A Puzzly Story for the Whole Family!

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

In honor of a day dedicated to family and giving thanks for the many blessings in our lives, I’ve got a puzzly story to share with you.

Let’s start with a brain teaser: Samuel was born first, but his twin brother Ronan is older. How is that possible?

[Image courtesy of Cape Cod Healthcare’s Facebook page.]

The answer? When Daylight Savings Time gets involved.

In the early hours of Sunday, November 6, Emily Peterson was at the hospital with her husband Seth, delivering twin boys. But after the birth of her son Samuel, the time change got involved and made the blessed event a tiny bit stranger.

From an article on Fox News, passed along to me by friend of the blog Gina Kanter:

Emily Peterson gave birth to the first baby, Samuel, at 1:39 a.m., before clocks turned back at 2 a.m. […] Then, 31 minutes later, she delivered Ronan. Because Ronan’s birth came after the time change, his official birth time was 1:10 a.m., not 2:10 a.m.

And although one of the nurses said she’s never seen something like this in 40 years of work as a nurse, the father wasn’t surprised. “I said earlier that night that they were either going to be born on two different days or the time change was going to come into play.”

Of course, we know which child is actually older, but when you look at the delivery times and then ask who is older, it makes for a great story. It’s not every child that inspires a brain teaser on his day of birth, so kudos to Ronan and Samuel for creating a wonderful little puzzly gem.

Have a marvelous holiday!


And don’t forget, our Penny Dell Sudoku app contest ends at midnight tonight! Click here for the full details!


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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!


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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.

Solve this puzzle and you’re off to San Diego Comic-Con! UPDATE: *SOLVED*

Time is of the essence, so we’re doing a special Sunday post!

The biggest film, TV, comics, and geek culture convention in the world is undoubtedly San Diego Comic-Con, and as you’d expect, tickets can be pretty hard to come by.

But guess what, puzzle fans and PuzzleNationers! Two 2016 San Diego Comic-Con 4-day passes are up for grabs, and only puzzly types have a chance to win them!

You need to solve the following puzzle:

It’s certainly a challenge, but I have absolute faith in the PuzzleNation audience’s solving skills.

From the Geek and Sundry announcement:

Once you have it figured out, you’ll know what to do next. Everything you need to know is in the puzzle. The first person to follow the instructions encoded in the correct answer will win the badges and be the envy of their friends.

So get to work on cracking that code and we hope to see you in San Diego. In case you miss out on these tickets, make sure you check out their Facebook page in case any other puzzles drop out of the sky.

Good luck, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!


Well, it turns out I was late to the game with this post. It’s already been solved.

For anyone interested, here’s the solution:

The three digit numbers are zip code prefixes. The number before them corresponds to the position of the letter in the name of the zip code’s city. The message reads “send to prizesatcomicdashcondotorg the word fortyseven in the subject line to win.”

Pretty impressive solving right there. Congrats to whoever cracked it first!


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It’s Follow-Up Friday: ACPT View a Clue answers!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

Follow-Up Friday is an opportunity to look back on past posts and puzzly topics. Whether we’re updating you with new developments, providing answers to a previously posted brain teaser or puzzle, or simply revisiting a subject with a fresh perspective, Follow-Up Friday lets us look back and look forward.

In today’s post, I’ve got the answers to last Friday’s pre-ACPT edition of the View a Clue game!


If you recall, we selected ten animals that commonly show up in crossword grids — some have become crosswordese at this point — to see if the PuzzleNation audience could identify them from pictures.

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


#1 (3 letters)

Answer: GNU, also known as a wildebeest

#2 (4 letters)

Answer: LYNX, a wild cat native to the colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere

#3 (6 letters)

Answer: ONAGER, a wild Asian donkey-like animal

#4 (4 letters)

Answer: RHEA, a flightless South American bird

#5 (6 letters)

Answer: IMPALA, an African antelope

#6 (9 letters)

Answer: SPRINGBOK, an African gazelle

#7 (4 letters)

Answer: ZEBU, a humpbacked bull native to India

#8 (5 letters)

Answer: COYPU, a South American beaverlike rodent, also known as a nutria

#9 (4 letters)

Answer: KUDU, another type of African antelope

#10 (5 letters)

Answer: HYRAX, a rodent-sized relative of the elephant, native to Africa and Asia


How did you do? Let us know in the comments below!

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Follow-Up Friday: ACPT View a Clue edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

Follow-Up Friday is an opportunity to look back on past posts and puzzly topics. Whether we’re updating you with new developments, providing answers to a previously posted brain teaser or puzzle, or simply revisiting a subject with a fresh perspective, Follow-Up Friday lets us look back and look forward.

In today’s post, we’ve got another edition of the View a Clue game!

In fact, the PuzzleNation audience is getting the first look at the View a Clue game I’ve put together for the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament this weekend!

We’ve got ten animals that commonly show up in crossword grids — some have become crosswordese at this point — and I want to see if the PuzzleNation audience can identify them from pictures. It’s a visual puzzle I call View a Clue!

And, as an extra treat, people who submit their answers will have a chance to win a copy of Scrimish, provided by the creative team behind that terrific card game!

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


#1 (3 letters)

#2 (4 letters)

#3 (6 letters)

#4 (4 letters)

#5 (6 letters)

#6 (9 letters)

#7 (4 letters)

#8 (5 letters)

#9 (4 letters)

#10 (5 letters)


Submit your answers in the comments below (or reach out to us across all of our social media platforms) for a chance to win! Good luck, and enjoy!

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