Today is Thursday, the day I take the recyclables out to the curb, which is as good a day as any to bring up this topic of mine.
I have been a subscriber of GAMES magazine for over a year and while I enjoy their puzzles, I have had the sneaking suspicion for some time that some of their brain-teasers are…shall we say…stale.
Recycled…taken from past issues…not fresh.
Whatever phrase you want to use, I don’t like paying my subscription fee for puzzles that are older than my children. Now, I have no problem with GAMES magazine putting a note on one of their puzzles that says “From the GAMES Library”. Then, at least I know what I’m getting into.
My hypothesis was confirmed with the May 2011 issue in the puzzle What Four? by Dan Reichert.
The puzzle had this question…Name the four Presidents whose last name ends with a vowel.
The answers are…according to GAMES…James Monroe, Franklin Pierce, Millard Fillmore, and Calvin Coolidge.
Now I know this is an old puzzle because there are actually five Presidents with the fifth answer being THE CURRENT OCCUPANT OF THE WHITE HOUSE.
Really, GAMES, you can shell out the money and find some puzzles that at least come from the 21st century.