PUZZLES BY TRIP PAYNE
2013 TRIPLE PLAY PUZZLES EXTRAVAGANZA
On July 1, 2013, I will be releasing my second puzzle "extravaganza" contest. It will consist of 12 puzzles plus a "metapuzzle" that requires the answers to those puzzles in order to be solved. Solvers who submit a correct solution to the metapuzzle by the deadline (July 31) will be entered into a random drawing for the grand prize. There will be one $100 grand prize for every 100 people who purchase the extravaganza. So if there are between 300 and 399 buyers, for example, there will be three grand prizes of $100 each.
The puzzles will primarily be word puzzles of various sorts. There will be no math puzzles, pure logic problems, music identification, computer programming, or sudoku. The difficulty level will be similar to last year's extravaganza -- challenging, but not brain-busting. All the puzzles will have explicit instructions; you will never wonder what you are supposed to do next.
When the contest begins, I will send out an e-mail to all participants giving them a secret web address where they can download the extravaganza as a PDF. PDFs of the bonus puzzles will be e-mailed directly to those who purchased them. Answers to all the puzzles, and the announcement of the winners, will be emailed on August 1.
If you are curious about what last year's extravaganza was like, you can read about it (and purchase it) here.
There are various levels at which you can purchase the extravaganza.
$10: You get the extravaganza, which includes the right to enter the contest.
$15: The puzzle extravaganza plus your choice of one of three bonus puzzles, none of which will ever be published on Triple Play Puzzles: (1) a 21x21 themeless crossword; (2) a 21x21 Something Different crossword; (3) a 25x25 cryptic crossword. The blank grids are shown below, as teasers.
$20: The puzzle extravaganza and all three of the above bonus puzzles.
$50: The puzzle extravaganza, all three bonus puzzles, and signed copies of any two of my puzzle books that are still in print. (Currently, those books are: Crosswords for Kids, Great Crosswords for Kids, Awesome Crosswords for Kids, Fantastically Fun Crosswords for Kids, Trivial Pursuit for Kids Crosswords, Tiptop Crisscross Puzzles, Sit & Solve Fun and Easy Cryptograms, and USA Today Celebrity and Pop Culture Crosswords.) If you live outside the US, there will be an additional fee to cover the shipping.
$100: The puzzle extravaganza, all three bonus puzzles, the two signed puzzles books, and: you get to give me a word or phrase that I will put into a themeless crossword that will appear on Triple Play Puzzls within a year of the contest. The entry must be reasonably familiar (no in-jokes), a real thing (no "Something Different"-style entries), inoffensive (I run a family-friendly site), and a maximum of 15 letters long. You may suggest a clue for the entry, but I will likely write the clue myself.
PayPal is the preferred method of payment; the button below will take you to the page where you can purchase any of these. If you are buying at the $15 level, please mention which puzzle you would like. If you are buying at the $50 level, please mention which books you would like, your mailing address, and any specific signing requests. If you are buying at the $100 level, I will be in touch later to discuss the puzzle entry. At any level, if the email you wish to use is not the one that you are using on PayPal, please mention that as well. (If you do not have room for all of this on the PayPal form, e-mail me separately.)
If you are uncomfortable using PayPal for any reason, e-mail me and I will give you an address where you can send me a check.
I hope you enjoy the extravaganza!
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