Nonverse Puzzles

Not all puzzles in The ENIGMA are in verse. You may already be familiar with some of the following types from other puzzle publications.


ANAGRAMS

Definition: Apposite words or phrases composed of the same letters as the answer. For example, NAME FOR SHIP is an anagram of H.M.S. PINAFORE.

24. THEY SEE (3 4)

25. BEAR HIT DEN (10)

26. BENEATH CHOPIN (3 5 5)

27. TRUSS NEATLY TO BE SAFE (6 4 4 5)

ANAQUOTE

Definition: A quotation is divided into 3-letter chunks (ignoring punctuation and spaces). The chunks are alphabetized for you to rearrange.

“Find the clues” would be: (4 3 5) DTH ECL FIN UES.

Numbers in parentheses tell how many letters are in each word of the quotation; asterisks represent capitalized words (in this case, the author's name).

28. ANAQUOTE (2 10, 2 2 4, 2 3 10 2 4 2 6 2 6. *5 *7)

    AND ASI ATI AUR EAR EAS EDA ERS INL
    ISH ITE NBY NLO OIS OSE OTH RAT REM
    SCH TON TWH URE VEW

CRYPTOGRAM

Definition: A message in cipher. Each letter in the coded message stands for another letter wherever it appears; E might stand for N, R for W, and so on. (No letter stands for itself.) The asterisk marks a capitalized word.

29. CRYPTOGRAM

M V J R F K B R    *S     N J S V V    R M D P    M

X R F J F B L M X R S Y      W P W F L T,     J R P 

H S V W    X L F D S C P C    E F I M C M T N   S N

F H      Z K P N J S F E M O V P      Z K M V S J T!

FORMS

Definition: Puzzles similar to crosswords, but with regular geometric shapes and no black squares. The square and diamond look like this:

                    1.         I
                    2.       A N A
   1. L A V A       3.     A N I S E
   2. A V E R       4.   A N O T H E R
   3. V E N T       5. I N I T I A L E D
   4. A R T Y       6.   A S H A M E D
                    7.     E E L E R
                    8.       R E D
                    9.         D
          

30. SQUARE (5-letter words)
1. A kind of puzzle in this minisample
2. Use one end of a pencil
3. Wash up
4. Theater employee
5. Mystics

31. DIAMOND
1. Last letter
2. Tell a lie
3. Jungle cat
4. Hissed, like soda
5. Went this way and that 6. Born in Brussels
7. Suitable for a king
8. Lair
9. Poor grade


We also have cryptic crosswords… …or go back to the puzzles in verse.

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