles website, and they can be entered into a monthly random drawing for a free physical puzzle!

Adalogical Ænigmas are unabashedly difficult, but fair: there is always a logical way to proceed (even if it's not always immediately evident) and it's never necessary to pursue a long, tedious, backtracking approach.  At the bookstore/cafe in Seattle where the series originated, they typically printed 600-900 copies a month and got 25-75 solutions redeemed. Solvers justifiably take great pride in fighting their way through to a solution, and there's a brisk informal competition to be the first each month to do so.

Stylistically, the puzzles are also charmingly presented. Each one features a letter ostensibly written by Augusta Ada King (1815-1852), Countess of Lovelace, daughter of poet Lord Byron, and oft-reputed first computer programmer. She explains what inspired her to create that month's ænigma, what the rules are, and, once solved, how to extract the final answer. Ada's personality shines through every month, and many solvers cite her writing style as one of the reasons the series is so addictive.

To add just a little extra fun, almost every month the puzzle includes one or more “Easter Eggs:” short, thematic messages hidden either within the puzzle itself or elsewhere on the page. There's a tiny number, enclosed in an egg shape, written in the lower-right corner of the page; that number (the only hint on the page that there are Easter eggs) tells solvers how many eggs there are to find.

Earlier, I mentioned that the Adalogical Ænigma series was originally paid for by a Seattle bookstore.  They eventually felt the need to retarget those resources for other projects, leaving the series without support.  I am approaching other brick-and-mortar shops across the country, but in the harsh realities of today's retail world, it is difficult for most to afford the licensing fees required to make the Ænigma's production economically viable.

Regardless, I truly love Ada and her ænigmas, and I'm grateful to the many people who've told me how much they've enjoyed solving these puzzles.  I am therefore reaching out, via this wonderful Patreon platform, to solvers everywhere: please help keep this fun and rewarding tradition alive!

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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per Ænigma
25 patrons
Thank you so much for supporting the Adalogical Ænigma series!
Pledge $2 or more per Ænigma
42 patrons
My sincere thanks, plus:
  • You get early access to each month's ænigma, delivered by email just as soon as it's ready!  Typically, that means you'll see it between one day and one week before anyone else (depending on how close I'm cutting it that month).  However early it is, though, you won't have to remember to go looking for it, because it'll already be in your in-box!
Pledge $5 or more per Ænigma
22 patrons
My sincere thanks, early access to each month's ænigma (as described above), plus:
  • You'll be listed among my super-patrons on the Adalogical Ænigma website! You can be listed in any way you like (within the bounds of space and propriety, of course) and I'll even hyperlink your name to your chosen website if you wish.
Pledge $10 or more per Ænigma
5 patrons
My sincere thanks, credit on the website, plus:
  • I will add you to the Adalogical Ænigma test-solving mailing list! That's right, you'll see each month's ænigma right after I finish the first draft, warts and all, and get the opportunity to test-solve it and give me feedback before it's finalized. You'll also have access to my monthly test-solving wrap-up message, sent to all of the testers who responded that month, summing up all of the feedback and what I did (or didn't do) as a result.
Pledge $20 or more per Ænigma
0 of 5 patrons
My sincere thanks, credit on the website, membership on the test-solving mailing list, plus:
  • One time per year, I will include the name or short message of your choice as an Easter Egg in one month's ænigma! Almost every month, the ænigma includes one or more secret messages, hidden somewhere on the page. Often, they're only accessible after the solver has completed the grid, but sometimes they're placed sneakily somewhere else on the page. When you fund the series at this level, I'll ask you to send me your chosen Easter Egg text. Each month, I'll look for an opportunity to include one or more of the patrons' messages. (It's not always possible at all, or there may be some special constraints on what I can put in an egg that month, which is why there's a low limit on how many patrons I can accommodate at this level.)