About two years ago, I converted Blindfold Spin And Solve – a variant of Wheel of Fortune – into a braille game. It’s now going to be featured in a book.
In braille, there are 6 dot positions, where each letter corresponds to a different combination of dots. For example, the letter “A” is dot position 1, and the letter “R” is dot positions 1,2,3 and 5. Because braille takes up much more space than printed letters, books may be 5 to 10 times as large.
To solve that, contracted braille offers a shorthand for commonly used words or word fragments. The single word “AF”, represented by the braille dots for the letter “A” followed by the braille dots for the letter “F” translates to the word “AFTER”. The braille dots 1,2,3,4 and 6 translates to the fragment “AND”, which can be used in the word CANDY. The contracted braille for CANDY is: dots 1,4 for the letter “C”, dots 1,2,3,4,6 for the fragment “AND” and the dots 1,3,4,5,6 for the letter “Y”.
As you swipe from word to word, the game tells you how many letters in the uncontracted word, and how many cells in the contracted form. The contracted form of the word “CANDY” is the letter C, the dot pattern for the fragment “AND”, and the letter Y. As you swipe on the word CANDY, the game tells you the contracted form has 3 cells, and the uncontracted form has 5 letters.
The game also gives you hints to make it easier. If you guess a letter that’s not in the contracted word, but is in the uncontracted word, it tells you. With the contracted form of the word “CANDY”, if you guess the letter “N”, the game tells you that the letter “N” is in the uncontracted form of the word, but it’s not in the puzzle.
I’ve been collaborating with Anna Dresner to improve ithe game; she’s writing a book on educational apps and will be mentioning several of the Blindfold Games, including Braille Spin and Solve.
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