The Bad Monkeys puzzle has been solved...

...twice.

On August 7, 2008, Jutta Degener and her coworkers at Metaweb became the first to submit the correct solution. Jutta’s story of how they did it can be found here.

In honor of the novel’s trade paperback publication, I left the puzzle up and invited fans who hadn’t already tried to take a shot at it. Josh Larios, after obsessing over the puzzle for a couple of months, finally cracked it with the help of some of his friends on October 17, 2008.

If you’d like to try solving the puzzle yourself, you’ll find it here. Be aware, though, that there are no more prizes.

The puzzle was designed using Crossword Express, an extremely versatile program that can create traditional crosswords, Cryptics, Acrostics, Sudoku, Kakuro, and many other puzzle varieties, and output them as graphics files or as Java applets. I used the 7.8a “Professional” version of the software, which I paid for. The programmer has since released a fully enabled freeware version of the software. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re a puzzle fanatic.