Fantasy fans rejoiced at the creation of the Dungeons and Dragons role playing game became available 35 years ago this week.
Those that grew up on such swashbuckling tales from Gardner Fox's Kothar to Robert E. Howard's various creations, and even the epic work of J. R. R. Tolkien at one time or another let their imagination roamed and thought about vanquishing dragons, rescuing the fair damsels in distress, and covering themselves in glory and valor.
Created by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson and currently published/distributed by Wizards of the Coast, depending upon who is in charge of any given session (the dungeon/game master), various expansion packs, hand books, modules, and other accessories; along with dice to add a true possibility of chance into the game play, have entertained fantasy and game fans since 1974; and perhaps even contributed to other media such as the Legend of Zelda, Final Fantasy, and other video games.
In honor of D & D's 35th, this week's Puzzle Corner is themed to the fantasy fan in all of us.
Here's something special. Although I unfortunately cannot produce an interactive grid, within the Dungeon below are hidden some D & D related terms.
Plus, the left over letters after all the words have been found spell out something very vital for any role playing game.
Do you dare undertake this quest?
D U N G E O N S
R R A D M V E T
A N A T A U G S
G R E Z G N R E
O T H G I N K U
NW O R C W SQ
S W O R D F L E
Crown, Dungeons, Dragons, Elf, Knight, Magic, Quests, Ring, Sword, Wizard
NOTE: Because of computer formatting, all the lines to not come out properly spaced, but the grid is eight letters across by seven letters down, and every word on the list above is in there.
The answers will appear next weekend, just like the results of April 11th "magically" appear now.
The license plate V-194 could be found on The Black Beauty in any episode of the 1960s Green Hornet Television series.
THE LETTER SHUFFLE
The following words can be made out of the letters in the phrase HAPPY EASTER, with plural(s) noted: A, Ah, Ape(s), Appear(s), As, At, Ate, Aye(s), East, Easter, Ear(s), Eat(s), Eatery, Ether, Happy, He, Heat(s), Paper(s), Pay(s), Pear(s), Peep(s), Peer(s), Pest, Pester, Rap(s), Rest, Sap, Sappy, Say, Sea, Seat, Set, She, Step, Steep, Strap, Stray, Tea(s), Tear(s), Tee(s), Trap(s), Tray(s), Tree(s), Try, Yea(s), Yeah(s), Year(s), Yeast, and Yes.
Other words than the 70 might be possible, for I know of two that did not make my list or else it would have violated the rules of good taste.