Comments: I look forward to the showdown between Jon Delfin and IBM's Big Black and White

This actually deflated me a little bit...I'm helping out a professor and a graduate student here at RPI with a project that's this one pretty much exactly, right down to using Google.

[sigh] I guess we have no choice but to do it better.

Posted by Tyler at October 5, 2004 06:08 PM

Programs such as this might further the evolution of the crossword. The MIT Mystery Hunt, for example, has evolved as a function of teams' web access. And frankly, moving puzzles away from questions which require recall of facts and into questions that require leaps in reasoning is a good thing in my mind.

I'm looking forward to the development of puzzles that function as Turing tests (Cox & Rathvon's "Lopping sweaters" puzzle would seem to be a good example).

And I think Tyler's experience as a constructor will give him a leg up on the original programmers.

Posted by Jenny at October 6, 2004 07:03 AM