Update: We have a winner! A random number generator chose Andrew, whose entry was a neat trivia question. Congratulations, Andrew! (I’ll email you to get your mailing address.) Thanks to everyone who participated—I enjoyed the variety of puzzling approaches you came up with.
Hello! Eric Berlin’s book of variety puzzles will be published on Tuesday, July 30. Puzzlesnacks contains 110 word puzzles of all sorts. Some formats will be familiar to you and others will bend your brain in a fresh direction. They’re all designed to be accessible, not too tough—so a Rows Garden puzzle comes in a mini size, for example. I recognize puzzle formats that have been devised and/or used to great effect by such crossword legends as Mike Shenk, Henry Hook, and Patrick Berry.
Thanks to the publisher, we’ve got a copy of Puzzlesnacks to give away to a lucky Diary of a Crossword Fiend reader. To enter, leave a comment with something puzzly about a favorite snack. Write a crossword clue for it, anagram it, come up with a trivia question about it … or just type the snack’s name, if you’re feeling uncreative. We’ll choose one entrant at random to win the book. If you’re the winner, we’ll need your mailing address to get the book on its way to you.
Have fun puzzling!