xikka

A collection of things I have made and things I find interesting.


Puzzle Time: Remapper

Friday, 27th March 2020 ◆ Where is unkept lion coat? (6)

How well do you know the United Kingdom? In my case, it turns out the answer is not very well at all...

This week's post is another mini-game. In Remapper, you must locate 10 places in the UK. For each place you must drag one of the 10 circles onto the map. If the place is inside the circle, you get a point. Simple!

Play on the map below! If the embedded version below doesn't quite work, you can also play here.

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Tricking the brain

Friday, 20th March 2020 ◆ Reason to write down one hundred (5)

A few years ago, I saw a video of linguist-psychologist Steven Pinker discussing an experiment designed by Peter Wason in 1966. Unfortunately, I can't find that video anymore, but Pinker discusses it further in his book How the Mind Works.

The experiment is called the "selection task", but don't go looking it up just yet: I have recreated it here for you to try. When you are ready, click the start button to dive in.

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Z80

Friday, 13th March 2020 ◆ Crisp fragment (4)

Though I may be a programmer by profession, the inner workings of a computer largely remain a mystery to me. Modern computers would be far too complex for me to even know where to begin in terms of understanding how they work.

However, my dad recently got me a computer kit from CPUVille after I showed interest in his. It is comprised of minimal components with a Z80 microprocessor at its core. The Z80 was a popular chip in its day, being used for such things as home computers, arcade machines, and even the first generation of gameboy!

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Puzzle Time: Tessera

Friday, 6th March 2020 ◆ After moments, one and I see intricate tiling (6)

For today's Puzzle Time, I pull Tessera from my ever-growing graveyard of incomplete games. It's one I started making some time back, when I was learning Cocos2d-x, but as is often the case I never got round to finishing it. Regrets aside, I think it makes a perfect blog entry - so here is an example level, recreated with Javascript!

  1. Each cell can be coloured either red or blue

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Puzzle Time: Crossclue

Friday, 28th February 2020 ◆ Look for stone or bronze, perhaps (6)

Welcome to the first installment of Puzzle Time, where I share some puzzle games I have made. Crossclue is like a wordsearch mixed with a cryptic crossword.

If you like cryptic crosswords, you can try solving using the clues and use the grid for hints. If you like wordsearches, try the other way around!

  1. Every letter is used once
  2. Words in the grid can go in any direction and can change direction mid-word

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