Curious Correspondence Club invites puzzle solvers to toss in a Square for Christmas

Christmas just got a whole lot merrier.

The Curious Correspondence Club launched this year, posting puzzling puzzles posted in the weekly print editions of The Washington Post to online communities from around the country. You’ve now got thousands of puzzle thinkers just waiting for you to send them a square.

Cheers! The first batch of letters arrived Wednesday, and puzzles are welcome. Curious Correspondence Club members are encouraged to submit puzzles of at least three dimensions, in any language, and should stay away from blunt content-challenging questions.

The problem-solving community is a good one.

“The 10 or so people I asked who graduated from the high school I went to, their best answers got an answer so good,” wrote host Gregory Hunter, a game and problem expert. “A real testament to the quality of the collection.”

The club’s challenges are alphabetical, meaning puzzle solvers will have plenty of backlogged responses for every day of the week. The puzzles were posted by a wide range of puzzle experts and members, including local favorites Christie Augustine and Bryan Wackerman.

It was Wackerman’s name on the post Friday, offering puzzle clues in the smallest font possible: “Wackerman: 1.8mm (3 w x 10).”

The puzzles have a lot of fun with circles. You might be subjected to this thing:

Oh, not really? There are 100 problems packed into each puzzle. Check them out. Many are about the Curious Curious, including an experiment he ran with a cardboard typewriter box, writing out letters via a blackboard:

The biggest challenge is, of course, writing your email. Unfortunately, the mailing address for the club is outside the Washington metro area. But you might be able to set a record, getting all 50 problem-solvers you need in one pot. Just try sending a letter to the wonder of puzzle creation: Gregory Hunter.

Go to the Problems page to see them all.

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