It’s Follow-Up Friday: Puzzle Celebs 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 #PennyDellPuzzleCelebs 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 over a year now, we’ve been collaborating on puzzle-themed hashtag games with our pals at Penny Dell Puzzles, and this month’s hook was #PennyDellPuzzleCelebs, mashing up Penny Dell puzzles and musicians, athletes, actors, artists, and celebrities galore!

Examples include Sigourney Weaver Words, Bob Rossing and Turning, and Joe Na-Word-Math.

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


Kate All Mixed Upton / Kate Match-Upton

Art Missing Linkletter Score

Evander “The Square Deal” Holyfield

How Many Pacquiao

Willie Word Maze

Andrew Lucky Score

Crackerjack Nicklaus

CrackerJacques Cousteau

Crackerjack Benny

Crackerjack Kerouac

Paul Simon Says

Logic Art Garfunkel

Dr. Fill-In McGraw

Senator Fill-In Gramm

Phil-In Collins

Regis Phil-In

Hulk Hoganagrams

Stanley Sudokubrick / Stanley Kubricks and Mortar

David Boweaver Words

Charlie Chaplinsert-a-Word

Kakurosanne Barr

Marilyn Monroll of the Dice

Word Spiralph Lauren

Missing Fats Dominoes / Fats Domino Theory

Molly Ringerswald

Zigzag Zigler

Alphabet Soupy Sales

Barbie and KenKen

Bingo Crosby

Neil Diamond Mine

Hexagram-ma Moses / Cryptogram-ma Moses

Miss Piggybacks

Keenan Ivory Right of Wayans

Molly Ringmaster

Sher-y-Letter Crow

Simon Cowell Says

Minnie-Crosswords Driver

Two by Two-Pac Shakur

Rich Little Puzzler

Mick-master Jagger

Mary Kay Place Cards / Mary Kay Place Your Number / Mary Kay Places, Please

Kim Kar-“Dash-It”-ian

Caitlyn Jenner-ics

Alicia Keywords

Rows-ie Garden Perez

Kathleen Battleships

Placido Domino

How-ie Many Triangles Mandel / How-ie Man-del Triangles?

Anagram Magic Johnson / Anagram Magic Johnson Squares

William H. Maze-y

Tommy Hil-figgerits

Debra Messing Vowels

Emma Stepping Stones

Sean Penn-cil Pusher

Harrison Ford Square

Guest Ringo Starr / Ringo Starr Sums / Ringo Starr Words

Grand Tori Spelling

KakuRosie O’Donnell

Brick By Bricky Martin

AlphaBetty White Soup

KenKen Jennings

KenKen Watanabe

KenKen Kesey

KenKen Griffey

CarrieFisherOvers

Christo Geography

MaxineWatersPoint

Slide-O-Graham Greene

Plus Forest Whitaker

Bull’s-Eye SpiRalph Nader

Andrew Dice Clay Game

Right of Waylon Jennings / Point the Waylon Jennings

Word-A-Matt Lauer

Ernest Borgnine of Diamonds

Lou Diamond Phillips Rings / Lou Diamond Rings Phillips / Lou Diamond Mine Phillips

AccorDionne Warwick Words

AlphanumeRick Astley

Crypto-LimeRick Springfield

Bette Build-a-PyraMidler

StarspElle Macpherson

Top to BotTom Selleck

ComMonica Seles Bond

DilEmma Watson

Flower Tyrone Power

Quote CalculaTori Amos

KakuRoald Dahl

Group VaLucy Liu

Trevor No-ahcross and Down

Gerard Which Way Words

Wilson Pick-and-Choose It

Star Words Jones

Jack Black-Out

Dash-It Miihok

Tom Mix-Masterwords / Tom Mix-Master

Mixmaster Mike

Eric Clapboard-ton

DJ Logic Problem

Jim Abackus

Diagramnashless

Stevie Ray Vaughn and Diagramless Double Trouble

Lucky Clover Luciano

Grandmasterwords Flash, and his brothers Ringmaster Flash and Scoremaster Flash

Maxi-Headroom-Point

Mirror Imogene Coco

Charlize Take It From Theron

Dave Word Matthews

Mickey Rooney Tunes

John F KenHandy Things

On Your Groucho Marks

Stefanie Flower Powers


There was a submission that deserves its own introduction. One of our intrepid puzzlers went above and beyond with the following pitch:

I nominate Evan Rachel Word Seek.

I hear she’s done great work on the Home Boxes Office show Westwords, in which her character tries to find the Framelinks along her journey to self-discovery, without getting in Double Trouble. She hears a voice in her head, but Who’s Calling? It’s a real Mind Tickler!

She has quite the Dilemma because she needs the Missing Links to use Logic and Deduction while working out the Bits and Pieces Around the Bend towards the Maze until she reaches the End of the Line. What Is It? It’s a Revelation!

Oh god stop me.


And members of the PuzzleNation readership also got in on the fun!

On Facebook, Sandra Halbrook submitted the delightful entries Sela Word Arithmetic, Jude Lawgic Problems, and Marcia Cross Sums, and Brenda L. Reddy brought us the equally fun Ring Around-Rosie-O’Donnell and Bing-Cherry-Crosby.

Have you come up with any Penny Dell Puzzle Celebs entries of your own? Let us know! We’d love to see them!

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Puzzle Vandalism!

[Image courtesy of Milliande.com.]

It’s hard to know sometimes what qualifies as art.

Artists and entrepreneurs are constantly pushing the boundaries of visual and intellectual expression. Everything from paint and stone to light and shadow are used to realize artistic visions. Christo wraps buildings and calls it art.

That can make it tough for those who are less familiar with the fluid definition of art.

There was a famous incident back in May when a seventeen-year-old left his glasses on the floor of an art gallery and many patrons mistook them for an art installation.

This has only grown more complicated with the advent of interactive art pieces. Some works of art can only be viewed from a specific vantage point, while others actively engage patrons.

Recently a woman unintentionally vandalized a piece of art when she mistook it for part of an interactive exhibit.

And wouldn’t you know, that piece of art was based on a crossword puzzle.

[Image courtesy of Thoibao.today.]

The 91-year-old woman was visiting the Neues Museum in Nuremberg with a senior citizens group when she found the piece, “Reading-work-piece” by artist Arthur Koepcke, and began filling in the empty grid.

These days, you can understand her confusion and sympathize with her mistake. I mean, the exhibit did say “insert words,” after all. Those sound like instructions to me.

Plus the grid has remained incomplete since its creation in 1965. It’s about time somebody finished the puzzle.


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