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Old 11-01-2014, 09:38 AM
SparklyMe02 SparklyMe02 is offline
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Default Can we know what the puzzle is about before we start it?

Is there a way to know the title/what the puzzle is about before we start it?
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Old 11-01-2014, 11:57 AM
zenobia43 zenobia43 is offline
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The backstory, option labels, and clues are carefully guarded secrets until the puzzle is displayed (and the clock starts ticking).

There are several things that you know before the puzzle is displayed.

You select the number of categories and the number of options per category.

You also select the estimated level of difficulty.

So if you select a 3x4 Easy, there will be 3 categories and 4 options for each category. The logic required to solve the puzzle will be as easy as it gets on this site.

You also know that the upper left category with labels on the far left (not on top) is the "ordering" category. This category is referred to in the clues that use comparative terms like "greater than", "later than", "older", "more than", etc. And the increment will be constant from row to row (thanks PB).

You know ahead of time that the labels will be sorted alphabetically and numerically.

That's more than you asked about, but even though the puzzle backstory, labels, and clues are held secret before the clock starts running, you really know a lot about the puzzle beforehand.

There is an excellent tutorial at:

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Old 11-02-2014, 06:05 PM
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Dessa Dessa is offline
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I'm with the OP. The only chance you have to read the flavor text (the text description) of the puzzle is to waste time reading it, because as soon as you complete the puzzle and submit your answer, it auto-forwards you to the solving statistics page.

The flavor text should either be displayed on the page before you start, or the page after you finish. There aren't any clues in it, so it's not like it would help you solve it by knowing the text beforehand.
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Old 11-03-2014, 08:57 AM
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The text used to show before you began the puzzle. However, it was dropped after reports of cheating popped up.
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Old 11-03-2014, 03:51 PM
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I posted about this before and there should be a poll option see this thread:

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