A Puzzle Zoo Created By You!

As you know, from time to time we host puzzly contests. Oftentimes, those contests involve not only our in-house personnel (as well as our friends at Penny/Dell Puzzles), but the marvelous PuzzleNation community as well.

This time around, we challenged our fellow puzzlers to come up with animals and attractions for a Puzzly Zoo. The entries had to involve puzzles featured either by Penny/Dell Puzzles or PuzzleNation, and we thought we’d collect all of the entries here for everyone’s enjoyment!

And we ended up with a menagerie of different submissions, including carnival barker-esque promotional announcements, animals, drawings, and even a poem! (Good thing it’s not a petting zoo, people would be cutting themselves on the razor-sharp wit around here!)

Shall we see what zoo-rific delights our fellow puzzlers cooked up for us? Let’s go!

“Welcome and thanks for Dropping-In! Today, I’ll be your Grand Tour guide as we Explore-A-World full of excitement around the Penny Publications Zoo!

The list of activities includes a visit to the Accordion Worms farm, a sneak peak at the North & South polar bear exhibit, and taking an unforgettable trip to the Crackerjack-rabbits den.

To finish up, we’ll have just enough of a Timed Frame to stop at the aquarium and see the Starfish and Arrow show. Be sure to take many Pictures of This wonderful Place & Please give us a Thumbs Up no matter Which Way you Pair Off! We hope you have a Lion’s Share-A-Fun!”


[It’s a Don-keyword!]

Take a Grand Tour of our Crypto-Zoo!

Bull’s-Eye Spirals!
Fiddler’s Crab Frames!
Beaver Words!

Watch as they Pair off Two by Two on All Fours.
Feed them Animal Crackers, just watch where you Two-Step.
(And don’t eat the yellow snow!)


Other attractions!

Adder One

Diamond Mine-A-Taurus

Diamond Rings-Tailed Lemur


Around the Block Ness Monster


Mongolian Bookworm


Word Mathman (like the Mothman, but better with numbers)

And a more detailed look at the rare and mysterious threyakros:

The threyakros is an elusive creature, found only within the borders of the PuzzleNation. It can only be viewed once all other animals living within its habitat have been discovered as its camouflage derives from copying the physical attributes of animals around it.

Because of its unique camouflage, no one knows what a threyakros actually looks like, and any renderings of its likeness on paper have resulted in completely contrary results; additionally, attempts to sketch a threyakros solely in ink are seen as risky and pretentious.


At Penny we don’t have an ordinary zoo.
The creatures featured here are quite an unusual crew.
We’ve got animal CRACKERS walking ’round on ALL FOURS.
In our TIME MACHINE you can observe dinosaurs.

Here’s your ONE & ONLY chance to see PAIRS IN RHYME.
There are hogs & dogs, cats & bats. Stop on by at lunchtime.
They’re fed only the best – fresh green LUCKY CLOVER.
You may get to try some if there’s any left over.

Our resident magician is an amazing baboon.
He creates his own sculptures from colorful balloons.
Trained by Tony Spero, he’s got talent to spare.
His lovely assistant is HOCUS POCUS the hare.

Come visit the exhibit we call HEADS AND TAILS.
See our two-headed double-tailed whale with gold scales.
PICTURE THIS: A most lovely day spent with us.
So order your tickets and hop on the bus!



What do you think of the submissions, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers? Do you have a favorite? Or a suggestion of your own?

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

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A Puzzoo Full of Anagraminals!


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 #PennyDellPuzzleZoo, mashing up Penny Dell puzzles and animals of all shapes and sizes!

Examples include Hammerheadings Shark, Four Squirrel, and Salmon Says!

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

The Shad Roe

Top to Bonobottom


Letter Scorpion

Diamond Myna

Toucan by Toucan / Toucan-Step

Opossum Spots / Opossum Triangles / Some Opposum






Kakuroo / Kangakuro / Okakuropi

Secret Bird

Bird Seek

Missing Owls / Missing Fowls


Lizard Words

CopperHeads and CottonTails

Heads & Whales Word Seek

Deer & Hare Word Seek

Cross Hares

Squirrel Master


Antelope Magic Square / Anaconda Magic Square / Anaconda Magic Bears

Flounder Power / Fowl Power / Flamingo Power / Buffalower Power





Escowlators / Escalgators

Ocelogic Problem / Loggerhead Problem

Leop-art logic

Hamster Words

Dolphinish the Fours


Missing Lynx / Lynxwords / Frame Lynx


Borderfeline Framework

Fiddler crab’s Frame

Shadowbox turtle


Bingoat / Dingo

Pulling Stingrays / Pushmi-pullyu-ing-Strings

Weasel Words / Weevil Words / Beaver Words

Places, Fleas

Fish Bowl Game / Mole Game

Armadillemma Crossword


Crick-et by Crick-et / Chick by Chick

Cattleships / Wombattleships / Battleshippos

Codeworms / Toadwords


End of the Swine

End of the Lion / Lion ‘Em Up / Draw the Lion

DonKeyword / Keawords

Hare Off


Letterfoxes / Otterboxes (solves as a Letterbox and can be recycled as a phone case . . . eco-friendly)

Windowl Boxes / Window Foxes


Croc Arithmetic

Word Platypus



Pigsaw Bears


Alpha-male Soup

Goatagrams / Goatfalls / Quick Goats

Picture Sloth

Goose Tile / Mongoose tiles

Ducky Clover / Lucky Plover

Crypto-Lemur-ick / Crypto-TriviAlligator

Bats and Geeses

Pine Drone

Word Quails

Missing Reptiles

Missing Dingoes



Around the Flock

Alpha Wolf Quote / Alphagators

You Know the Ostrich / Ewe Gnu the Scrods

A to Zebra Maze / A to Z Mazebra / A to Zebra

Word Mazebra / Word Rat Maze

Pick and Zoos




Riddle me Rhino


Three-toed slothsomes



Ringers-tailed lemur


Parrot Pairs

What’s Eft?

It’s Your Moose

Leopard Purrfect

Lucky Starfish

Puffin the Middle

Crickets and Mortar

Middle of the Roadrunner

Common Toad

Canine of Diamonds

Diamond Ring-tailed lemur

Place Your Numbat

Sharks and Sparrows


Black swan Out!

Jigsawback shark


Puzzle Horse Derby


Who’s Macawling?

Marquee Malarkiwi / Kiwiword

Coming and Flamingoing

Lostrich Letters

Word Condorigins

Poetic Okapiple

Word Lemurgers

ChinChilla Up

Pyth-On Your Marks

Vowl Play

Change of Chimp-and-Scene


Rhino of Way

Fish Think Ringers are Food!

Marching Bandicoots

One contributor even channeled the Crocodile Hunter!

Zoo?! We’re visiting the true Drop-outback to see the Quokka-jacks and Loose Croco-tiles, mate!

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

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