Anagram the letters in the words LABOR TIME to find out where next year's NPL convention will be.
Yesterday's answer: A 4-letter word that means OFF, THIN, or BROKE is FLAT. The "native" puzzle type of the NPL is the Flat, so called because the answer is a single, flat line of letters. Described simply, flats are poems with words omitted. The poem provides clues to guess the missing words. There are also variants such as the picture flat, the video flat, and, this year, diorama flats. The NPL's mini-sample (PDF) contains a much better description and some great example puzzles to get you started.
BTW, most of Western Kansas that we drove through to get to the con is also flat. At one point, the GPS locked onto twelve satellites at the same time. I can't recall ever seeing more than six or seven before.
Sunday, July 13, 2008