# You Are Games: Letters In Boxes #27

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It's time for another edition of Letters In Boxes Has Too Much Fun With Numbers! This is the 27th edition of our homegrown word puzzle series, and what is 27? A cube number! If you take 3 and raise it to the third power (3x3x3), you get 27. Since we won't be able to properly celebrate the awesomeness of cubes again until 64 (4x4x4), this puzzle series is dedicated to those classy cubes, too hip to be a square. Keep an eye out for cubes of all sorts: not just numerical cubes, but also three-dimensional cubes, because everything is trickier when you're inside the cube.

This week, we've got four more puzzles for you to tackle. If you're familiar with Letters In Boxes, you can jump right to the challenge by clicking on the image to the right to open up your first puzzle. If you're new to our game, we have a prepared a full tutorial on how to play to help get you solving our puzzles in no time. This batch of puzzles contains four puzzles to solve. On the fourth puzzle, you'll find the email address for sending your final answer.

already stuck on #2...

Any help on #1?

I've filled out the puzzle, but then I can't make out any coherent words.

hints for #1:

after filling the grid, there is one more step before actually making any words

the theme is important

after filling the grid, the numbers that were initially there should be ignored

The links in RSS and on the front page are broken.
And also stuck on #2.

The links in RSS and on the front page are broken.
And also stuck on #2.

Hint for #1

A scientific calculator with a cube-root function is essential.

Stuck on #2

So I fold them into a cube shape...then what?

Hint for #1

A scientific calculator with a cube-root function is essential.

Stuck on #2

So I fold them into a cube shape...then what?

I got #1 easily, and #2 wasn't too bad, but I have no clue what to do for #3.

Hint for #2:

Like tf58 noticed, you can fold the right part into a cube. Notice the black dot...

Another hint:

Letter orientation doesn't matter.

#3 is wonderfully baffling.

I got #1 easily, and #2 wasn't too bad, but I have no clue what to do for #3.

Hint for #2:

Like tf58 noticed, you can fold the right part into a cube. Notice the black dot...

Another hint:

Letter orientation doesn't matter.

Is there a relation with a dice in #2 ?

January 12, 2012 11:39 AM

Also stuck on 3

Does anyone have any ideas about the significance of the different colors?

Has anyone figured out #3 yet? Here are some of my questions. Perhaps one will help someone get the right approach.

Are the colors significant?

Is the orientation important?

Do the numbers even matter?

Does it have anything to do with the line "because everything is trickier when you're inside the cube" from the description?

Everything I've tried so far has not shown any results...

I'm still working on #2.

What is the significance of the dots and the shape on the left?

Looking at #2...

I can get two different letters for the box in the upper right corner. Anagrams including either letter (or even both letters) none work.

???

A small-medium hint for #2:

Build your cube, and then cover it in ink. The left side should be dealt with in two dimensions.

Meanwhile, I've gotten nowhere on #3.

January 12, 2012 4:14 PM

OtherBill:

The correct solution requires you to get two letters in at least one spot.

For #3 I am still stumped. On the point of...

orientation, I thought I had a brilliant idea, but haven't been able to make anything tangible happen.

Oriented one way, a "3" is a "/" (division)
Oriented one way a 6 is an "="
A 5 is a "times", but technically a 1 could also represent multiplication.
The empty space on a 4 could be addition, but that is a real stretch.

None of this has led me anywhere new, but maybe it'll spark someone.

I'm still on #3 too.

What I've tried

is more along the lines of turning them from numbers into letters, whether it be individually or using the sum of rows/columns. I haven't gotten anything out of that though...

@ Phizzle and sarcastodon

Your hints helped me get #2. Thanks!

Got #3... a true feat of puzzle construction.

Unlike what I was thinking originally, you don't need to go inside the cube. The colors do matter, though. Study the white layer a little bit - those are your directions.

January 12, 2012 4:44 PM

Welcome to the hard one (so far!), ray9na

Wow, #3 is a head-scratcher. Do we only need

the numbers we see? I assume everyone knows that

opposite sides of a die add to 7

but I don't know if that's relevant here.

@Phizzle,

Does orientation matter? Also, is there a difference between what red and pink mean?

January 12, 2012 4:56 PM

Phizzle:

Do the pink v. red colors matter, or are you only speaking of white v. the rest? Does the black dice matter, or are they just placeholders?

Both of you:

Sorry about the ambiguity there. There's no differences between pink and red, just white, black and the center. The black dice mean nothing, and neither does orientation.

January 12, 2012 5:05 PM

@Phizzle:

Thanks, that was the conclusion I've been at pretty much all day, but I appreciate the confirmation. Break time for me, maybe looking at it afresh later will help.

I'm assuming I'm on the wrong track on #2.

I created the letter cube. I tried orienting the dot to the 2d pattern, then exploding it to fit the pattern. No word there. Also tried building the letter cube inside-out and doing the same.

@ ron0

Have you ever played Bloxorz?

@ray9na
! Tried that once, but in reverse.
Thanks!

For #3

I think I understand why Phizzle says the black dice mean nothing, and I think I have a few ideas regarding the intended relationship between white and red/pink, but mostly I'm still casting about.

Question re #3

Does hex enter into it at all?

January 12, 2012 7:40 PM

Not getting #2...

I see a word I can make with the cube on the right, but I have no clue what to do next.

#1, got no problem.
#2, I basically had to force my way through (though after looking back with my answer I saw where i was screwing up and it made perfect sense)
#3 is just making my brain go "Bububububububububwhat?!" I honestly can't bring myself to even attempt it.

@ nerdypants (Big, big hint!)

Make the cube, then pay attention to the dot on the cube and the other shape.

Pretend the cube is an inked-up rubber stamp. (Thanks, Phizzle @4:13pm)

Play Bloxorz.

Take the simplest route to fill up the other shape.

One square will have 2 letters. (Thanks, sarcastodon @4:14pm)

January 12, 2012 7:56 PM

Thanks, ray9na!

@ nerdypants

You're welcome, for whatever it's worth. I think most of us are stuck on #3. :-P

January 12, 2012 8:17 PM

Yeah, I can't get #3 either.

I'm wondering if the triples are significant? Three ones, three twos, three threes, three sixes... But then what do the two five-six-sixes mean?

I also notice that there are no fours in the white sections, and only two fours in the red. I have no idea what it means, however.

Just out of curiosity, has anyone else finished? I want to see if I was first. :P

And a hint for those of you still suffering on #3 (definitely the hardest puzzle in this set):

Look at the white layer of dice. There are ones, twos, threes and lines with fives and sixes. What might those correspond to?

There is math involved in solving this puzzle. Not any sort of complicated math, mind you, but math. No cube roots like you had in the first puzzle.

And a little bit more helpful hint, because you guys are more or less on the right track:

Each red/pink number is used exactly twice.

And the kicker (and maybe what you guys are sort of stuck on):

The fives and sixes of the white layer mean nothing whatsoever.

@Phizzie, first off, congrats on being first (assuming no one else steps up for that credit ;-}
Secondly, thank you for those great hints on #3!
On to #4 now!

For #3

Dare I ask if the arithmetic in question is addition or multiplication?

@ray9na

Well, you're going to have to turn those numbers into letters somehow...

So maybe you want to keep everything under 26...

Thanks, zxo. I'm just not feeling very inspired this evening, and that block o'dice is rather daunting.

I'm certain I did #1 correctly, and I still can't make a word.

I solved the puzzle, got the cube roots of the numbers, and substituted using the basic alphanumeric code... but I can't unscramble the result into anything useful. I do notice it contains the letters C, U, B, and E.

...Good lord, I feel like a dunce now. On to #4.

@Andrew, for #1, did you take the (Major spoiler follows)

cube roots of horizontal numbers and read top to bottom?

Anyone have a spare hint for #4? I think I'm making things too complicated (again).

@zoz:

Think as literally as possible. It's very easy to make that puzzle too complicated.

In number 1, what do you mean by

cube root the numbers?

I agree that #3 is very clever (and that #2 stumped me for a while). Zoz, for #4, process of elimination is your friend....

If you make cubes (of course)...

There's only one way to arrange those cubes to satisfy the given condition.

Wow, the solution for #3 is surprisingly simple given how difficult it must have been to set up.

#4 was cute.

I finally got #3.

I was making it WAY more complicated than it was.

@jamedkan

treat the puzzle as a Sudoku, then ignore all of the numbers that were there and look only at the ones you filled in. Then take the cube root of each.

Still stuck on #4! I appreciate your hint @Phizzle (and I'm sorry I called you Phizzie before!) but I think I may have to sleep on this one.

THANK you @iq8w7ht! Something in your hint just made everything suddenly clear, as if a fog was lifted.

Glad to be of assistance - goodness knows I've gotten "Aha!" moments from plenty of others' hints in the past.

brief clues for this weeks puzzles:
#1

sudoku, cube roots, alphabet by the numbers

#2 the best hints have been given above, but here's a recap

make a cube, ink it, and play Bloxorz

#3

pinks and reds only; the whites tell you the order (ignoring fives and sixes); alphabet by the numbers

#4 (thanks to Phizzle and iq8w7ht!)

make cubes, then line them up

There, done....phew, that was a mental workout. X_x;

I 'cheated' for #3... because I read the hints before starting the puzzle... so I found it 'simple' and fun :P

I kinda liked how my answer for #4 (assuming it's the right answer) was

'self-checking', as in that the answer I got made sense literally, when put together with the sentence in the puzzle :D

January 13, 2012 2:41 AM

I liked the 1st and 4th.

For the 2nd

There are two ways you might think to originally start and two ways you might think to decide which letter goes where. I chose wrong on both parameters. So if you get nonsense try to see what other ways there are to do it.

For the 3rd

There is lots of unneeded information (or at least I don't know what it is there for). Once I read Phizzle's comment that 5 and 6 on the white don't matter it was very simple to go with my initial idea of how to solve it.

January 13, 2012 10:10 AM

Nice set of puzzles, possibly my favorite set yet. Frustrated that I couldn't get #3 - had all the pieces, but couldn't make it work - but still fun to solve when I finally figured it out (with help here, of course)

#3 was a hard nut to crack, but I can only imagine how tough it must have been to create.

Can somebody seriously dumb down number 3 for me please? I know I'm going to slap myself once it's explained to me but it's almost 3am and my brain has begun to melt out of my ears. I've read every clue for it in the comments and I still don't understand which numbers I'm meant to add together.

@Dandy,

view the pink/red dice as rows, with a white die at the top of each row (either 1, 2, or 3 dots on each white "topper").
Add up each row, keeping track of the topper for each row.

Major spoiler here:

you'll end up with 3 sums each for topper 1, 2, or 3 - 9 sums total.
All of the sums are numbers less than 26.

That's the best I can do without giving it away!

After figuring out number 3 after two failed attempts (if someone is interested, I got KFMBFEBEH and GLKDFIMFK on those attempts), I finally got the solution. That sure was simpler than my first reaction (wha-ha-ha-haat?), but like spaceloaf, I must admit I wonder how hard it was to set up the puzzle.

Gah! I *HAD* #3 yesterday except I was counting letters on my fingers and got some wrong (the second letter and the one that appears twice including as the last letter) which made no sense whatsoever except as some amusing anagrams. Got it first try this morning as the new hints indicated I was on the right track (thanks everyone!).

Lesson: don't try LIB when you're fasting before minor surgery.

I think I got #4. That is to say, I found a real word and it makes sense as an answer to the question.

I knew I'd slap myself once I got it. Thanks Zoz but your explanation wasn't what helped me. I was already doing what you suggested but I was like TaylorB, getting results with a lot of GFKLMs in it. It never occurred to me that...

The ones, twos and threes rows stretch over two sides of the die. I was only adding up one side and nowhere in any of the hints does anybody mention the rows contains six die faces. Damn you 3D!

As soon as I realised it, it was annoyingly easy...

I guess I'm more 2 dimensional than I thought.

January 14, 2012 9:20 PM

I really enjoyed LIB, but they have gotten WAY too difficult for me. The first few LIBs were very simple, and even I could figure them out. You guys are brainiacs for creating these amazingly difficult puzzles, and my fellow gamers are just brilliant for being able to figure them out. Kudos to you for being able to stare at a bunch of numbers and letters in boxes for hours on end without going stark raving mad.

I liked #4, too. Was able to solve it in 2-D, which was nice :).

Can anyone help me on #2?

I started where the dot stands (and I was careful to match the place of the dot to get the proper cube orientation)... And since there are only two possible ways to get 2 letters in only one space starting in the dot(I think) I got two possible solutions... But none of them works... Any hint?

January 16, 2012 10:13 AM

@Rgandum:

Take the simplest path (that is, fewest turns), but follow the path you take instead of reading top-to-bottom, left-to-right. Or if that's what you've been doing already, make sure the dot is aligned at the start, not just on the same square.

Turns out I wasn't aligning the dot properly... ;)

The #4 was really nice... It makes you laugh when you got the solution!

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