Anytime, Anywhere: Pencil and Paper Games That Rock

Reading Time: 5 minutes

Picture it: there you are, trapped in the middle of Chicago-O’Hare on a four-hour layover, alone but for your two cranky and travel-weary kids. Somehow your phone is bricked, your laptop charger is fried, the TV’s are all playing infomercials, and the hand-held games are in the checked luggage. (Also imagine the airport’s out of both Benadryl and whisky—shame on you for thinking it! Bad dad.)

It’s every geek dad’s worst nightmare.

How will you survive?

Your only hope is to go boy scout. Remember: you’re resourceful, resilient, always prepared, etc., etc.. You’d turn the Alaskan wilderness into a backyard barbecue with naught but a hatchet and a tarp. So too with Chicago-O’Hare. Your hatchet is a pencil (you know, the pointy thing that leaves a trail of graphite when scratched against a light-colored surface of certain friction), and your tarp is paper.

Here are six options for using said paper and pencil to merrily kill nearly infinite time. (Your first puzzle is trying to determine where one column’s caption stops and the next starts.)


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.gallery-overview.native .gallery-pic > img {display:none;}
li.gallery-description {display:none;}
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div.gallery-navigation div {display:none;}
div.gallery-description {margin: 20px 0};

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If all else fails, you can use your paper and pencil to solve the mazes, puzzles, and brain-teasers in (wait for it…wait for it…) my NEW BOOK! It’s called Brain Candy: Science, Puzzles, Paradoxes, Logic and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons. And it’s the ultimate airport time killer.

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