It’s Follow-Up Friday: The Puzzle’s The Thing! 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’m posting the results of our #PennyDellShakespearePuzzles hashtag game!

You may be familiar with the board game Schmovie, hashtag games on Twitter, or @midnight’s Hashtag Wars segment on Comedy Central.

For the last few months, we’re been collaborating on puzzle-themed hashtag games with our pals at Penny/Dell Puzzles, and this month’s hook was Penny/Dell Shakespeare Puzzles!

Examples for plays might be “Hamlet-terboxes” and examples for quotes might be “The Stars and Arrows of outrageous fortune.” Anything Shakespearean is up for grabs here!

So, without further ado, check out what the puzzlers at PuzzleNation and Penny/Dell Puzzles came up with!


Puzzly Plays

The Merry Wives of Wizard Words

The Two at a Time Noble Kinsmen / Two by Two Noble Kinsmen

Cymbeline ’Em Up

Timed Framework of Athens

As You Like It Figures

Romeo and Julietterboxes

The Taming of the Shrudoku

Love’s Labour’s Missing List

The Tempest of Sudoku

Romeo and Juliet’s Double Trouble Love Affair

Quotes that Fall into a Winter’s Tale


Puzzly Quotes

“Suit the action to the crossword, the crossword to the action.” (Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 2)

From sonnet 130: “My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the Sunrays.”

“The very substance of the ambitious is merely THE SHADOW of a dream.” (Hamlet)

“Off with their Heads and Tails!” (Richard III)

“To Beat, or not to Beat, the Clock: that is the question.” (Hamlet)

“All Four One, he kissed me. I loved my Blips the better A Perfect Ten days after.”

“But, soft! What light through yonder Window Boxes? It is the east and Juliet is the Sunrays.”

“Frailty, thy name is Word Games.”

“Crosswords do shake the darling buds of May.”

“Alas poor Brick by Brick, I knew him Horatio.”

“Word Play’s the thing to catch the conscience of the king.”

Exit What’s Left, pursued by a bear.

“What a piece of Framework is a man.”

“Bull’s-Eye Spiral of newt.”

“To be or not to be, that is the Big Question.”

“Crosswords pay no debts.”

“A pair of star-Crossword lovers take their life.” (Romeo & Juliet)

From Sonnet 18: “Shall I compare thee to a Right of Way?”

“Double, Double, Toil & Double Trouble.” (Macbeth)

“Where Plus Fours art thou, Romeo?” (Romeo & Juliet)

“To be or not to be…that is the Quotefall.”


Someone even offered up a puzzly version of one of Shakespeare’s most popular characters, Quotefallstaff.

Plus our fellow puzzlers on Twitter offered up some terrific entries themselves! @CheriPalmisano submitted a quote — “My cherry lips have often kissed your bricks…(by brick) which are stuck together with cement” — and hashtag warriors @HereLetty and @aLICIaR802 joined in the fun with “In my mind’s Bull’s Eye Spiral” and “The Comedy of Errors: Me when I do a logic problem” respectively!

Have you come up with any Penny/Dell Shakespeare Puzzles of your own? Let us know! We’d love to see them!

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