A PuzzleNation Anniversary Scavenger Hunt!

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On Tuesday, I waxed nostalgic on the five-year anniversary of PuzzleNation Blog and all the amazing, curious, puzzly adventures we’ve shared.

So when it came time to conjure up an idea to celebrate the day in question, I wanted to do something appropriately puzzly.

And I think I’ve got it.

I have five trivia questions for you. The answers to all five have been featured in some of the most popular, most shared, most visited posts in the history of the blog.

Consider this a trivia scavenger hunt, and the blog is your realm to explore. (Though there will be clues on where to begin your search.)

Answer all five questions AND include links to the posts in which you found the answers, and you’ll be in the running to win a terrific prize in honor of our five-year bloggiversary!

So, without further ado, let’s get to it!


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PuzzleNation Anniversary Trivia Scavenger Hunt

1.) One of my favorite recurring features is Puzzles in Pop Culture, where I explore puzzly moments in television, film, and literature. We’ve discussed Sherlock, Hell’s Kitchen, and even Gilmore Girls in installments of Puzzles in Pop Culture.

Question: How do you solve the four gallons of water puzzle?

2.) You can’t talk about puzzles without also discussing games, because there’s so much overlap between the two. Game reviews from a puzzle solver’s perspective have become a part of the fabric of PuzzleNation Blog, as has creating your own puzzles and games from scratch.

Question: What’s the name of the DIY game that only requires a bunch of identical blank pieces of paper (like index cards) and something to write with?

3.) Naturally, if you’re going to talk puzzles, Sudoku is going to be part of the conversation sooner rather than later. We’ve not only explored the history of Sudoku here, but we’ve been a part of it, debuting brand-new Sudoku variants created by topnotch constructors.

Question: What do you call two overlapping Samurai Sudoku?

4.) A fair amount of puzzle history, both past and present, has been covered here over the last five years. We’ve examined cryptography in the American Revolution, the Civil War, both World Wars, and beyond. We’ve celebrated the one-hundredth anniversary of the crossword. And we’ve even discussed scandals in the puzzle world.

Question: What are the names of the programmer and crossword constructor who first uncovered the curious pattern of puzzle repetition in USA Today and Universal Uclick puzzles that eventually led to the ouster of Timothy Parker?

5.) In the Internet age, memes and fads appear and disappear faster than ever. A picture or a joke or a news story can sweep the world in a matter of hours, and then vanish forever. On a few occasions, the Internet has become obsessed with certain optical illusions, and we’ve done our best to analyze them from a puzzler’s perspective.

Question: The creators of The Dress appeared on what talk show to put the mystery to bed once and for all?


Our Trivia Scavenger Hunt will run until midnight EST next Wednesday, August 23rd. You can submit your answers (plus links) in the comment section here, or contact us on any of our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, wherever!

Good luck, and happy puzzling!


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The Thinker’s Theme Pack, a new puzzle set for the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

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It’s been a terrific month for the Penny Dell Crosswords App, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

With our February Deluxe puzzle sets, February Deluxe Combo, and February Deluxe Bundle, we’ve continued to deliver the quality cluing and topnotch themes you expect from PuzzleNation for both Android and iOS users.

All of that February fun is still available for those who missed it, and now we’re excited to welcome March with an all-new puzzle series!

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This is the Thinker’s Theme Pack.

It’s loaded with 30 Easy, Medium, and Hard puzzles for solvers of all levels of experience, but that’s not all. For every six puzzles you solve, you unlock a bonus puzzle!

So the most intrepid solvers will earn 5 bonus puzzles for their puzzly efforts!

Strap on those thinking caps and keep your fingers limber, because the Thinker’s Theme Pack awaits.

Happy solving, everyone!


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Reminder: Sudoku App Contest Ends Tomorrow!

Just a friendly reminder to you, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers, that the contest to celebrate the release of our new Penny Dell Sudoku app ends tomorrow night! (That’s midnight, November 24, 2016, aka Thanksgiving night for our American solvers!)

How do you enter the contest? Well, it couldn’t be simpler! Just click this link or the picture below to sign up for our PuzzleNation Newsletter!

Not only will you be entered into the contest to win an in-app promo code for the Penny Dell Sudoku app, but you’ll also get all of the articles, updates, and terrific bonus content from our Newsletter, delivered right to your mailbox! It’s a win-win and completely free!

Good luck and happy solving, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!


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Contest details: No purchase necessary to enter. One entry per person, please. We are not responsible for entries that are not received. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on November 24, 2016. The information you provide will only be used to notify winners and be entered into the PuzzleNation newsletter email mailing list. Must be 18 to participate. If selected as winner, you must respond to notification email or phone call with mailing address to receive prize.

New Sudoku App!

Oh yes, the Sudoku revolution has come to your phones and tablets! Say hello to the new Penny Dell Sudoku app, available for both iOS and Android users!

This free app is loaded with terrific Easy, Medium, Hard, and Expert puzzles from our friends at Penny Press and Dell Magazines, who have been creating Sudoku puzzles longer than anyone! (Heck, Dell Magazines was the original publisher of Sudoku, dating back to 1979!)

With four difficulty settings to choose from, this app fits solvers of every age and experience level! You’re guaranteed to find the right Sudoku puzzle for you.

Bonus features include a timer to clock your solving speed, hints to point out errors or help you when you’re stuck, and a dynamite help section to walk new solvers through cracking their first Sudoku puzzle!

And to celebrate the release of this terrific new app, we’re holding a contest!

How do you enter? Well, it couldn’t be simpler! Just click this link or the picture below to sign up for our PuzzleNation Newsletter!

Not only will you be entered into the contest to win an in-app promo code for the Penny Dell Sudoku app, but you’ll also get all of the articles, updates, and terrific bonus content from our Newsletter, delivered right to your mailbox! It’s a win-win and completely free!

This contest will run until midnight, November 24, 2016 (aka Thanksgiving night), and we’ll announce five winners the following Monday, November 28, 2016!

The new Penny Dell Sudoku app is an exciting addition to our puzzle library, and we know whether you’re an iOS user or an Android user, you’ll absolutely love it!

Happy solving, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!


Thanks for visiting PuzzleNation Blog today! Be sure to sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date on everything PuzzleNation!

You can also share your pictures with us on Instagram, friend us on Facebook, check us out on TwitterPinterest, and Tumblr, and explore the always-expanding library of PuzzleNation apps and games on our website!

 

Contest details: No purchase necessary to enter. One entry per person, please. We are not responsible for entries that are not received. Entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM on November 24, 2016. The information you provide will only be used to notify winners and be entered into the PuzzleNation newsletter email mailing list. Must be 18 to participate. If selected as winner, you must respond to notification email or phone call with mailing address to receive prize.

New puzzle sets for the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

Hello puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

Yes, I know, we already bombarded you with terrific puzzle content today, but the puzzle goodness just won’t stop! We’ve got two new puzzle sets for your enjoyment!

That’s right! Just in time for the long Labor Day weekend we’ve got our September 2016 Deluxe Set! You get 30 easy, medium, and hard puzzles, plus 5 themed bonus puzzles!

And it’s available for both Android and iOS solvers! Puzzles for everyone! More than enough to keep you puzzling all weekend long!

But that’s not all!

New to both iOS and Android, Deluxe Fun Set 7 is loaded with 30 easy, medium, and hard puzzles, plus 5 bonus puzzles! It’s the perfect puzzly end to a great summer!

We’re proud to present two terrific additions to our ever-expanding lineup of puzzles, guaranteed to match the high standards of quality, solvability, and fun that typify the PuzzleNation brand!

All this, plus a new edition of the PuzzleNation Newsletter just went out, so check your inboxes! How can you go wrong?


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You can also share your pictures with us on Instagram, friend us on Facebook, check us out on TwitterPinterest, and Tumblr, and explore the always-expanding library of PuzzleNation apps and games on our website!

It’s Follow-Up Friday: New Puzzle Set 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, we’re talking about our flagship product, the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

This has been a great summer for us and the app! Not only are we offering a free daily puzzle to all of our users, but we’ve added a new collection to our library of puzzles for in-app purchase!

Collection Eight features 150 puzzles, collected in 5 different 30-puzzle sets: Penny Easy, Penny Medium, Penny Hard, Dell Easy, and Dell Medium! This value pack contains all five of those sets and saves you 30% over buying them individually! It’s more puzzle bang for your puzzle buck!

Click here to check out all of the terrific features of the app AND all of our available puzzle sets! You can’t go wrong with PuzzleNation and the Penny Dell Crosswords app! Enjoy!

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