A Puzzle for Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, PuzzleNationers!

Today is a day for celebrating with family and friends, and giving thanks for all the good things in our lives. And we here at PuzzleNation want to thank you, our fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers, because you help make PuzzleNation one of the greatest puzzle communities in the world.

When it comes to saying thanks, a Thanksgiving puzzle seems like the perfect offering.

So we’ve cooked up a little Thanksgiving logic puzzle for you to enjoy!


Four girls — Emma, Taylor, Madison, and Morgan — are waiting for the Thanksgiving dinner.

Each is a different age (8, 9, 10, or 11) and looking forward to eating a different Thanksgiving staple (turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, or pumpkin pie).

Can you puzzle out the age and favorite Thanksgiving food of each girl from the clues below?

  • Madison is looking forward to eating turkey.
  • The girl who likes pumpkin pie is one year younger than Morgan.
  • Emma is younger than the girl that loves turkey.
  • The girl who likes stuffing is two years older than Morgan.

Best of luck unraveling our little food-filled mystery!


Oh, but before we go, don’t forget about the Deal of the Day!

Every single day through the end of 2019, we’ll be offering a special deal for our puzzle apps!

We’re talking sales, discounts, special promotions, the works! And the best part? It’s something exciting and different every single day!

Check out today’s Deal of the Day!

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It’s our Ruby Value Pack, offering 150 terrific crossword puzzles of all difficulties for your puzzling pleasure!

Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled across all our social media (Facebook and Twitter especially!) for new announcements each and every day for the rest of the year!

Happy Thanksgiving and happy solving!


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Brick by Breakfast: The ReHASHtag Game!

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

For years now, we’ve been collaborating on puzzle-themed hashtag games with our pals at Penny Dell Puzzles, and this month’s hook was #PennyDellPuzzlyFoods, mashing up Penny Dell puzzles with meals, drinks, appetizers, desserts, cutlery, and more!

Examples include: Sandwich Way Words, Letterjuiceboxes, and Restaurant Chain Words.

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


What’s Leftovers?

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Soupdoku

Hot Crossbuns Club

Flour Power / Cauliflower Power

Heads of Lettuce & Lobster Tails

LemonHeads & OxTails (The most revolting dish in all the land)

Mystery Meat Word Seek

Secret Mess hall

Pine Cream Cone

Petit Plus Fours / Petit Four-Fit

Cheddar Wheels

Unscrambled Eggs / Scrambled Up Eggs

Egg Drop-Ins Soup

Lemon Drop-Ins

Abacustard

Beat the Crockpot

Cinnamon Roll of the Dice

Tea and Honeycomb

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Banana Split and Splice / Split Peas and Spice

SyrUps and Downs

RingDing Master

Little Debbie Puzzler

Double Bubble Trouble

SunChip Rays / Tequila Sunrays

Crypto-graham crackers / QuotaGraham Crackers / Hexa-grahams

Onion Ringers

Pizza in the Round

Reese’s Bits & Pieces / Bits & Reese’s Pieces / Alphabits and Pieces

Kosher for Passover Jell-Ringers

Jelly Roll of the Dice

English MufFinish the Fours

Piggyback ribs / Piggybacks in a blanket

Hopscotch neat / Hop Butter-scotch / HopScotch and Soda

How Many Lemon Squares? / Anagram Lemon Squares

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Gumdrop-Outs

Picture Pears

Piece by Piece of Cake (or pie or pizza or chocolate or what-have-you)

Where Are They Now? and Laters

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Pulling String Cheese

CrypTic Tacs

DoubleTake Oreos

Half & HalfTime / HalfThyme

Rhyme Thyme

Celery Queen

Easy Crossword Expresso

Penny Pasta

Wheel of Fork-tune

Disco Fries

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Sausage Linkwords

Right of Wafer

Which Wayfer Words

Right of Whey / Point the Whey

Battle-chips

A la mode Words

Full Stomach Circle

Grand Food Tour

Juice Box Jumble / Jukebox Crumble

Key Lime Pie Words

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Mixed Bag of Nuts

Seven-Upside Down Cake

Step by Step Recipe

Dim Sum Triangles

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CereAll Fours

Cashew Know the Odds

RaisIn and Around

Picture Pears

TidBits and Pieces

Trail Mix and Match / Cake Mix and Match

Trail Mix and Mingle / Cake Mix and Mingle

Drive-In and Around

Picnic and Choose

PotLucky Star

Word Maize / A to Z Maize

Circles in the Square Meal

Give and Steak

Triplettuce / Roulettuce

Classifried Adds

BananaGram’s Blackout Pie (her secret recipe!)

Beat the Eight O’Clock Coffee

Lucky Star Cereal (now with unicorn-shaped marshmallows}

For Fido and Fluffy: Kibbles and Bits and Pieces, Fancy Fives Feast


Puzzly Food Orders!

“Places, Please, Sir, I Want Sum-doku More”

“I’ll take a Alphabet soup with a Sudokocoke with light ice!”

“Would you like a Large pint of chick-o-grams with your order sir?”

“Can I get another order of Double Patchcakes? Sorry for the trouble.”

“Missing Dominoes pizza? Dial-A-Gram us at 1-800-T-A-K-E-O-U-T-S or send us a Text Message in Sum Words to Place Your order Number now!”


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

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Overwhelmed by Optical Illusions Underfoot

A good optical illusion is a puzzle for the eyes, a visual treat that tricks you into seeing things that aren’t there. The most convincing optical illusions can even affect your sense of balance and make you question every footstep you take.

For instance, imagine walking into a room and seeing this:

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This is a rug called “Black Hole,” designed by Daniel Malik, and it’ll make you doubt the ground beneath your feet.

Don’t believe me? Check this out:

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And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to optical illusions that can leave you dizzy and spinning.

Austrian artist Peter Kogler specializes in making empty spaces look larger, more twisted, and vertigo-inducingly unsettled.

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Employing the walls, the floor, and the ceiling (along with any structural beams or other objects in the area), Kogler challenges your spacial awareness with lines and imagery that offset your natural depth perception.

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Astonishingly, the few recognizable items in this works — like a hanging lightbulb or even a fellow spectator — enhance the effect, making everything around those steady, relatable objects into an eye in the storm of chaotic imagery.

You no longer trust your ability to gauge height, distance, or even the angle of the room itself, even though you know in your heart that you’re walking on a flat surface.

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We’ve featured some clever floor designs in the past — including one in a school that was designed to keep kids from running in the halls — but nothing on the scale of Kogler’s work.

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It almost makes you nostalgic for the simple trickery of a circular area rug that looks like a tunnel to the center of the Earth, doesn’t it?


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International Games Week is Almost Over!

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All week, libraries around the world have been celebrating International Games Week, an event about bringing people together through games.

Whether we’re talking about games with educational value or just games that help forge friendships (and friendly rivalries), it’s a terrific way to introduce people to new games and fellow gamers. Not to mention it drives attention toward local libraries, which is always a good thing!

As a huge proponent of game-fueled socializing, I love events like this. You can introduce people to games they’ve never seen before — potentially even styles of games they’ve never seen before, like wagering games, cooperative games, and more — and helping to build a community of gamers.

I myself have hosted Dungeons & Dragons demos in the past as a way of introducing new players to one of my favorite pastimes in a way that is welcoming and inclusive, and hopefully inspires them to play again!

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Who knows, you might end up forming a game club, or making new friends, or even discovering something that inspires you to create a game or tell a story on your own!

You can find listings for events all over! For instance, my Friendly Local Game Shop — Gamer’s Gambit in Danbury — is actually providing games to play for the Danbury Public Library, including staff to teach the games and encourage gaming fun in groups.

International Games Week continues tonight and tomorrow, so it’s entirely possible you haven’t missed out on a fun time with fellow gamers! Keep your eyes peeled for events in your area.

And hey, if you’ve already attended a library event for International Games Week, let us know what you did and how it went! We’d love to hear from you!


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The Fold and the Beautiful

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Anyone who has tried to fold up a road map knows that origami is a valuable skill to have. With the right folds, you can transform a few square sheets of paper into practically anything, from cranes that flap their wings and balloons that inflate to frogs that jump.

Origami is truly a puzzly art form with all sorts of unexpected uses in the modern day, providing a unique solution to confounding problems.

For instance, it’s rare to encounter a spacecraft that doesn’t incorporate folding solar panels, wings, or other collapsible/expandable parts that are based on classic origami folds.

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This mechanism, a solar array, is based on a Miura fold. The creation of Japanese astrophysicist Koryo Miura, the Miura fold allows a checkerboard-like field of interconnected parallelograms to unfold like a flower into a large, flat, circular surface.

This design is easily scaled up by adding more pieces to the network of folding peaks and valleys, allowing for different sized circular fields to be formed as needed. The array of motors around the Miura fold work like a Hoberman sphere, one of those expanding plastic toys that blooms outward with ease.

Not only does this allow them to save space for travel (and remain safe in transit), but it maximizes space when unfolded, allowing for greater surface area for energy absorption. The Mars landers, for instance, routinely incorporated folding mechanisms not only for solar panels, but for the landing platforms from which the landers emerged onto the surface.

That sort of space-efficient thinking has led to another unexpected solution, this time for plant lovers.

One recurring problem with plants is that, as they grow, they sometimes require repotting into larger containers. But what if that wasn’t necessary? What if the flower pot could adapt to the needs of the plant?

Once again, origami principles rush to the rescue.

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This is Growth, a resizable origami planter designed by Studio Ayaskan, and it incorporates origami folds into its basic design so that it can expand to fit the needs of a growing plant.

Unlike the Miura fold, Growth relies on a recurring series of triangular folds (possibly a variation of the Yoshimura folding pattern) that allow the piece to balloon outward, increasing the interior space for the plant’s root system to grow.

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This feels like one of those RVs where the ceiling can be raised and the sleeping area expanded out beyond the camper itself, offering greater freedom of movement and more living space than allowed when the RV is closed up for travel.

Watching the unfolding pot accordion outward is thoroughly impressive, and this feels like a smart step forward for all sorts of storage. Imagine a suitcase with a similar design that becomes bigger as needed. That would be super-handy.

As we continue to invent and innovate forward, it’s amazing how new creations can trace their origins back to classic techniques, just applied in a clever new fashion.

That’s the puzzly way, of course.


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Answers to the Punderful Halloween Costume Game!

Halloween has come and gone, but the glorious puns remain.

That’s right, today we’ve got the answers to our latest edition of the Punderful Halloween Costume Game!

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the punny answers!


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It’s Hawaiian Punch!

[Image courtesy of Hikendip.]

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It’s back to the drawing board for this fella!

[Image courtesy of Country Living.]

#3

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It’s Scar-Face!

[Image courtesy of Upbeat News.]

#4

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It’s prime rib!

[Image courtesy of The Kitchn.]

#5

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It’s a Rey of sunshine!

[Image courtesy of Hannah Sloan.]

#6

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Snitches get stitches in this lovely mix of idiom and Harry Potter!

[Image courtesy of sprace.]

#7

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It’s a two-fer here with the cat’s pajamas and the bee’s knees!

[Image courtesy of Devon Prokopek.]

#8

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It’s a creative outlet!

[Image courtesy of Mental Floss.]

#9

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It’s chicken cord on blue (chicken cordon bleu)!

[Image courtesy of Hikendip.]

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It’s Edgar Allan Poe Dameron in this mix of Star Wars and classic literature!

[Image courtesy of rottenartist.]


How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know!

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