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Puzzling News from Penelope

WOW! I don’t think it’s been this hot in a VERY long time. I woke up this morning around nine(!) and it was already 86 degrees out. I didn’t expect that to happen this summer based on how much rain we’ve had. I guess we’re kinda lucky to have some rays! I was stuck inside all day yesterday working, so when I finally got home I went swimming. I love having such a great swimming hole close to my house. It makes it pretty easy for me to take a quick dip in the river when it gets hot out!! We even have a rope hanging from a tree. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m just a big kid – the more fun I can have the better!

Enough about the weather… let’s talk about ME!! Wait – we’re already talking about me! Anyway, this past weekend was my annual get together with my best girl-friends from college. Since we all live so far away from each other, we rotate which one of us will be the host of the event so the traveling time is always fair. It was my turn to be the host this year. I love, love, love getting together with my friends, and I love entertaining! It can be so much work, but I know how to throw a good party – everyone always has fun! The weekend couldn’t have been any more perfect. I’m so glad none of us have changed, and we are still just as crazy as we were 10 years ago.

Speaking of not changing…one of my good friends, Becky, hasn’t changed a bit…she’s still just as nosey as ever! Everyone was settling in, unpacking for our long weekend of fun, and Becky was getting to know her surroundings…which, as I mentioned before, was my house. While snooping around Becky found my puzzle stash, and before too long the puzzling had begun. As you’re already well aware – once you get started, there’s no stopping! And let me just say, if you wanna catch up with some friends, the best way to do it is by popping open a bottle of wine and sitting around a puzzle table. We talked about things I never thought would be brought up again. Let’s just say it’s a good thing there weren’t any other ears in that room!

Hey! Where are your photos for my photo contest?! I need to see some funny pictures of you guys puzzling!!! We’re just dying to give away some Stave moola. I know if I were you, I would be getting my camera ready right now and taking some wild and wacky pictures so I could win! I sure do hope to hear from you guys soon so we can get the ball rolling on this contest, but until then enjoy this nice summer weather!!

Penelope

Penelope’s WACKY Photo Contest

Get out your camera!! All you’ve gotta do is send us the craziest, wackiest, WILDEST photo you can take of you(and your friends if you like to share your puzzles) putting together one of your favorite Stave puzzles! Don’t be afraid to go all out with this one, we’re hoping to see some pretty wild entries!! Here are a few of my favorites from our last contest.

Here’s how it works: It’s as simple as 1,2,3!

1. Send us your wild and wacky photos. Don’t be shy! Show the world whatcha got.

2. In July, August and September we’ll pick our favorite three photos each month. Those three puzzlers will each win $100 in Stave Moola! Woo-hoo!

3. Then, we’ll let the Stave Puzzlenut community decide which photo goes to the final round in October. You could win an additional $500 in Stave Money!!!

Don’t wait! Enter today, you could be a $600 winner!

Send pictures to: penelope@stave.com or you can mail it to us at
Stave Puzzles, PO Box 329, Norwich, VT 05055.

You can also read more about the contest and upload your photos to StavePuzzleNuts.com

 

 

Makin’ the big bucks!

Helloooo…are you guys paying attention?! We have a whacky (of course!) photo contest going on right now and the puzzler with the best/favorite puzzling photo will win $600 in Stave bucks! Send us the whackiest photo you can take of yourself, and even some friends, too, working a Stave puzzle. Check out the Stave PuzzleNuts web site for all the details. www.stavepuzzlenuts.com

Lend a Helping Hand

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Food†for†Thought

Great minds think alike. Isnít†that how the saying goes? Letís test†that theory, shall we?

Weíre always striving to come†up with something new here at†Stave. Earlier this summer I was†working with Steve and Molly on†the design for the 35th anniversary†commemorative puzzle. We were†figuring out the list of the 35†elements to include in the puzzle:†whammies, color-line cutting,†phony corner, TroubleMaker,†Trick…you get the idea. It was then†and there I decided to retire before†we hit our 60th anniversary. Thatís†a lot of stuff to get into a puzzle!!

Occasionally we have a contest†on the PuzzleNuts site where we†show you a new puzzle design and†ask for title suggestions. You always†have such great ideas. We even took†it one step further when Stave†artist, Molly Delaney, drew some†cute little donkeys that we couldnít†figure out what to do with. Instead†of racking my brain, we threw it†out to our puzzlers and your†suggestions were awesome! Due to†your ingenuity, Donkey Tonk will†be coming your way, soon!

This tired mind needs your†help, again. Now I want you to do†it all. Iím going to sit back and let†you do the work! (What took me so†long to think of this?!) You can†design your very own Stave puzzle!

Give me the theme

Give me the look

Give me the title

If you can come up with the†fixings for a new Stave Teaser†puzzle, weíll do it!†Now that youíre doing my job,†Iím going on vacation!

Jennifer- Many hands make light work! Lighten my load!!

P.S. See details on the below

puzzle sugg

REMEMBER! Email ME at Jennifer@stave.com with your puzzle suggestions.

Steve Torments 6 Best Puzzlers at 35th Puzzle Party

Here I am instructing the 6 finalists (narrowed down from 45) on the Trick TroubleMaker puzzle I have specially designed for their 2 hour marathon race. Basically the first one to get both solutions within the 2 hours would win the $3500 (in puzzles) first prize. Guess what? No one came close. In fact, no one got one solution which made my day!! YEAAAA!!

2107Party11

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Oops!

It just occurred to me… Some of you may not know about our exciting “Will You Marry Me?” contest. Sorry about that! Being the romantic bunch that we are (24 women and 1 man) we thought it would be fun to offer up 14 ‘Will You Marry Me?’ puzzles in a contest for those who are ready to pop the question. You have til the end of the month to tell us why you deserve to have one of our puzzles to (re)propose to your Sweetie. Send us your funny, sappy and romantic stories and you could end up with one of the best proposals in history! Here’s the link again, and a photo of what you might win. (With your names cut in, of course!) Hmmm, if we happen to have a Sam, proposing to a Claire, he’ll be a sure winner!

Will You Marry Me

Gobble-Gobble Game As Simple As 1, 2, 3

About 10 days ago I asked son Michael to set up the Gobble-Gobble game on stave.com so that when a player reached so many points a window would pop-up displaying a coupon code good for 24 hours. Plus create a higher level for a total of 3 levels. Last weekend we had nearly 100 players on Saturday playing the game. I was pleased. And we got lots of orders.

To make it simple for everyone, this week the 3 levels will be at 100, 200 and 300… simple as 1 ,2, 3. At 100 level is a deal code. At 200 you get an entry into a drawing. At 300 you get a better deal code.

By the way, I am blown away by some true-blue StavePuzzleNuts who really rack up the points. Below is today’s high score for David at 11,103. I mean, that represents a lot of play time… WOW!

 

Gobble1

Gobble2

 

xx

Puzzling News from Penelope

WOW! I don’t think it’s been this hot in a VERY long time. I woke up this morning around nine(!) and it was already 86 degrees out. I didn’t expect that to happen this summer based on how much rain we’ve had. I guess we’re kinda lucky to have some rays! I was stuck inside all day yesterday working, so when I finally got home I went swimming. I love having such a great swimming hole close to my house. It makes it pretty easy for me to take a quick dip in the river when it gets hot out!! We even have a rope hanging from a tree. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m just a big kid – the more fun I can have the better!

Enough about the weather… let’s talk about ME!! Wait – we’re already talking about me! Anyway, this past weekend was my annual get together with my best girl-friends from college. Since we all live so far away from each other, we rotate which one of us will be the host of the event so the traveling time is always fair. It was my turn to be the host this year. I love, love, love getting together with my friends, and I love entertaining! It can be so much work, but I know how to throw a good party – everyone always has fun! The weekend couldn’t have been any more perfect. I’m so glad none of us have changed, and we are still just as crazy as we were 10 years ago.

Speaking of not changing…one of my good friends, Becky, hasn’t changed a bit…she’s still just as nosey as ever! Everyone was settling in, unpacking for our long weekend of fun, and Becky was getting to know her surroundings…which, as I mentioned before, was my house. While snooping around Becky found my puzzle stash, and before too long the puzzling had begun. As you’re already well aware – once you get started, there’s no stopping! And let me just say, if you wanna catch up with some friends, the best way to do it is by popping open a bottle of wine and sitting around a puzzle table. We talked about things I never thought would be brought up again. Let’s just say it’s a good thing there weren’t any other ears in that room!

Hey! Where are your photos for my photo contest?! I need to see some funny pictures of you guys puzzling!!! We’re just dying to give away some Stave moola. I know if I were you, I would be getting my camera ready right now and taking some wild and wacky pictures so I could win! I sure do hope to hear from you guys soon so we can get the ball rolling on this contest, but until then enjoy this nice summer weather!!

Penelope

Penelope’s WACKY Photo Contest

Get out your camera!! All you’ve gotta do is send us the craziest, wackiest, WILDEST photo you can take of you(and your friends if you like to share your puzzles) putting together one of your favorite Stave puzzles! Don’t be afraid to go all out with this one, we’re hoping to see some pretty wild entries!! Here are a few of my favorites from our last contest.

Here’s how it works: It’s as simple as 1,2,3!

1. Send us your wild and wacky photos. Don’t be shy! Show the world whatcha got.

2. In July, August and September we’ll pick our favorite three photos each month. Those three puzzlers will each win $100 in Stave Moola! Woo-hoo!

3. Then, we’ll let the Stave Puzzlenut community decide which photo goes to the final round in October. You could win an additional $500 in Stave Money!!!

Don’t wait! Enter today, you could be a $600 winner!

Send pictures to: penelope@stave.com or you can mail it to us at
Stave Puzzles, PO Box 329, Norwich, VT 05055.

You can also read more about the contest and upload your photos to StavePuzzleNuts.com

 

 

Makin’ the big bucks!

Helloooo…are you guys paying attention?! We have a whacky (of course!) photo contest going on right now and the puzzler with the best/favorite puzzling photo will win $600 in Stave bucks! Send us the whackiest photo you can take of yourself, and even some friends, too, working a Stave puzzle. Check out the Stave PuzzleNuts web site for all the details. www.stavepuzzlenuts.com

Lend a Helping Hand

caps

Food†for†Thought

Great minds think alike. Isnít†that how the saying goes? Letís test†that theory, shall we?

Weíre always striving to come†up with something new here at†Stave. Earlier this summer I was†working with Steve and Molly on†the design for the 35th anniversary†commemorative puzzle. We were†figuring out the list of the 35†elements to include in the puzzle:†whammies, color-line cutting,†phony corner, TroubleMaker,†Trick…you get the idea. It was then†and there I decided to retire before†we hit our 60th anniversary. Thatís†a lot of stuff to get into a puzzle!!

Occasionally we have a contest†on the PuzzleNuts site where we†show you a new puzzle design and†ask for title suggestions. You always†have such great ideas. We even took†it one step further when Stave†artist, Molly Delaney, drew some†cute little donkeys that we couldnít†figure out what to do with. Instead†of racking my brain, we threw it†out to our puzzlers and your†suggestions were awesome! Due to†your ingenuity, Donkey Tonk will†be coming your way, soon!

This tired mind needs your†help, again. Now I want you to do†it all. Iím going to sit back and let†you do the work! (What took me so†long to think of this?!) You can†design your very own Stave puzzle!

Give me the theme

Give me the look

Give me the title

If you can come up with the†fixings for a new Stave Teaser†puzzle, weíll do it!†Now that youíre doing my job,†Iím going on vacation!

Jennifer- Many hands make light work! Lighten my load!!

P.S. See details on the below

puzzle sugg

REMEMBER! Email ME at Jennifer@stave.com with your puzzle suggestions.

Steve Torments 6 Best Puzzlers at 35th Puzzle Party

Here I am instructing the 6 finalists (narrowed down from 45) on the Trick TroubleMaker puzzle I have specially designed for their 2 hour marathon race. Basically the first one to get both solutions within the 2 hours would win the $3500 (in puzzles) first prize. Guess what? No one came close. In fact, no one got one solution which made my day!! YEAAAA!!

2107Party11

Help Us Design a Teaser Puzzle

donkeysA new contest is happening now on StavePuzzlenuts.com

Stave artist, Molly Delaney, has gotten us started by drawing a few cute little donkeys, BUT what will the frame and the name be?

We want your suggestions for the theme of this new Teaser puzzle. You could win Stave Goodies or the New Teaser puzzle if we use your suggestions.

Get all the detail and join the contest at StavePuzzleNuts.com !

Oops!

It just occurred to me… Some of you may not know about our exciting “Will You Marry Me?” contest. Sorry about that! Being the romantic bunch that we are (24 women and 1 man) we thought it would be fun to offer up 14 ‘Will You Marry Me?’ puzzles in a contest for those who are ready to pop the question. You have til the end of the month to tell us why you deserve to have one of our puzzles to (re)propose to your Sweetie. Send us your funny, sappy and romantic stories and you could end up with one of the best proposals in history! Here’s the link again, and a photo of what you might win. (With your names cut in, of course!) Hmmm, if we happen to have a Sam, proposing to a Claire, he’ll be a sure winner!

Will You Marry Me

Gobble-Gobble Game As Simple As 1, 2, 3

About 10 days ago I asked son Michael to set up the Gobble-Gobble game on stave.com so that when a player reached so many points a window would pop-up displaying a coupon code good for 24 hours. Plus create a higher level for a total of 3 levels. Last weekend we had nearly 100 players on Saturday playing the game. I was pleased. And we got lots of orders.

To make it simple for everyone, this week the 3 levels will be at 100, 200 and 300… simple as 1 ,2, 3. At 100 level is a deal code. At 200 you get an entry into a drawing. At 300 you get a better deal code.

By the way, I am blown away by some true-blue StavePuzzleNuts who really rack up the points. Below is today’s high score for David at 11,103. I mean, that represents a lot of play time… WOW!

 

Gobble1

Gobble2

 

xx