Cthulhu Word Puzzle – Or Is It Concrete Poetry?

The puzzle: how many times does the word “Cthulhu” appear in the square? There is more than one correct answer, depending on what rules you use.  The rules are (pick one):

1) All the letters for each instance of “CTHULHU must be in a straight line.  No turns are allowed.  Or,

2) You are allowed to take one diagonal turn in mid-word.  Each instance of “CTHULHU” does not have to be in a straight line.  Or,

3) You are allowed to take multiple diagonal turns in each instance of “CTHULHU.”  The word does not have to be in a straight line.

Rule 1 is easy.  I haven’t taken the time to figure out the answer using Rule 2.  A mathematician would probably have to calculate the answer using Rule 3.

Don’t forget: Cthulhu Lies Dreaming…



About David Barker

David Barker is the author of two works of weird horror fiction written in collaboration with W. H. Pugmire: The Revenant of Rebecca Pascal and In the Gulfs of Dream & Other Lovecraftian Tales (both books were published by the now defunct Dark Renaissance Books, but copies are still available from Dark Regions Press.) Barker and Pugmire also collaborated on a Lovecraftian horror novel, Witches In Dreamland, which will be published by Hippocampus Press, possibly in late 2017. Recently, his stories and poems have appeared in Fungi, Cyaegha, Spectral Realms, The Art Mephitic, The Audient Void, The Indiscriminate Mixture and on Shoggoth.net. He has a short story in the weird fiction anthology, Nightmare's Realm, edited by S. T. Joshi and published in 2017 by Dark Regions Press. He also has published several works of horror and bizarro fiction as Kindle ebooks, including the bizarro zombie novel Dead Guys in Packards. Together with Jordan Hofer, David Barker has written two nonfiction books about UFOs and alien abduction: Little Gray Bastards (published in 2016 by Schiffer Publishing) and Unidentifiable Flying Objects (due in Fall 2017 from Schiffer.)
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