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Feb 07 2015

Snuffbox Mussel Maze

Weave your way through the snuffbox mussel maze!

Weave your way through the snuffbox mussel maze!

Snufbox Mussel Maze

Original artwork is copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum surface paper.  Made in Michigan.  Built to last.

Copyright 2015 by Robert Hughes

Snuffbox Mussel Maze Solution

Snuffbox Mussel

Download a pdf of the snuffbox mussel wordsearch here!

Download a pdf of the snuffbox mussel maze here!

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Mar 16 2014

June Sucker Maze

June Sucker Maze

June Sucker Maze

The June Sucker is an endangered fish that is only found in Utah Lake, in north central Utah, and the lake’s tributaries.  As recently as 1999 there were fewer than 1000 of these fish living in the wild – a steep decline from the millions present in the early 1800’s.  Recent preservation efforts have increased the number of fish to about 250,000.  These new fish are raised in a man-made hatchery near the lake.  It will take time to see if they will find places to spawn in the wild, and then the sucker may be removed from the endangered species list.

One of the June Sucker’s immenent threats is non-native carp, first released in 1883, that now teem by the millions in Utah Lake.  These carp are no threat to a adult sucker (which may be as big as 2 feet from mouth to tail fin); however, the carp feed on the younger suckers.  Since a June Sucker takes many years to mature, they are susceptible to predation during that time.

In an effort to restore the overall well-being of the Utah Lake ecosystem about 2.5 million carp have been removed from 2011 – early 2014.  Another 3.5 million need to go before there will be a chance of ecological balance in this part of the world.  With proper funding this goal will be met by 2017.  The June Sucker is an indicator species which means it represents the health of the ecosystem it lives in.  Therefore the whole area that it lives in, the 150 square miles or so of Utah Lake, and the surrounding land mass, is in bad shape.

Original artwork is copyright 2014 by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on 9″ x 12″ Bristol white vellum surface paper.  Made in Michigan.  Built to last.

Download a PDF of the June Sucker maze here!

Click here for the solution to the June Sucker Maze.

The June Sucker fish Maze is available on a greeting card here.

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Feb 07 2014

The Wild Cryptomaze!

The Wild Cryptomaze

The Wild Cryptomaze

Cryptomaze instructions: first solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  Then there is an encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key P=D to help decode them both. 
Original concept and artwork by Rob Hughes.

Cryptomaze 016 “The Wild Cryptomaze”.  You’ll see the relevance of the the title, as usual, after you solve the cryptomaze.  In this cryptomaze, the leftover letters are a quote by a famous person.  Have fun solving it!

The artwork here is based on generally filling the interior space of the frame with circles, and then, adding a few more (!) so as to have enough places to put all the letters for the author’s name and his quote.  The original is flawed, and I had to fix the maze in post.  Thankfully, it wasn’t too hard, and reinforces my decision to solve the mazes I make here.  I always double check the letters in the message part; it was the maze that I originally mis-drew.

Artwork and concept by Rob Hughes.  Drawn with india ink on Canson acid free vellum.

You can see the solution to The Wild Cryptomaze here.

Download a PDF of The Wild Cryptomaze here!

 

 

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Jan 31 2014

Cryptomaze 015 “Great Soul”

Cryptomaze 015Cryptomaze instructions: first solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  Then there is an encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key M=G to help decode them both. 

Cryptomaze 015 “great soul” – and the clue in the title doesn’t refer to James Brown either!  The form has varied here from the previous cryptomazes.  The left over letters still have a hidden message in them, but it is harder to uncover.  Can you do it?!

I based the artwork here on a spiral.  The initial circles (as a group) were roughly drawn to fit a spiral shape.  Once I had the circles for the letters in place, I then came up with a phrase that fit the number of circles I’d drawn.  Only I had a phrase two letters longer than the number of circles drawn.  So I drew a couple more.  Since the letters were no longer in neat rows I came up with another way to group the left over letters together so the could be encrypted for the cryptomaze’s message.  Hope you enjoy solving it!

Original artwork drawn by Rob Hughes.  9″ x 12″ Canson Vellum acid-free paper with india ink.  Built to last!

You can see the solution to cryptomaze 015 “Great Soul” here.

Download a PDF of Cryptomaze 015 here!

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Dec 27 2013

Cryptomaze 010: “Focus”

Cryptomaze 010

Cryptomaze 010

Solve the maze to find the cryptogram word.  There is also a encrypted message in the left over letters.  Use the key P=M to help decode them both.

The cryptomaze is a combination of a maze and a cryptogram.  They need your attention to solve: they don’t get solved by themselves!

As always the word and phrase are made with all ages in mind, and have positive meanings.  I hope you enjoy solving the puzzle!

Original artwork drawn by Rob Hughes on Canson Mix Media acid free paper with archival inks.

You can see the solution to cryptomaze 010 here.

Download a PDF of cryptomaze 010 here!

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