This puzzle is one of my "blended" puzzles. One of the qualities that Dickens is known for is his aptly named characters. This matching puzzle will introduce the "doer" to 14 of such characters as well as the five novels/novelettes that they occur in. It might make a nice introductory (or finishing) puzzle to any Charles Dickens work(s) discussed in class. I've included it in my packet of six puzzles centering about Dickens' A Christmas Carol. The student/doer is asked to match 14 characters (in a left hand column) with the novel/novelette that they occurred in (in a right hand column). When connected the line segment will pass through a number and a letter . . . which enables the student to discover a "secret message" - words of wisdom from Charles Dickens.
I label it as a "blended puzzle" since, if the puzzle-doer has no idea of which novel the character might have occurred in, I have included a mathematical way (by simplifying arithmetic expressions with powers/exponents in them) to match the character with the novel. The procedure is explained in the directions along with a method to mentally square numbers ending in five. Do not fear for mathematical difficulty. The expressions are such that students from seventh grade through twelfth grade should easily be able to handle . . . though I DO hope the older students can simplify most of what I've provided mentally with little scratch work.