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2013-05-29 23:27:00

Easy to pick up, hard to put down, KenKen puzzles are now available wherever you may roam. Pleasantville, NY (PRWEB) May 29, 2013 The wait is finally over, the worldwide logic puzzle sensation KenKen® is now available for free on Android enabled devices. The KenKen app possesses a progression mode, along with a choose-your-puzzle mode and many other exciting features. Whether you like to play KenKen® alone, with family and friends, or in the classroom you can now play whenever and...

2009-03-01 15:13:00

A retired school teacher says he has never missed a single gathering of the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in New York. Jay Kasofsky of Woodridge, N.Y., said since New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz began the national crossword puzzle tournament in 1978, he has always been in attendance, the Middletown (N.Y.) Times Herald-Record reported Saturday. The 68-year-old former history teacher admits his crossword skills are not on par with some of his fellow puzzle solvers, particularly...

2006-06-22 08:47:53

By Arthur Spiegelman LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Every Sunday morning, a nice, middle-aged man with a soothing voice drives listeners of a radio program heard across the United States to wonder if they are nuts or just stupid. He is Will Shortz, crossword puzzle editor of The New York Times, a puzzle fanatic since about the age of 9, and the holder of the only known Ph.D. in enigmalogy (the study of puzzles). He is also "Puzzle Master" of National Public Radio's Weekend Edition, in...

2005-10-19 10:39:13

By Jeffrey Goldfarb FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Sudoku is adding up to big sales for book publishers, who are pushing out more new titles ahead of Christmas in case the number puzzle mania fizzles out. In Britain alone, more than two million sudoku-related books have been sold since the Times newspaper first introduced the addictive puzzle to readers just last year. At one point earlier this year, six of the country's top 10 nonfiction bestsellers were sudoku books, and if publishers'...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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