Episode 151″ – Puzzle Masters Eric Berlin and Joe Bohanon
Original Air Date – March 23, 2022
Dave and Ethan welcome puzzle masters Eric Berlin and Joe Bohanon to the podcast. Eric constructed a crossword puzzle with Weird Al for the New York Times, and together, Eric and Joe were part of a very special and obscure Weird Al appearance at the 2022 MIT Mystery Hunt. Johnny O’Hern also pops in to discuss Weird Al’s new project with American Greetings.
Links to supporting material and puzzles that we mention in this episode:
- Reward Video featuring Weird Al for “Shopping List” correct answer
- MIT Mystery Hunt 2022 “Shopping List” Puzzle (the Weird Al food puzzle)
- Eric Berlin’s NYT crossword puzzle co-constructed with “Weird Al” Yankovic: “The Cheesy Film Festival” (April 4, 2018)
- Old Weird Al-Related MIT Mystery Hunt Puzzle transcribed by Joe Bohanon
Eric Berlin is a puzzle maker whose puzzles have appeared in The New York Times and Games Magazine.
Joe Bohanon is a PhD mathematician who regularly participates in The MIT Mystery Hunt as part of Team Palindrome.