Thursday, July 13, 2006

The first word puzzle I remember

I'm sure this isn't the first word puzzle I ever did -- I was always doing the Highlights for Children puzzles in the dentist's office, so I must have been a pro by the time I saw this one. But this came from my grandfather, and so, it has stuck in my mind all these years.

Puzzle)
A man mailed a letter, and addressed the envelope as follows:

WOOD
JOHN
MASS
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The letter was successfully delivered to the intended recipient. Who was the intended recipient, and where did the recipient live?
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My grandfather died when I was 12, so I must have been 8 or 9 when he scratched out this puzzle for me on a napkin on the kitchen table. It always amazes me how some memories are so sticky (stick like glue in one's brain), and also, the details of these kinds of memories -- where he was sitting, what his handwriting looked like, the shyness in his voice....
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The answer to this puzzle is in the comments, so don't open them yet if you want to figure this out on your own.

6 comments:

Curtis said...

Nrkii--Way to go. I'm so glad you decided to reveal yourself.

My grandfather (my mother's father) drowned when I was about 4 or 5. My father's father died 30 years before I was born. I don't remember much of my mother's father, except from pictures and from things my mother tells me, like that I was his favorite.

As for your intrigueing puzzle, the solution hasn't jumped out at me yet. I can't decide whether it's going to be something very simple or something more convoluted. Is there a word common to all three words that will lead to the addressee? Is MASS Massachusetts? Are the clues synonyms for other words? Is this a crytogram? The clues are so bareboned that it doesn't give me much to go on. Let me mull it over before I start asking for hints.

Curtis said...

The guy's name is John Underwood, right? But I can't get the address other than Massachusetts. Don't tell me, but please confirm that I have the name right.

Curtis said...

OK.
John Underwood
Andover, Massachusetts

Is there a street address in there somewhere or is that it?

Nancy said...

That's it! Keep in mind this was from my grandfather, so harkens back to days when street addresses weren't always needed.

Curtis said...

I sprang this puzzle on two friends at dinner tonight. With a lot of coaxing, they finally got it. But they thoroughly enjoyed it.

Nancy said...

The other cool thing about this puzzle is that it was told to me as a true story. Real letter. Got delivered.