If you like doing ‘pencil puzzles’ of any kind, crosswords, word seeks, logic problems etc., Penny Press and Dell Puzzle have the puzzle books for you. This puzzle company has a huge array of different puzzle types-and books-to suit every puzzler’s taste. You can find Penny Press and Dell Puzzle books in the magazine section at most stores, but if you want more than what you find there, you can go directly to the source.
Dell Puzzle Magazines began publishing puzzle books in 1931, and Penny Press in 1973; in 1996 they joined forces, and now publish more than 85 puzzle books via subscriptions, direct, and newsstand sales.
The puzzle books most often seen on newsstands are those that feature the most popular puzzles, and have only that one type of puzzle in them, such as regular crosswords, word-seeks, and lately, Sudoku, and the variety books, which have multiple puzzle types. These are great if you like to do a lot of different kinds of puzzles. For the most part, however, if you’re a big fan of one of the other puzzle types that you find in the variety books, such as logic problems, anagram magic squares, cross sums, or crostics you’re not going to find them on the newsstand.
But not to worry, you can go to the website, or use the order form that’s in most of the newsstand magazines, and get books dedicated to the puzzles you like best, and you can usually get them at a really good price.
I, for instance, happen to be a crostics nut, and buy the books, which have more than 50 crostics each, eight at a time, for which Penny offers a pretty good discount. The puzzles they offer in dedicated volumes include Brick by Brick, Missing Vowels, Codewords, Anagram Magic Square (which I’m becoming very addicted to, as well), Cross Sums, Places Please, and a bunch of others. You can buy these books individually or in four, eight, or 12-book value packs, which is how I buy mine.
They also offer variety packs from eight to 40 books. I got the 40-book variety pack as a Christmas gift last year, and am still working on them. It was one of the best gifts ever. That’s how I discovered I liked Anagram Magic Squares-I did all my favorite puzzles first, then tried new things. Getting a huge box like that filled with puzzle books is a puzzler’s dream come true!
If you don’t want to be overwhelmed and get all your books at once, you can get a subscription of your favorite puzzle books, and get from four to nine issues a year delivered to your mailbox.
So if you really like your puzzles, and can’t get enough of them on the newsstand, go to the source and get exactly what you want, in the quantity you want.
Source: Penny Press/Dell Magazines www.pennydellpuzzles.com