Puzzle #67 Solution and Puzzle #68, “Men of Letters”


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Last week’s puzzle, “Tree Rings,” asked for a type of tree. The idea was that each of the “rings” (the letter O) in the grid was located at the center of a tree, like the growth rings in a real tree trunk:

That’s six “rings” where the two crossing entries can be combined to spell:

PONDEROSA
LODGEPOLE
KNOBCONE
OREGON
SOUTHERN YELLOW
LOBLOLLY

Those are all types of PINE trees. (Things I learned making this puzzle: Oregon Pine is another name for what’s better known as a Douglas Fir – even though it isn’t really a fir, it’s a pine after all! Also, Loblolly and Southern Yellow are pretty much the same thing – Southern Yellow seems to be a lumber industry term which can refer to several species, Loblolly among them.)

Up next is puzzle #68, “Men of Letters.”

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The answer to the metapuzzle is a writer best known for children’s books. Submit your answer using the contact form by 11 pm Pacific Time on Monday, July 13. I’ll publish a new puzzle next Tuesday.

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