New Puzzle Sets and Bundles for the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

On Monday, we announced the February Deluxe puzzle sets for the Penny Dell Crosswords App are available for both our Android and iOS users!

But we’ve got more terrific puzzle content ready and waiting for the PuzzleNation readership!

When you need more puzzles than our usual deluxe puzzle sets offer, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

Our February Deluxe Combo collects 70 puzzles for your solving enjoyment, complete with various difficulty rankings, terrific clues, and quality grids!

And if you’re looking for more February puzzly goodness, we’ve got our February Deluxe Bundle! That’s right, 105 excellent puzzles ready and waiting for solvers!

For the prolific puzzlers and savvy solvers among you, we’ve just launched the perfect puzzle bundle. Collection 19 offers 150 easy, medium, and hard puzzles designed to satisfy and challenge any puzzler!

You can’t go wrong with these awesome deals! PuzzleNation brings you the best puzzle-solving experience available, with topnotch puzzles right in your pocket, ready to go at a moment’s notice! That’s the PuzzleNation guarantee.

Happy solving, everyone!


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New Puzzle Sets for the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

That’s right, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a trio of puzzle sets perfect for puzzly pairs to enjoy!

Each set offers 30 easy, medium, and hard puzzles, plus 5 February-themed bonus puzzles to keep you on your toes! It’s topnotch puzzle content at your fingertips!

And they’re available for both Android and iOS solvers alike!

Treat yourself to these sweet puzzle sets! And happy puzzling!


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Apps you can play in a snap!

Last week, I did a rundown of board games and card games you can play in under 15 minutes. Games that were travel-friendly were also highlighted, since they tend to be quick-to-play and easy-to-learn.

But when it comes to quick-play games that are travel-friendly, you can’t get much easier or more accessible than the puzzle and game apps on your phone! Whether you’re stuck in traffic, trapped at the dentist’s office, or hiding in the bathroom during a family gathering, these are always ready to play!

Naturally, we have to start with the Penny Dell Crossword App! Not only do you have smart navigation to move you to partially filled-in entries and dozens upon dozens of the best crosswords around, but there’s the free daily puzzle for all app users! Plus, it’s available for both Android and iOS users!

For the dice game fans in the readership, Farkle is a quick-play version of Yahtzee. You roll six dice, looking for three of a kind, three pairs, and other key combinations in order to earn points. It’s an easy game to pick up whenever you wish, making it ideal for players on the move.

If you’re a word seek or word search enthusiast, Wordbrain might be right up your alley. This Boggle-style game is all about finding words spelled out in grids. As the grids get bigger, more words are hidden inside, and the difficulty level increases. But when it comes to quick-play games, the early rounds of Wordbrain are tough to match for sheer speed.

[The Boggle variant Ruzzle was also mentioned by several PuzzleNationers.]

7 Little Words is a clued puzzle where you assemble the answers from two- and three-letter chunks in the grid below. It’s a clever variation on crosswords, and it can be surprisingly challenging to cobble together the correct words when you stare at odd letter combinations like NHO or OOV.

For a quick-play resource management game, there’s Mini Metro. It’s up to you to construct and maintain a subway line for commuters. The more you can deliver between stations efficiently, the better. It’s a bright, colorful, engaging way to test your puzzly skills.

[Other puzzly building games include Triple Town, where you combining matching items in threes to build up a neighborhood into a town, and City2048, which applies the same tile-matching as the number game 2048, but in order to build a city.]

Bejeweled Blitz also got several recommendations from members of the PuzzleNation readership. It offers the same pattern-matching that made Bejeweled and Candy Crush such big hits, but does so with only sixty seconds of gameplay. So if you’re looking for some match-3-style gaming without a big time commitment, this might be the puzzle app for you.

Finally, we’ve got Really Bad Chess, a puzzly take on the classic game. The main difference? You don’t know what pieces you’re going to end up with until you start a match. It completely upends most of the strategy that goes along with traditional chess, which makes it endlessly replayable.

Honorable mentions go to QuizUp (a Trivial Pursuit-style trivia game) and Joon Pahk’s Guess My Word, as well as all the board game adaptations like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, and Splendor, that experienced players could play quickly, but don’t necessarily fit the bill.

Are there any favorite quick-play apps of yours that I missed? Let me know! I’d love to hear from you!


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New Puzzle Bundles for the Penny Dell Crossword App!

That’s right, it’s a bonus Wednesday post!

I know we covered all the newest puzzle sets available for the Penny Dell Crossword App last week, but guess what? We’ve got so much great content available that we’re offering special deals on puzzle bundles for both our Android and iOS users!

For the prolific puzzlers and savvy solvers among you, we’ve just launched the perfect puzzle bundle. Collection 18 offers 150 easy, medium, and hard puzzles designed to satisfy and challenge any puzzler!

But maybe you need more. Maybe you’d like to grab every monthly deluxe set from 2016 in one convenient package at a very special discounted price. Well, we’ve got you covered with our 2016 Deluxe Complete Set, assembling 420 puzzles for your perusal and puzzly enjoyment!

Now, 420 puzzles is a great, solid number of puzzles. But can we go one better?

You bet we can.

Our Double Deluxe Complete Set offers the best value with 840 puzzles, spanning both our 2015 and 2016 Monthly Deluxe lineups, and ensuring that your 2017 gets off to a fantastic start with the best puzzles at your fingertips at a special low price!

And today is the perfect time to pick up some more puzzle sets, as we’re running a Big Bundle Flash Sale! Be sure to hustle, because the sale ends soon!

You can’t go wrong with these amazing deals! PuzzleNation is dedicated to bringing you the best puzzle-solving experience available, with topnotch puzzles right in your pocket, ready to go at a moment’s notice! That’s the PuzzleNation guarantee.

Happy solving, everyone!


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New Puzzle Sets for the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

It’s been a little while since we updated you on all of the great new content for the Penny Dell Crossword App, so we decided to dedicate today’s Follow-Up Friday post to sharing all the newest puzzle sets and deals available for both Android and iOS users!

Let’s start off with our new Deluxe Fun Set! It’s loaded with 35 puzzles — easy, medium, and hard, with 5 bonus themed puzzles!

And check out other Deluxe Fun Sets for more great puzzles!

There’s also our January Deluxe Set! You get 30 easy, medium, and hard puzzles, plus 5 January-themed bonus puzzles to keep you on your toes!

And for a little more bang for your buck, check out the January Deluxe Combo Set, which offers double the puzzles at a special low price! That’s right, 70 puzzles awaiting you, crafty solver!

(You can also snag our December Deluxe Combo Set while you’re at it, complete with another 70 terrific puzzles!)

And today is the perfect time to pick up some more puzzle sets, as we’re running a Big Bundle Flash Sale! Be sure to hustle, because the sale ends soon!

With these outstanding puzzle sets to choose from, we proudly continue our efforts to match the lofty standards we’ve set for ourselves in terms of puzzle quality and variety! PuzzleNation means terrific puzzles right in your pocket, and when you nab these puzzle sets, we know you’ll agree!

Happy solving!


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It’s Follow-Up Friday: 2016 Countdown edition!

It’s the final Follow-Up Friday of the year, so what do you say we revisit all of 2016 with a countdown of my ten favorite blog posts from the past year!


#10 Doomsday Prep

One of the big surprises for me this year was discovering that crosswords and puzzle books were hot-ticket items for doomsday preppers. The idea that crosswords belong next to necessities like food, water, shelter, and knowledge was a revealing one, something that gave me great hope for the future, whether we need those caches or not.

#9 Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide

Every year, one of my favorite activities is putting together our Holiday Puzzly Gift Guide. I get to include the best products sent to me for review by top puzzle and game companies, mix in some of my own favorites, and draw attention to terrific constructors, game designers, and friends of the blog, all in the hopes of introducing solvers (and families of solvers) to quality puzzles and games.

#8 A Puzzly Proposal

Our friends at Penny Dell Puzzles once again pulled off a heck of a puzzly coup when an intrepid fellow puzzler asked them for help proposing to his girlfriend with a special Simon Says puzzle.

I reached out to the lucky fiancé and got his permission to share the story with the PuzzleNation readership, and as I learned more about who was involved and how they’d managed to make it happen, I enjoyed the story more and more. Here’s hoping for many happy puzzly years ahead for the young couple!

#7 Puzzle Fort

For International Puzzle Day, I built a fort out of puzzle books.

It was awesome. Definitely one of my favorite puzzly moments of the year.

#6 The End of Sudoku?

The Sudoku boom may be over, but Sudoku remains one of the most popular puzzles in the world, and I got to thinking… when would we run out? I mean, eventually, statistically speaking, every single Sudoku puzzle permutation would get used at some point, so when would that happen?

So, I crunched the numbers, and it turns out, we’ve got centuries before that happens. Still, it was a fun mental puzzle to unravel.

#5 Murder Mystery

At some point this year, I let slip to my fellow puzzlers that I’d written and staged murder mystery dinners in the past, but it had been a while since I’d done anything like that. Naturally, they volunteered to be participants, urging me to stage something in the office.

Eventually, I accepted their challenge, pitting myself against a half-dozen or so of my fellow puzzlers, allowing some of them to investigate while others played a part in the mystery. It was an enormous undertaking and an absolute blast that lasted three days, and it was definitely a highlight of the year for me.

#4 Puzzle Plagiarism

There was probably no bigger story in crosswords all year than the accusations of plagiarism leveled against Timothy Parker. The editor of puzzles for USA Today and Universal UClick. After numerous examples of very suspicious repetitions between grids were discovered in a crossword database compiled by programmer Saul Pwanson and constructor Ben Tausig, Parker “temporarily stepped back from any editorial role” with their puzzles.

Eventually, Parker was removed from any editorial influence on USA Today’s puzzles, but it remains unknown if he’s still serving in a puzzle-related capacity for Universal Uclick. But the real story here was about integrity in puzzles, as many puzzle and game companies rallied to defend their rights as creators. That’s a cause we can all get behind.

#3 Interviewing the PuzzleNation Team

Our recurring interview feature 5 Questions returned this year, but what made it truly special to me was being able to turn the spotlight on some of my fellow puzzlers here at PuzzleNation as part of celebrating 4 years of PuzzleNation Blog. Introducing readers to our programmer Mike, our Director of Digital Games Fred, and yes, even myself, was a really fun way to celebrate this milestone.

#2 ACPT, CT FIG, and Other Puzzly Events

There are few things better than spending time with fellow puzzlers and gamers, and we got to do a lot of that this year. Whether it was supporting local creators at the Connecticut Festival of Indie Games or cheering on my fellow puzzlers at the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament, getting out and talking shop with other creators is invigorating and encouraging. It really helps solidify the spirit of community that comes with being puzzly.

#1 Penny Dell Sudoku and Android Expansion

Those were our two biggest app releases this year, and I just couldn’t choose one over the other. This has been a terrific year for us as puzzle creators, because not only did we beef up our library of Android-available puzzle sets to match our terrific iOS library, but we launched our new Penny Dell Sudoku app across both platforms, broadening the scope of what sort of puzzle apps you can expect from PuzzleNation.

It may sound self-serving or schlocky to talk about our flagship products as #1 in the countdown, but it’s something that we’re all extremely proud of, something that we’re constantly working to improve, because we want to make our apps the absolute best they can be for the PuzzleNation audience. That’s what you deserve.

Thanks for spending 2016 with us, through puzzle scandals and proposals, through forts and festivities, through doomsday prepping and daily delights. We’ll see you in 2017.


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