This week’s puzzle is somewhat homespun and not fiendishly hard. And so I’m willing to double the number of entries for any solver under age 15, triple the entries for any solver under 10 and quadruple the entries for solvers under age 6 at time of submission. This means that if your child’s birthday is this week, solve today rather than later. It also means that if you have no child under 15 you should phone ahead to schools and day-care facilities rather than loitering outside in hopes of securing the solving help of a minor. The goal, of course, is to survive the journey through presents, or in this case, just one single present. Every journey starts with a single step. Remember, there are only 315 days until Columbus Day!
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