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Mobile Game From Merriam-Webster Tests Your Dictionary Knowledge

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The latest app to embrace the word game trend comes from America’s oldest dictionary. On Saturday, March 18, Merriam-Webster announced they’re breaking into the mobile gaming industry with a new game called TypeShift.

To start, players are presented with columns of randomly arranged letters. The columns can be shifted up or down one letter at a time. The goal is to use every letter at least once to spell out words in the highlighted row. When a letter is used in a word it turns from brown to blue, and when all the letters are blue, the player wins the game.

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Typeshift is the creation of Zach Gage, the same designer behind the mind-bending word game Spell Tower. His latest game updates with a new puzzle every day, with each challenge getting increasingly difficult as the week progresses. You can download the app from iTunes or play web-exclusive themed puzzles at playtypeshift.com.

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The World’s First Minecraft Play Debuts in Northern Ireland
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There are a lot of replicas of real-world locations in Minecraft, but there are few replicas of real-life performances. The latest show to premiere at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, though, takes place both on stage and online. In what the theater is billing as the world’s first live play inside Minecraft, actors will perform both in real life and through digital avatars.

Playcraft Live is adapted from a series of young adult sci-fi novels called TimeRiders, which follows a group of teens as they work to stop future time travelers from changing history—in the case of this story, in the Neolithic Age. While the play was written by TimeRiders author Alex Scarrow, Minecraft users were involved in producing it, helping professional video game designers build out one of the virtual sets as part of a Minecraft buildathon in late September.

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The performance will be split between the actors live on stage and puppeteers controlling the avatars in the game. “Audiences within the theater, and online, will experience the production as a single live-stream, and neither audience needs to own Minecraft in order to view the stream,” according to a press release from the theater.

The play debuts on October 14 in Northern Ireland, and you can also watch it online via livestream.

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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