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17 December 2015 @ 02:00 am
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If your brain needs a little break, run, don't walk, to the nearest Google window and play the Beethoven game! I used it as a test of sight reading skills, but there are little play buttons on each of the music snippets if you don't play anything or sing. Terrific fun and only takes a couple of minutes max.

If your brain wants to be tied up in knots for much, much longer, try the GCHQ Director's Christmas card. I do puzzles as part of my work, so could legitimately try and work my way through the steps during work hours -- the only joy at all this month. The first one is actually easy, just time consuming (SPOILER!! it's a simple logic puzzle, start by counting out the knowns listed for each set and fill in the 25s), part two has me stuck partfway through. 1 and 3 of Part two were super easy, 2 harder, and 4 I just cannot find the key to it, but am determined to avoid spoilers. You can find a link to the puzzle in this story http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/12045768/Stuck-on-the-GCHQ-puzzle-Let-us-help.html, which does include spoilers, but it has a link to the puzzle set before you get to them (you can sort of see the first one, but I'd already done that and have already spoiled you above, and look, it's hardly rocket science).

I've seen a screengrab of one of the later ones and I have absolutely no idea. I feel Christmas will be spent shouting in frustration ;-)
khalulukhalulu on December 16th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
"Beethoven game" gets me lots of kids' games about a large dog - is there a more a more specific name?

I looked at the first of the other puzzles and have no idea so i may have to use your spoiler.

blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 16th, 2015 08:58 pm (UTC)
It's the Google Doodle for today!
valkyrie17valkyrie17 on December 19th, 2015 04:27 am (UTC)
The Beethoven game was great. I phoned people who don't go on the computer every day, but who like classical music, and directed them to it.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on December 21st, 2015 02:28 pm (UTC)
It was so much fun! I got all of them bar one just by sight reading, but there was one that I lost my mind on and had to sit there singing while checking the bars against it. I want to do it again, but have still miles to go on the GCHQ puzzle!