It’s Follow-Up Friday: More Apps edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And I’d like to return to the subject of puzzle apps!

On Tuesday, I announced the release of two new puzzle sets for the Penny Dell Crosswords app.

What I didn’t tell you is that today, we’ve got even more new puzzle content for you, as we launch Penny Dell Crosswords Jumbo 2!

Available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch, Penny Dell Crosswords Jumbo 2 offers all the quality crossword solving you’ve come to expect from PuzzleNation.

You’ve got 150 puzzles (ranging from Easy to Medium to Hard), all with our alternate clue feature, Smart Step navigation, and more!

You can check out all the details by clicking here!

But wait, there’s more! On Sunday, in honor of Mother’s Day, PuzzleNation Blog will be offering a free puzzle for everyone to enjoy! Be sure to check your PuzzleNation feeds this weekend to partake in some Mom-celebratory puzzling!

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Penny Dell Crosswords App updates for you and yours!

It’s always exciting to announce an addition to our ever-expanding library of puzzle apps, so you can imagine how stoked I am to present two new puzzle sets for the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

Available for in-app purchase right now, Collection 6 offers 150 puzzles to challenge you! And just in time to honor Mom, our Mother’s Day Deluxe Set offers 35 puzzles sure to test your puzzly mettle!

Not only that, but we’re debuting a new feature for the app itself, as requested by many of our users.

With the Hide Completed Puzzles feature, any magazines you’ve conquered will no longer display in your puzzle library, making it easier to sort and organize your app purchases! (Don’t worry, a single click will unhide them if you wish!)

We’re constantly striving to make our apps better, more engaging, and easier to use, and our latest edition of the Penny Dell Crosswords App is our best yet! Click here to explore our entire library of Crossword content, and as always, details on ALL of our app content can be found on the PuzzleNation homepage!

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PuzzleNation Looks Back at 2014!

The year is quickly coming to a close, and as I look back on the past twelve months, I’m both proud of everything we at PuzzleNation accomplished and optimistic for the year ahead of us.

It’s been both a pleasure and a privilege to explore the world of puzzles and games with you, my fellow puzzle lovers and PuzzleNationers. I’m closing in on my 300th blog post, and I’m even more excited to write for you now than I was when I started.

Over the last year, we explored dice games and tile games, apps and pen-and-paper puzzles. We met designers, constructors, and creative types of all kinds. We cracked brain teasers and tackled mind-bending riddles.

We explored the different roles puzzles have played throughout history, from codebreaking during the American Revolution and the Civil War to Galileo’s anagrams and a Pope who crafted puzzles for the local paper.

We celebrated International TableTop Day, Star Wars Day, the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, the 30th anniversary of Tetris, and the 75th anniversary of Batman, and we were happy to share so many remarkable puzzly landmark moments with you.

We spread the word about numerous worthwhile Kickstarters and Indiegogo campaigns, and along the way, we supported some fantastic causes, like saving a puzzle/game shop in Washington and donating to a campaign to adapt games for colorblind and visually-impaired puzzle/game fans.

And that’s just the blog. PuzzleNation’s good fortune and accomplishments in 2014 went well beyond that.

In February, we launched the Penny/Dell Jumbo Crossword App, our most successful puzzle app to date. In March, we launched Classic Sudoku for the iPad, and in May, we added Classic Word Search for the iPad.

With numerous new puzzle sets (including two launched in December!), we have proudly maintained a steady stream of topnotch puzzle content for our solvers, and we’ve got plenty more on the way in 2015.

Not only that, but in September we relaunched our website, gearing it entirely to providing you with the best mobile puzzle gaming experience around.

And your response has been terrific! We also amassed over a thousand followers for the blog and over 1600 followers of the PuzzleNation Facebook page in 2014, numbers that are both humbling and encouraging.

2014 was our most productive, most exciting, and most creatively fulfilling year to date, and 2015 promises to be even brighter.

Thank you for your enthusiasm, your support, and your feedback, PuzzleNationers. Have a fantastic New Year. We’ll see you in 2015!

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What crosswords have taught me

I’m a huge proponent of puzzles not just being fun, but being great for the brain as well. There are numerous studies (and PuzzleNation blog posts) touting the ways that certain puzzles can keep you sharp and perhaps even stave off developmental issues later in life.

Whether it’s crosswords helping with retrieval of previously learned information or Sudoku exercising your concentration, attention, and formation of new memories, puzzles are good brain food.

And then there are the curious facts and new words we learn simply by solving crosswords and other puzzles.

In the decade plus that I’ve been constructing and editing puzzles, I’ve encountered all sorts of strange vocabulary and interesting trivia that wouldn’t have crossed my path in other fields.

Through proper crossword cluing and fact-checking, I’ve learned the difference between Inuit and Eskimo (and why they are not interchangeable). I’ve learned which Hawaiian islands the nene calls home.

I now know that cows are fed magnets in order to cope with the random bits of wire and other metals that they unintentionally swallow. A puzzle about rationing during World War II taught me that an ordinary piano contains enough steel, copper wire, and brass to make a dozen bayonets, a corps radio, and sixty-six thirty-caliber cartridges.

My Latin has certainly improved from years of studying word etymologies. Did you know that “ita erat quando hic adveni” is Latin for “it was like that when I got here?” That’s a handy phrase to have in your back pocket.

Heck, I now know how pineapples grow because of crosswords. How cool is that?

And it doesn’t stop there.

Crosswords provoke your curiosity and lead you down unexpected avenues of thought. Crossword clues cause you to ask questions you probably never would otherwise, like “Is ‘L.A. Law’ two words or three?” or “Is ‘bat-signal’ hyphenated?”

(Both of those are actual topics of discussion for puzzles of mine in the past.)

What sorts of interesting facts and weird vocabulary have crosswords introduced you to, fellow puzzlers? Let me know! I’d love to hear about it!

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It’s Follow-Up Friday: New Puzzles edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I want to spread the word about our latest Penny Dell Crossword App content!

PuzzleNation Facebook followers got advance notice of this a day or two ago, and it’s time everyone heard! We have two new collections of crosswords available for purchase!

The first is Collection 3, which offers 150 new puzzles across 5 puzzle sets: three under the Penny Press brand (Easy, Medium, and Hard) and two under the Dell brand (Easy and Medium). And all of these puzzles feature our Alternate Clue feature!

And the second is our Winter 2014 Deluxe Set, which offers 30 Easy, Medium & Hard puzzles, as well as 5 unlockable bonus puzzles! The bonus puzzles are revealed after solving puzzles in the set, and to add to the challenge, there are no alternate clues!

Both of these puzzle sets are available for in-app purchase right now!

We’re thrilled to add to our library of quality downloadable content for you, and we can’t wait to show you what else is up our sleeves.

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The new Penny Dell Crosswords App update is here!

I’ve been teasing this announcement for a little while now, and today’s the day! (Well, technically, the DAY happened this past weekend, but today’s the day I’m announcing it. You know what I mean…)

ANYWAY, today I’m proud to announce the release of our new update to the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

Not only have we streamlined the user interface, but we’ve improved our smart navigation system AND updated our puzzle library and puzzle store sections!

[Here’s a side-by-side image of the solving screen
and the puzzle store screen for the iPhone version.]

There’s 150 all-new puzzles for your enjoyment, complete with our signature alt-clue feature! All kinds of puzzle fun awaits you!

And that’s not all! To celebrate the release of the update, for a very limited time, ALL puzzle sets are over 60% off!

PuzzleNation has always been committed to providing the highest quality puzzles and solving experience possible, and with this new update, we are continuing that proud tradition. We hope you enjoy!

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