The puzzle section of the book (First edition, PDF, 518kb) was produced with the aid of a number of free on-line puzzle generators:
The title of the section, reproduced above, is in the form of an ambigram, or word formation that reads identically upside down.
1. Major contours at elevations of 2000, 2100 and 2200 were displayed on the map on page 121 as if they were minor (thin lines). The map in the PDF copy shows only major contours, as the 20m contour data is not yet generally available from Geoscience Australia.
Partial SolutionsSolutions should never be given freely: it just encourages people to give up too easily. The sections below provide clues, hints or additional puzzles to unlock the real solution. If you really get stuck (and care enough), mail me.
AnagramsFor most people, solving non-trivial anagrams without a pretty good idea of what the word or phrase is can be extraordinarily difficult. Once you know the knowledge domain (movie titles, capital cities, Pink Floyd tracks etc) though, the usual technique is to think of possible phrases based on length and a few unusual letters in the anagram, and try to match letter-for-letter.
To help you apply this technique (a lot), here are the twenty answers, unscrambled, but in alphabetic order. My apologies for using the obsolete spellings of Rennix Gap and Swampy Plain River.
ALPINE WAY BULLOCKS HUT CHARLOTTE PASS CLUB LAKE DEAD HORSE GAP ISLAND BEND KIANDRA LAKE COOTAPATAMBA MOUNT KOSCIUSZKO PERISHER VALLEY PRUSSIAN FLAT RENNEX GAP SAWPIT CREEK SNOWY MOUNTAINS SWAMPY PLAINS RIVER THE PORCUPINE THREDBO THREE MILE DAM TOM GROGGIN YARRANGOBILLY CAVES
Crossword solutions are usually shown with the correct letters in the correct places. How boring. You should always have to discover knowledge, not have it presented on a platter, requiring no effort at all on your part.
Hence the grid below contains the solution to the crossword, but encrypted by a simple substitution cipher and reflected about its vertical centre line. This means that
The substitution rule is a rotation of the alphabet. For example, the "D" rotation replaces "A" by "D", "B" by the next letter, "E" and so on. It's easily illustrated by writing the alphabet on one line, and another copy below it, shifted so "D" is below "A". The three letters to the left of "D" are moved (rotated) to the end under "X Y Z":
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z A B CFor the encoded solution below, the rotation amount is given by the first letter on page 53 of the book. You should thus
Of course, you don't really need the book at all, as any correct letter in your partially completed crossword enables you to discover the rotation amount.
Find a Mountain (1) - Map SearchThis table repeats the one on page 100, adding the order and identification of the symbols on the puzzle map.
The Twenty Highest Peaks in Australia
The panorama from the summit of Kosciuszko (peak 1) shows all of these except peaks 4, 5, 7, 12, and the two equal 18th.
Find a Mountain (2) - Word SearchTo help you find all the words, here is the word list with the direction that each one lies in (up, down, left, right, or diagonal combinations of these).
The letters left over when you've crossed off all the words are, in alphabetic order:
A E H I M N N N O O S S T T U W YYou can arrange them into a number of phrases of varying relevance:
The alphametic puzzles were omitted from the second edition due to space limitations.
No complete solutions, only possible answers for the sum, which gives most of the letter assignments. The others are readily determined.
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