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#37: Cell Blocks; Double or Nothing; speliq rúfórm

Hello, and welcome to Puzzles for Progress! This puzzle page contains Cell Blocks, returning for its fifth appearance; Double or Nothing, a variety word puzzle wherein each square contains either two letters or none; and then speliq rúfórm!

speliq rúfórm is a linguistics puzzle, my second (after Numbers in Toki Pona, back in Issue #18). (Its title is in lowercase.) While pencil puzzles are all about making logical deductions, and word puzzles are all about understanding clues, linguistics puzzles are all about decoding language. And part of speliq rúfórm is figuring out exactly what the instructions are. It's definitely a puzzle style that's rarer on Puzzles for Progress, but I had a ton of fun making it, and I think y'all will enjoy solving it as well!

Print this puzzle page out by using the following link:

If you'd prefer each puzzle on a separate page, those links are also available below, as well as the link to the answer page:

Just the Cell Blocks puzzle:

Just the Double or Nothing puzzle:

Just the speliq rúform puzzle:

The Cell Blocks puzzle is also solvable online with at

Last week’s puzzles: Heteromino; The King's Tour; Spiral

Next week’s puzzles: Word Ladder: Terraform; Capsules; Arrow Sudoku

PS: I recently realized that I made a classic error in writing the date on Issues #34, #35, and #36–I wrote the year as 2020 instead of 2021! Thanks to everyone for not noticing and letting me quietly fix the issue in the background.

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15 de mar. de 2021

These are great! I love linguistics puzzles, so I went right away to the spelling one. I solved it all with no difficulty and by the end could easily read the whole paragraph. Except I was slightly bothered by #7 (áyqwix) given áyqglix, which I think should not have the same first vowel. I would say them like aqwix and iqglix. I didn't think there was that much difference between California dialect and Midwest dialect, but I could be wrong, so now I'm curious. Do you really say "accent" and "and" (from the explanation page's examples) with different starting vowels? Those sound the same to me. (Edited to add: I solved and enjoyed the other two as well! I'd done shikaku,…


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