October 22nd, 2011
If you have been reading my blog for a ridiculously long time, then you might remember that I once created a Pic Tac Toe puzzle, inspired by Ken Jennings's blog. In case you haven't been reading my blog forever, here's Ken's explanation of what a Pic Tac Toe is: "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, to solve the Pic Tac Toe, you need to figure out the common theme for each row, column and diagonal:
So, I recently decided to try my hand at creating another Pic Tac Toe. See if you can figure it out (you can click on the images to view larger versions, if you need):
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.
Again, I think these are a lot harder to create than they are to solve, but I think the diagonals might be challenging for you.
Now, here's the fun part: one of the rows in the Pic Tac Toe is the common theme uniting all of the tracks in a mixed CD I made my sister back in May. Some of you may have noticed that Chris and I no longer create theme CDs for each other. But my sister Marin and I have recently resurrected the tradition. She'll make a theme CD for me and then after I guess what it means, I create a CD on a new theme and send it to her.
This mix was one I made for her back in May. I've actually continued to tinker with the mix and put on some new tracks that I found the last few month (plus taken out a few to make room). Here's the most recent playlist:
- Foster the People - Pumped Up Kicks
- The Seekers - Georgy Girl
- Peter Bjorn and John - Young Folks
- Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard
- Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - Home
- The Fratellis - Whistle for the Choir
- The Beatles - Two of Us
- Billy Joel - The Stranger
- Supertramp - Goodbye Stranger
- Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
- Scorpions - Wind of Change
- Pixies - La La Love You
- Andrew Bird - Oh No
- Beck - Sissyneck
- Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. - Simple Girl
- Bobby Mcferrin - Don't Worry, Be Happy
- The Andy Griffith Show Theme
- The Lovin' Spoonful - Daydream
- AIR - Alpha Beta Gaga
- Brother Bones & His Shadows - Sweet Georgia Brown
Can you figure out the theme? It is fairly helpful to listen to the songs themselves, so for a limited time I'll make the album available for you to download.
While you're at it, you're welcome to listen to a Halloween theme CD I made for her earlier this month.
Send me your guess and enjoy the music!