Every reader of this blog is also invited, every year, to try to beat him to it. This year's puzzle is simple: every number below corresponds to a letter, every letter has a clue, and all the letters spell out the title. It's a famous book that has been adapted into a famous movie.
You don't have to figure it out on your own, but instead, share whichever letters you figure out in the comments below. We've had complete strangers figure out the puzzles together before, which was a kick.
Okay, here's the puzzle:
1. The chemical symbol for Titanium is two letters. This is one of those two letters.
2. The next two letters spell a word.
3. The word is a guy thing. We’re starting off easy.
4. Mom's favorite HBO show begins and ends with this letter.
5. The chemical symbol for Titanium is two letters. This is the other of those two letters, not used in Answer 1.
6. There are two possible outcomes of a sporting match, and this one isn’t a ‘W.’
7. The number of work days in a week, in another alphabet.
8. Both a direction and a vowel.
9. The next two letters are completely opposite sides, often reduced to just two letters. They’re so opposed you’ve probably written them in your shoes.
10. Of course, which order the two letters go in is up to you to figure out.
11. The official letter of first-person narration.
12. The third capitalized letter in the name of a prolific Black comedian whose only album had only three letters in the title.
13. One of very few lower case letters in the English alphabet that typically has a dot over it.
14. The last letter in the last name of a famous American radio host who ran for governor of New York State just to fill in all the pot holes. I may have misremembered his reasoning, but he totally ran.
15. The first letter in the first name of a famous comedian whose seventh album was titled “An Evening With Wally Londo Featuring Bill Slaszo”. He hated that title.
16. The next five letters spell a word.
17. It’s a verb.
18. Your fingers can do it.
19. In chest surgery, someone might do it to your ribs.
20. An anagram of this easily makes another, more fun verb.
21. The next three letters spell another word.
22. Two of these letters in this word are the same.
23. It’s supposedly scary.24. The only consonant repeated in the name of an English rock band, formed in Muswell Hill, and whose last album was titled “Phobia.”