This question is part of the best-puzzle award series.

What are your nominations for the best puzzles, here on Puzzling.SE, of the fourth quarter (October/ November / December 2017?

Suggested guidelines for nomination:

  • Nominate each individual puzzle in a separate answer, so they can be upvoted/downvoted separately.

  • No more than 3 nominations per person.

  • Don't nominate your own puzzles.

  • Before you nominate a puzzle, check to see if someone else has already nominated it. If they have, then add to that nomination as a comment (or edit it) instead of nominating the same puzzle again.

  • In your nomination, explain what it is that (in your opinion) makes the nominated puzzle such a good one.

Some lists to help jog your memory (your nomination doesn't have to be from these lists):

Meta-meta issues:

  • Is this kind of thing allowed on SE?

  • What's the point?

    • To highlight and encourage good practice in a way that goes beyond upvotes.

    • To work towards building a 'hall of fame' of some of the best puzzles on the site (perhaps to reside on a future puzzling.SE blog) - think of it as our 'greatest hits album'.

    • To prompt members to put forward their own reflections on what makes a high-quality puzzle.

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    $\begingroup$ Tentative placeholder vote for "You go wherever you go today" by Paramesis, which remains unsolved (along with most his other grid deductions that feed into to this one). All of them feel like they belong on these best-of lists, but they're clearly very difficult and ...well... they kind of need to actually be solved first to prove themselves worthy. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Apr 24, 2018 at 5:53
  • $\begingroup$ @Alconja Hmm, do you think it would be a good idea to have a "Best of unsolved" type meta-list / search-query? How could such a thing be made. People who come to PuzzlingSE only once in a while in search for "good open stuff" can easily miss this - and bounties are only good for short time.... $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Apr 24, 2018 at 18:10

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Japanese Fusion Alphabet Soup by Alconja

Obviously, it's a huge repository of good quality cryptic clues, which is always nice. Other than that, this puzzle doesn't look very impressive at a first glance, which to me is the most impressive thing about it. This might not make sense, until you realize the many layers of the puzzle required the crossword to be constrained in at least four different ways, with the constraint in the middle section being already really impressive in and of itself, and Alconja made it look completely effortless! I had a lot of fun working on this one, even if Deusovi got to the final answer first.


You've got an 11.111111% chance to solve this! by Mister B

This puzzle looked terrible at first! In fact, one of the first comments was a link to the "What not to do" post about ciphers, and user Bass did a lot of steps to analyze it. But in the end we got to watch as, step by step, the answer was found, and everyone agreed that it was actually a solid puzzle.

And the creator, Mister B, clearly put a lot of work into making it, including such things as:

Creating the plaintext such that, after a Vigenere cipher, an acrostice appeared in the ciphertext


Fairly using Morse Code, Skip-Counting, Vigenere, and Rot25 in the same puzzle with subtle clues rather than hoping someone would guess a step - every piece of the decoding was clued somehow.

This was more than just a cipher or set of clues, like many "puzzles" we see here. This was, from start to finish, a true "Puzzle" in purest form.


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