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October 2008 NewsletterA while ago, I set out to create a one-of-a-kind word puzzle. By the time I was finished, I was exhausted. Could it be it wasn’t worth the effort? “Don’t let yourself think that way,” I said.
Every time I re-read the puzzle I became a little less certain it was a good one. For a while, I even thought about tearing it up and starting over. Gradually, though, I came to believe that it was truly special.
Having self-doubts is a little unusual for me, so I tried to figure out why it was happening. I’m usually a pretty confident guy, especially about word games. Just then, a thought occurred to me. Knowing I would feel better if others would approve of my work, I invited some trusted friends to have a look. Luckily, they all agreed it was a very special puzzle. Most of them had a lot of experience in the world of games, and they were very positive in their comments. None of them had an unkind word to say.
Once I had their “approval”, I had to decide what to do with the puzzle. People recommended everything from publishing it, to reading it on “Wheel”, to posting it online. Quite a few of them said they had never seen anything like it. Right then and there I decided that “Pat’s Chat” would be the best place for it. So here it is.
The question for you is: can you figure out the hidden secret of this puzzle? Usually, I would be a little more direct about it, but I’ve decided to be a little “sneakier” this time. Very soon I will expose the secret of the puzzle. When I do, I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised. X-rated language is something I ordinarily discourage, but you may shout a few expletives when you see it. You see, this story is actually the puzzle, and do you know what figuring it out will get you?
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The story above is comprised of 26 sentences, and each of them starts with a consecutive letter of the alphabet from A to Z. (Sentence number one with an “A” and number 2 with a “B” and so on.) I told you it was sneaky!
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