December 20th, 2007
As part of our family's Christmas traditions, my parents always put together a jigsaw puzzle every December 25th+. In honor of that tradition, I thought I'd post a fun "puzzle" that I made...
I'm an avid fan of Ken Jennings's blog. Every week he usually posts a few puzzles for his fellow trivia nerds. Back in August, he re-introduced the Pic Tac Toe. To quote Ken: "Back in the 1980s, Games magazine ran an occasional feature called Pic-Tac-Toe. The premise was simple: nine images were arranged in a 3×3 grid. Each row, column, and diagonal of the grid had some theme in common. Through careful examination of the nine images, and sometimes a little lateral thinking, the solver was to identify the eight themes."
So, you've gotta find out the common theme for each row, column and diagonal:
(By the way, if you don't see any pics on this blog entry, it's because you're using an old version of Internet Explorer. Update now, or---even better---start using Mozilla Firefox.)
Anyhow, I've decided to take my own stab at creating a Pic Tac Toe, so here it is (click each image to view the larger image):
NOTE: Please don't put your answers in as comments on this blog. I don't want one early bird blog reader to get them all before anyone else has a chance. So, submit your answers to me via email, IM or phone. You're also welcome to ask me for hints.
I hope you have fun! It was pretty hard to put together but I think it's an easy-ish puzzle.
P.S. For more Pic Tac Toe puzzles:
- Ken Jennings's first
- His second one (and my favorite)
- Shakespeare Teacher does a lot of them
- Another by Shakesepare Teacher
- A 3-D Pic Tac Toe by Shakespeare Teacher
- One by Brevity
- A generic image puzzle from Ken
12/30/07 - Edited to add: I've posted the answers here.