This is the second installment of the Fortnightly Topic Challenges Rerun described here and the thirty-sixth installment of the FTCs overall, with topics suggested and voted on here. This fortnight's topic is "Twisted Classics" (suggested by Alconja) and will span from the 18th of June to the 1st of July. During this period, we will compile the list of questions with a relevant title and post it as an answer to this question.

In the meantime, please go and propose and vote on future challenges!

Everyone have fun, and happy puzzling!

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The Twisted Classics topic challenge does not have a single specific tag associated. Due to the nature of this challenge, please add your own questions to the list below. The suggestion is copied to this post for posterity.

Twisted Classics

Make a puzzle that is an alternate take on the sorts of classic puzzles you'd find in a newspaper or an old school puzzle book.

The Classics

Any straightforward, printable puzzle of a well known genre. The kind of thing that your grandma would probably recognise, at least in form. For example (list isn't necessary exhaustive, but should give the general idea):

The Twists

This is pretty much up to the creator and can be as much or as little of a twist as you want, but some possible suggestions are:

  • Genre fusion - blend with another genre of puzzle
  • Meta puzzle - multiple classics whose solutions lead to another puzzle
  • Variant rules - e.g. a sudoku where the centre squares of each 3x3 must always be even, or a logic grid which includes a fixed number of lies amongst its clues
  • Alternate structures - e.g. a crossword in a hexagonal grid, or a three dimensional matchstick puzzle
  • Reverse puzzling - work backwards from a final state and some other restrictions to a starting condition
  • {your creative ideas here...}
  • $\begingroup$ Does connect-wall count as a classic? $\endgroup$
    – Sleafar
    Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 4:23
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    $\begingroup$ @Sleafar - I think yes. In terms of the spirit of the challenge, "game show" fits into the same category as newspapers and puzzle books. I.e. readily available/recognisable to a general audience. $\endgroup$
    – Alconja
    Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 6:38

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List of all questions published as part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36:

The highest voted puzzle is Just a Regular Word Search by Riley, with a score of 38 at the end of the fortnight.

The most viewed puzzle is A mazegic square by crcroberts, with approximately 970 views during the fortnight.


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