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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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Playing With Our Food edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’m posting the results of our #PennyDellPuzzlyFoods hashtag game!

[Image courtesy of Dreamstime.com.]

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

For over a year 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 and anything and everything having to do with breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, snacks, drinks, candy, and more!

Examples include Lucky Eggs Clover Easy, Cheese Three, and Tiramisudoku.

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


Abacustard

Petit Four Square

Chex Mixed Bag

Sausage Link-words

At 7 and 7

Pear Off

Pears in Rhyme

Picture Pears

Little Twizzler

Tidbits and Pieces

A-Maize-ing Quote

Batterships

Brick by Brickle

Brick by Brick Oven Pizza

Double Turkish Delight

Double Trouble Bubble Gum

Almond Four One

All Flours

Flour Power / Sour Power Patch Kids / Flower Powerbars

Quotagraham Crackers / Cryptograham crackers / Diagraham Crackers / S’more Cryptograham Crackers, Please?

Scrambled Eggs Up

SpinachWheel

Make the Baconnection

Piggyback bacon

Syrups and Downs / Ketchups and Downs

Stew at a Time / Roux at a Time

Stew-Step / Roux-Step

Stewdoku / Beef stewdoku

Cake-kuro

Roll of the Spice

Trail Mix and Match / Word Trails Mix / Trail Mixed Bag of Trix

Bits & Reese’s Pieces

Berried Treasure

Circles in the Lemon Square

Cheese & Crackerjacks

Gumdrop-Outs

Half-and-Halftime

Pizza by Piece

Eye of Rounders

Truffle Shuffle

Banana Split Personalities

Starburst Words

Cookieword / Kiwiword / Whiskeyword / Sukiyakiword

Cake a Letter

Sunraisin

ShadowLox

Beet the Clock

Right of Whey

Roulettuce

Wonton and Only

Build-A-Burger Quote

Anagram Magic Square bars

Tossed and Turnip Salad

Topsy-Turvy “Fill-in the Blank” Alcoholic Drinks!

Spinwheel Spaghetti and Meatballs

Analog Nog

Rhyme Thyme

Rye-Angles / Trifle-Angles

Lemon Drop-Outs / Lemon Drop-Ins

Flan Words

Grand Torte

Pickle and Choose

Ghee’s Company

InCiders

Colabyrinth

Hot Crossed bun Pairs / Hot Cross Sum Buns / Hot Crostics Buns

Pixie Cros-Stix

AnaCheese Sticks

7 Match-Up

Match-Up-Side-Down Cake

Pine Scone

Stepping Scones

Dim Sum Triangles / Dim Sum Totals

Onion Ringmaster / Onion Ringers

Macaroni & Places, Please

Beer & There

Missing Domino’s Pizza

Alphabreadics

Gravy-Words Word Seek

Grocery Missing Word List

Mystery Meat Person

Gizzard Words

Wheel of Fortune Cookies

Cookie Sha-dough

Campbell’s Chunky Alphabet Soup

TV Appe-Teaser

Penny’s Finest Chinese Takeouts

Pass the Scrambled Eggs Across the Table

Balancing (the diet) Act

Tossing and Turning the pancakes

A Perfect Ten-course meal

Three’s Company, but four’s coming to dinner

Countdown to Thanksgiving

What’s Leftovers?


There was a submission that deserves its own introduction. One of our intrepid puzzlers tackled the classic Tootsie Pop conundrum in proper puzzly fashion:

How many Lick By Licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Roll of the Dice

That’s a Square Deal. Take it Piece by Piece then Crack’er open.


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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It’s Follow-Up Friday: Thanksgiving Answers edition!

Welcome to Follow-Up Friday!

By this time, you know the drill. Follow-Up Friday is a chance for us to revisit the subjects of previous posts and bring the PuzzleNation audience up to speed on all things puzzly.

And today, I’m posting the answers to last week’s Thanksgiving Slide-O-Gram puzzle!


Here’s the grid and puzzle to jog your memory:

Using the given letters, place the eleven Thanksgiving words and phrases below into the diagram above, one per row. When all the words and phrases are entered properly, one of the columns reading down will spell out an 11-letter word that is related to Thanksgiving.

Casserole
Corn
Cornucopia
Cranberry sauce
Giblets
Pumpkin pie
Rolls
Stuffing
Sweet potato
Turkey
Turnip

So let’s take a look at the completed grid!

Our bonus answer tying the word list together was, appropriately enough, CENTERPIECE.

(If you had trouble with the puzzle, the anchor words that would’ve gotten you going were Corn, Cornucopia, Giblets, Pumpkin pie, and Cranberry sauce.)


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

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

Today is a day for family and friends, for celebrating togetherness, for appreciating good fortune, health, and happiness. And we here at PuzzleNation are so so grateful for each and every member of the PuzzleNation community. Whether you’re a puzzler or a gamer, a casual solver or a diehard devotee of all things puzzly, you can rest assured you are a welcome member of a very eclectic, charming, and downright likable group. =)

And so, in the spirit of giving thanks, I’ve cooked up a puzzle for my fellow puzzlers on this delightful Turkey Day.

Using the given letters, place the eleven Thanksgiving words and phrases below into the diagram above, one per row. When all the words and phrases are entered properly, one of the columns reading down will spell out an 11-letter word that is related to Thanksgiving.

Casserole
Corn
Cornucopia
Cranberry sauce
Giblets
Pumpkin pie
Rolls
Stuffing
Sweet potato
Turkey
Turnip

Let us know you solved the puzzle by contacting us here on the blog, or on Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr and providing the word reading down! One intrepid solver will receive the Thanksgiving Wishbone and win a prize of their choice!

Have a marvelous holiday, PuzzleNationers! Be well and enjoy the day!

Just released: a brand new puzzle set for the Penny Dell Crosswords App!

Oh yes, we’ve got another bonus post this week, and this time, we’re celebrating a new puzzle set for the Penny Dell Crosswords App.

Mere days after launching Dell Collection Ten, our latest 150-puzzle pack, we’re overjoyed to announce our newest downloadable content for the Penny Dell Crosswords app, the November Deluxe set, is now available through the App Store!

Our November Deluxe set offers 35 terrific themed puzzles, and that’s certainly some great puzzle content to be thankful for! Not only do you get 30 easy, medium, and hard puzzles, but there are 5 bonus puzzles you can unlock as you solve!

With this new deluxe set of puzzles, we’ve continued our proud tradition of publishing the best crosswords available to the mobile audience. Terrific crosswords right in your pocket! What more could you ask for?


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving, fellow puzzlers and PuzzleNationers!

Today is a day for family and friends, and we here at PuzzleNation are so so grateful for each and every member of the PuzzleNation community.

In fact, we’re closing in on 1250 Likes on Facebook, which means another member of the PuzzleNation audience will be receiving a free app download!

And so, in the spirit of giving thanks, I’ve cooked up a little brain-teaser for you on this delightful Turkey Day.

Below, you’ll find two sets of blanks, bookended by letters. Can you come up with seven- or eight-letter words to fill all of these blanks?

P _______________ N     G _______________ T
U _______________ A      I _______________ H
Z _______________ T      V _______________ A
Z _______________ I        I _______________ N
L _______________ O     N _______________ K
E _______________ N     G _______________ S

For instance, can you come up with a seven- or eight-letter word that starts with P and ends with N? Pavilion or playpen would fit the bill.

See if you can fill all of the blanks, and submit your answers here, on Twitter, on Tumblr, or on Facebook! One intrepid solver will receive the Thanksgiving Wishbone and win a prize of their choice!

Have a marvelous holiday, PuzzleNationers! Be well and enjoy the day!