In doing the Christmas shopping last year, we found a similar toy called “Perplexus.” Considerably more complicated, and beautiful in its design and manufacturing execution, it works on the same idea: manipulate a little ball around by tilting and tapping the big ball. I got one for Sabers, but I spent as much time with it as he did.
You can guess what’s next. As I was about to go pay for my purchases, I did a quick pass by the toy tables. There, for just $2.50, was the Perplexus Epic. More obstacles than the original, and even more diabolical. After a couple of evenings, I’ve reached step 49. 76 to go, but I’m not so obsessed with it as to forget the The Nation puzzle though.
Link to puzzle: http://www.thenation.com/article/204993/puzzle-no-3360
Degree of difficulty (by standards of this weekly puzzle): hard. I couldn’t get started up top initially, so I started at the bottom right and worked back to the top left.
Agility factor: high. A Spoonerism and several other clues that require more playfulness, and some other clues where the definition isn’t where you might initially think it is.
Back with the solution on Monday. In the meantime, how about cluing the word PERPLEX? Share your clues in the comment section.