Puzzle is Too Long!!
Once upon a
time, the SSQQ Christmas Puzzle looked much different.
Back when we started in 1999, there was only one puzzle and
it only consisted of 40 clues. Most of these clues
were drawn from the
reached thousands of people during the Eighties and Nineties
thanks to fax machines. In 1999, I took a copy
of the Original Puzzle and scanned it into my computer.
Then I posted it on my web site.
puzzle was only meant to entertain people at my
dance studio. But then came Google. The Internet worked the same magic for this Puzzle
in the 2000s that the Fax machine did for the Original
Puzzle in the Eighties
and Nineties. However the Internet serviced a much
larger scale. The Internet
isn't called the "World Wide Web" for nothing.
Thanks to Google and other search engines,
this puzzle began to reach people across the planet as early as
Today people across the world are able to enjoy the SSQQ
Christmas Puzzle due to the incredible modern marvel known
as the Internet.
people wrote to thank me, they also asked if I would
consider expanding the puzzle. So every other
year or so I added ten more clues to the puzzle.
Most people were delighted to see this Puzzle deepen
Unfortunately, not everyone was happy to see the Puzzle grow.
It no longer took twenty minutes to solve, but
closer to an hour. Some people began
to complain the puzzle was simply much too long.
They wanted to share the puzzle for their 6th
graders, their church group, their family reunion,
their office party, their annual neighborhood party,
you name it, but didn't have the time to solve the
Unfortunately, this request rubbed me the wrong way.
I had spent countless hours creating this puzzle, I
didn't charge a cent, but they wanted the answers
without lifting a finger. So I suggested a
compromise: give me half the correct answers and I
would forward the rest. This compromise worked
well enough until 2006.
By 2006, the puzzle had grown to 225 clues and 100
riddles. The puzzle was now two and a half
times larger than it had once been. I began to
receive an endless series of emails from people
asking if they could please have the answers without
having to do the puzzle.
in 2006 a woman wrote a passionate letter saying that even asking for half the
correct answers was too much.
Now that the puzzle was this big, she estimated it took
some people two hours, maybe even longer, to solve
The woman who complained said she
had Holiday shopping, wrapping, cooking, planning,
phoning, inviting, and decorating to do in addition
to raising three kids and going to see them in their
Christmas plays at school plus a husband to please
with dinner and attention at night.