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GAMES Magazine (ISSN 0199-9788) is a United States-based magazine devoted to games and puzzles, and is published by GAMES Publications, a division of Kappa Publishing Group. It was originally published by Playboy (debuting with the September/October 1977 issue) and was briefly out of business in 1990 and 1991. The magazine was bought and brought back to life in 1991 by the mail-order company Bits & Pieces, and based in Manhattan. Kappa Publishing Group acquired it in 1996 and moved the GAMES office to Kappa's headquarters in Pennsylvania. The magazine is published ten times a year (monthly, except for January and June). ISSN, or International Standard Serial Number, is the unique eight-digit number applied to a periodical publication including electronic serials. ... A collection of magazines A magazine is a periodical publication containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising and/or purchase by readers. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... An example of a simple puzzle. ... Kappa Publishing Group, Inc. ... Classic Playboy logo. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... Official language(s) None Capital Harrisburg Largest city Philadelphia Area  Ranked 33rd  - Total 46,055 sq. ...


Throughout its publishing history, GAMES has differentiated itself from other puzzle magazines by with its creative covers that are themselves puzzles, color sections containing feature articles and games, and a large variety of puzzle types, with wit and humor used throughout. Each issue contains a feature article and puzzles in its introductory color section, the newsprint pencil puzzle section ("Pencilwise"), and, in the closing color section, board game and video games reviews. "Wild Cards" is a final section containing one or two pages of puzzle miscellany, such as word games, trivia, or chess problems. Most issues feature a puzzle-solving contest; in fact, the magazine periodically has a "hidden contest," in which part of the challenge is to find the concealed puzzle. Readers are also challenged to find the "fake advertisement" among the legitimate ones. The December issue includes a compilation of new and noteworthy games in its GAMES 100 list, similar to the German Spiel des Jahres. GAMES Magazine is a United States-based magazine devoted to games and puzzles, and is published by GAMES Publications, a division of Kappa Publishing Group. ... The Spiel des Jahres (German for Game of the Year) is arguably the most prestigious board game award for German-style board games. ...


The "Pencilwise" section forms the core of the magazine, and contains common puzzle varieties such as crosswords, cryptic crosswords, word searches, cryptograms, and math and logic puzzles. It also contains more unique puzzle types such as crossword variations, visual logic puzzles like "Paint By Numbers" and "Battleships", and a variety of other wordplay and visual puzzles. All puzzles in the magazine are ranked by difficulty: a one-star puzzle is an "Easy Hike", while three stars means "Proceed at Your Own Risk". Readers who write in with mistakes or alternate solutions to puzzles are often rewarded with a GAMES T-shirt. Readers may otherwise obtain a GAMES T-shirt by being a runner-up in a GAMES contest. The crossword is the most common variety of word puzzle in the world. ... Cryptic crosswords are a particular type of crossword which have become widely popular in the UK, and several other Commonwealth nations such as Australia, New Zealand , Canada and India. ... A word search, word seek or word sleuth puzzle is a generic word game that consists of seemingly random letters arranged in a square or rectangular grid. ... A cryptogram is a short piece of text encrypted with a simple substitution cipher in which each letter is replaced by a different letter. ... A logic puzzle is a puzzle deriving from the mathematics field of deduction. ... An example of a Paint by Numbers puzzle. ... The Battleship puzzle is a type of puzzle game somewhat based on the Battleship guessing game. ... T-Shirt A T-shirt (or tee shirt) is a shirt with short or long sleeves, a round neck, put on over the head, without pockets. ...


GAMES Publications also publishes GAMES World of Puzzles (ISSN 1074-4355) on a bimonthly basis. This magazine is similar to an extended "Pencilwise" section of GAMES Magazine. It also contains a contest in every issue, most often a variety crossword or trivia quiz. Spinoff of Games Magazine focusing solely on puzzles. ...


Bygone sister publications of GAMES include The Four-Star Puzzler (1981-1983), GAMES Special Edition (late 1980s-1990), GAMES Premium Puzzles (early 1990s), and Pencilwise Extra (also early 1990s). Children's magazines put out by GAMES were GAMES Junior (1987-1990) and Zigzag (mid-1990s). GAMES has also published a number of books containing "best-of" puzzle collections.


Will Shortz, the editor of GAMES Magazine from 1989 to 1993, is currently editor of The New York Times crossword puzzle. Will Shortz (b. ... The New York Times is a newspaper published in New York City by Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. ...


See also

Easy Cross Sums puzzle The Cross Sums is a very common type of logic puzzle that is often referred to as a mathematical transliteration of the crossword. ... 3rd Edition of the Retail Alphabet Game. ... Moderately difficult Nurikabe puzzle (solution) Nurikabe is a binary determination puzzle. ...

External links

  • Official website
  • "Second Time Around - relaunching of Games Magazine" -- 1992 Folio Magazine article on the bankruptcy and relaunch of the periodical

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GAMES Magazine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (561 words)
GAMES Magazine (ISSN 0199-9788) is a United States-based magazine devoted to games and puzzles, and is published by GAMES Publications, a division of Kappa Publishing Group.
The magazine was bought and brought back to life in 1991 by the mail-order company Bits and Pieces, and based in Manhattan.
Throughout its publishing history, GAMES has differentiated itself from other puzzle magazines by with its creative covers that are themselves puzzles, color sections containing feature articles and games, and a large variety of puzzle types, with wit and humor used throughout.
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