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!

Let’s take a look at those punny answers!


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She’s the travel bug!

[Image courtesy of Haley Dodds/weregoingtomakeit.]

 

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They’re party animals!

 

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She’s Card-E Bee (aka Cardi B)!

[Image courtesy of Samara/silly_samy.]

 

#4

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It’s The Devil Wears Prada!

[Image courtesy of Angela Jeanneau.]

 

#5

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They’re candy rappers!

 

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She’s Judy Garland!

[Image courtesy of Hannah Madeleine Goodman/hannahsopranah.]

 

#7

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She’s a bear-ista!

[Image courtesy of MILI/milibabes.]

 

#8

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She’s Space Jam!

[Image courtesy of Soriah Sobbizadeh/sobbi.insurance.]

 

#9

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Meat and Greet!

[Image courtesy of Sarah Pearce/sarahcrowe27.]

 

#10

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She’s spoiled milk!

[Image courtesy of MILI/milibabes.]


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

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A Spooky Video Game Urban Legend: Solved!

It’s strange that puzzles and games don’t seem to have urban legends attached to them, even though they’ve been with us for so long.

I mean, sure, there’s palindromes believed to have magical powers… and cursed puzzle boxes like in the Hellraiser films… but I can’t think of any pervasive urban legends around modern puzzles and games.

It strikes me as odd because there are plenty about video games, which are a relatively new art form, generally speaking. There are stories about haunted Legend of Zelda cartridges and sinister destructive secret characters in Minecraft.

There’s the supposed Madden Curse (where athletes who appear on the cover of Madden games end up suffering poor seasons or getting injured), and even the conspiracy stories about an arcade game called Polybius that government agents used to download game data from in the 1980s.

Recently, an urban video game legend was put to rest.

It starts, as many urban legends, bits of folklore, and spooky stories do, with a hazy recollection. There’s a forum on Reddit cleverly titled “Tip of my joystick,” where people can post details about a game whose name they don’t remember, and the other posters help them remember it.

The post was about one of those complete-a-task/farming-style games, like Animal Crossing, Stardew Valley, or Farmville.

Except it had an appropriately sinister twist, like something out of a Hitchcock movie or an episode of a weekly crime drama like Criminal Minds or Bones.

At one point, the player gets into an argument with their wife and kills her. The game continues as a farm simulator, except you periodically have to hide the body from police.

This was clearly meant to be a darkly tongue-in-cheek game mechanic, almost Weekend at Bernie’s-esque. Obviously, this game wouldn’t be for everyone. You might even think people were purposely creating a dark urban legend of their own by making this post in the first place.

But the fellow posters of r/tipofmyjoystick tried their darnest to figure out the identity of this game. Some asked questions for further details, while others suggested possible games, but were quickly proved wrong.

The game remained unidentified for several years, coming to be known as “that evil farming game,” even getting its own dedicated reddit forum.

The original poster, at one point, finally concluded at one point that they must have dreamt the game, or misremembered something while half-asleep.

In the years before the Internet became the prolific searching and information tool it is now, I had plenty of experiences describing random TV episodes or b-movies that people presumed I had made up or dreamt up while home sick on the couch from school. (One particular episode of MacGyver involving a hidden temple with traps and a giant blue gemstone, for instance, was a joke in my group of friends for years until I could finally point to the episode on Netflix or the episode page on IMDb to prove its existence.)

So what was this “evil farming game” the original poster remembered? Was it real? Or a sleepy invention?

Well, it turns out it was neither.

Diligent posters and game fans went looking through the video library of a YouTuber called Vinesauce after the original poster mentioned watching it often. And they found a video where Vinesauce jokingly suggested a farming style game with the grim addition to the gameplay.

The original poster misremembered this as a real game, and started the ball rolling on an Internet video game urban legend that lasted half a decade.

It turns out, our brains are good at this sort of thing — convincing ourselves that what we half-remember is real — and this urban legend evolved as something similar to the Mandela Effect, a mass misremembering of something.

Two prominent examples of the Mandela Effect from recent history are the Berenstain Bears (which many people swear should be the BerenSTEIN bears) and the movie Shazaam staring Sinbad, which never existed. (They’re misremembering the Shaquille O’Neal genie movie Kazaam from 1996.)

So, this spooky mystery was solved, but perhaps a more interesting mystery — how the original poster’s brain created this fake game in his memory — stands in its place.

I found this story both fascinating and charming — if a little morbid — and I thought it would be the perfect puzzly conclusion to the Halloween season.

Have you ever misremembered something like this, fellow puzzlers, or experienced something similar to the Mandela Effect? Or are there any urban legends about puzzles and games that we should know about? Let us know in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from you.


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A Punny Costume Challenge Full of Tricks and Treats for Halloween!

Happy Halloween, puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

One of the best things about Halloween is guessing what people’s costumes are. Clever costumes can be great fun, and I’m a huge fan of costumes that only cost a few bucks to put together, because they really let your creativity shine through.

Punny costumes lend themselves to the low-budget costume genre brilliantly. So it’s only appropriate that we celebrate Halloween in the puzzliest way possible — by looking at some punny costumes!

It’s simple. I post a picture, and you guess what the costume is.

For example:

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She’s the family breadwinner!

I’ve compiled ten costumes for you to figure out. Let’s see how many you can get!


PuzzleNation’s Punderful Halloween Costume Game!

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#3

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#4

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#5

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#6

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#7

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#8

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#9

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#10

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[All photos will be accredited in our answer post next week!]


How many did you get? Have you seen any great punny costumes we missed? Let us know in the comments section below. We’d love to hear from you. And Happy Halloween!

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Ooooh woooooo, Werewolves and Puzzlin’: A Puzzly Hashtag Game

You may be familiar with the board game Schmovie or hashtag games on Twitter.

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 #PennyDellScaryPuzzles. Today’s entries all mash up Penny Dell puzzles, magazines, and products with scary movies, costume ideas, monsters… anything spooky or Halloween-fueled!

Examples include Carrie-Overs, Fright Angles, or Ghost Star Framework.

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


Scary Puzzly Movies!

SudoCujo

Nightmare Around the Block from Elm Street

Creature from the Blackout! Lagoon

Little Puzzler of Horrors

Strateg-eepers Creepers

Frankenstein’s Monster: Assembly Required

Tales from the Cryptic Crossword / Cryptogram / Crypt-o Zoo

The Picture This of Dorian Gray

What’s the Last House on the Left?

Who’s Calling From Inside the House?

Whatever Happened to Baby Chain Words?

The Texas Chain Words Saw Massacre / The Texas Jigsaw Puzzle Massacre

I Know What You Did Last Sum-Doku

At 6’s and Se7en’s

Se7en-Up

The Murders in the Rue-lette

Bricks And Mortar (In The Cask Of Amontillado) / The Cask of Amontillado II: Brick by Brick

The Living and the Dead Colors

Colorful Escapes from Witch Mountain

Rows Garden’s Baby

Friday the 13xt

Out of a Quiet Place / A Quiet Place, Please

The Ringers

The Blair Which Way Words Project

Children of the Four Corners

Invasion of the Mix and Matchers

The Triplexorcist

Triple Child’s Play

Psychode Names

The Wizard of A to Z Maze (with The Wicked Witch Way Words of the West)

Addams Family Ties

First and Last Horror Movie

A Nightmare on 3 Across

Night of the Living Heads & Tails


Puzzly Monsters and Menaces!

Slay That Again?

Quote Draculator

Word-A-Bat

Scoremonster

Black Categories

Goblips

Bricks and Morticia

Werewolf Are They Now?

Frank the Rabbits and Pieces

Crypt-Keeper Frame

How Many Tarantulas

Insert A Worm

Lucky Cleaver

Aba-chupacabra-cus!

Sudoghoul

Spook-Doku

Clown Around the Bend

Leatherface to Face

Witch Way Words

Ghoulette


Puzzly Spooky Stuff and Halloween Fun!

Casting a Spelldown

Anagram Black Magic Squares

Crypt Crossword

Pushing Up Daisy

Summoning Circle Sums

Die-agramless Fill-In

Esc-Hell-ators

Four Coroners

Candy Bowl Game

Four Candy-Corners

Caramel Bits & Reese’s Pieces

Three-D Corn Maze

Tricks and Mortar

Bricks and Horror

Pumpkin Patchwords

Fear & Scare Word Seek

Missing Howls Word Seek

On the Ghost Word Seek

Itt Figures

Haunted Mirror Image

Crypto-Curse

Trade-Coffin

Double, Double Toil and Trouble

“Double Trouble! Double Trouble! Fingers burn through all them puzzles!”


As always, one of our contributors went above and beyond, creating a cryptic crossword clue AND still managing to slip in some #PennyDellScaryPuzzle-themed wordplay! Check it out

Question: Abandoned Louisiana home, runs to find a change of scene? (6)
Answer: Ruston

How cool is that? They also offered up this explanatory fun fact:

The city of Ruston, Louisiana is mentioned several times on the HBO series True Blood, an American fantasy horror drama TV show about vampires. It is also home to the Screaming Woods Haunted Trails, a spooky 2-mile Halloween trail that is lit up only by tikis!


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

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Puzzly Tombstones for October 1st!

[Image courtesy of How To With Kristin.]

It’s October 1st, and for many folks, it’s the official start of the spookiest of seasons, aka the lead-up to Halloween.

One of the things I really enjoy about the weeks before Halloween is seeing the decorations go up, and wondering just how elaborate they’re going to get. One house near me does a big fake spider web every year that’s made out of rope and dominates half of their yard!

But it’s the little fake tombstones that get me. It’s a simple thing, but I quite enjoy how people always put something interesting on them. Sometimes it’s funny inside jokes, or silly punny names like Bart Simpson would use to prank Moe the bartender on The Simpsons.

And it occurs to me that we as puzzlers could get in on this. Puzzly tombstone decorations! Why not?

Here are a few real-world examples to spark some ideas for you.

This gorgeous design adorns the gravestone of Michael and Elisabeth Ayrton. He was a painter and sculptor, and she was a writer.

It’s simple, but quite lovely.

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If you wanted, you could recreate this puzzly tribute that took passersby a century to finally unravel.

In a similar vein, this tombstone hides a simple message in thousands of different ways, if you know where to get started.

You could hide a coded message on them, like James Leeson did with his own tombstone in the Trinity Churchyard in Manhattan.

You could even offer a riddle or puzzly epitaph for people to solve, like this one found on the gravestone of Henry Rogers in Christchurch Priory in Dorset.

So what do you think, fellow PuzzleNationers? Will you be decorating with any puzzle-inspired tombstones? Or maybe you have something else that’s puzzle-inspired in store for Halloween.

Let us know in the comments section below! We’d love to hear from you.


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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!


#1

It’s universal healthcare!

#2

They’re Halls and Oats!

#3

She’s Oscar buzz!

#4

This twosome is Garth Vader and Obi-Wayne Kenobi!

#5

She’s eye candy!

#6

It’s Popeye the Sailor Moon!

#7

He’s Alice in chains!

#8 and #9

This clever pairing of dual dueling costumes is Captain Kirk Cobain and Santa Jaws!

#10

She’s a seal of approval!


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