The New Tavern Puzzles are Here!

March 5, 2013 11:33 by kelly

I travelled with my family on many a cross-country road trip as child, often stopping at a [certain unnamed chain] restaurant that happened to be conveniently placed right off the various interstates around the USA. Now, while I don't particularly recall the food, what I DO remember were the PUZZLES! At every stop, we'd all scramble for the twisted metal at every table well before reaching for the menus. Who could free the ring from the horseshoes first?! Really, who needs food when you have a puzzle?

 

Fast forward to 2002 and the inception of SeriousPuzzles.com. (Okay, that's not really a fast-forward, being that it's currently 2013, but... you get what I mean) The very first puzzles we carried when we started our shop, deep in the woods of Maine all those years ago, were precisely those iron disentanglement puzzles I remembered fondly as a child - Tavern Puzzles!

 

Now, eleven years later, Tavern Puzzles still remain a staple of our puzzle shop. And, each year brings renewed excitement as a fresh puzzle design is unveiled. This year, however, imagine our elation when Tavern Puzzles revealed not one -- but TWO sparkling new metal disentanglement puzzles! 

 

So now, without further ado, our puzzle compadres, we present them to YOU!


Genuine Article - a Group 8 Tavern Puzzle (that means the super-most-extreme-difficulty!)

The object of this puzzle is to remove the shuttle hanging from the middle bar. Without, of course, using excessive might (no sledgehammers or hacksaws!). Tavern Puzzles, as with all disentanglement puzzles, are solved with finesse, not force!

 

Captive Heart - a Group 1 Tavern Puzzle (that means the easiest to solve - perfect for beginners!)

The object of this puzzle is to remove the heart from between the two horseshoes. Even with beginner tavern puzzles, they always look easier than they are!

 

So, are you a fan of Tavern Puzzles? Do you remember metal disentanglement puzzles from your childhood?

 


Big Train Chai Coupon - $5 Off at SeriousChai.com

February 25, 2013 12:20 by kelly

Monday is the best day of the week!!! (bear with me here)

 

"But WHY?!?" you ask with incredulity.

 

The answer is simple. On this fair Monday, we'd like to offer you... A COUPON!

 

Take $5 off your order of $35 or more at SeriousChai.com today through the end of February.  Take it off anything you'd like - chai, tea, coffee, cider, cocoa, even candy

 

Simply enter FEBFIVE at checkout, and you'll understand why Monday is the best day of all! 


20 Clever Brain Teasers and Witty Riddles for Kids and Adults

February 14, 2013 17:40 by kelly

Are you ready to give your brain a hearty workout? These clever brain teasers & witty riddles will require mental acuity, lateral thinking, and… a generous sense of humor! ;)

We've compiled twenty brainy puzzles of varying levels of difficulty - some are mathematical in nature, some will test your verbal cunning, and some are just plain silly. If you can't get one, don't fret, just move on to the next!

Now, there ARE answers at the bottom of the page, but... no peeking! You want to keep building those brain muscles - that IS why you're here, right? When you're finished, please leave us a comment & let us know how you did!

Good luck and have fun getting smarter!

The Questions:

1) Q: What 5-letter word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it?

 

2) Q: Find a number less than 100 that is increased by one-fifth of its value when its digits are reversed.

 

3) Q: A farmer is trying to cross a river with a bag of corn, a hen, and a fox. The farmer's boat is only big enough to take himself and one other item per trip. The hen cannot be left alone with the corn or she will eat it. Likewise the fox cannot be left with the hen, or the hen will be eaten. How does the farmer get all three items across the river?

 

4) Q: A bat and a ball cost $1.10. The bat costs one dollar more than the ball. How much does the ball cost?

 

5) Q: What letter comes next in the following sequence? D R M F S L T_

 

6) Q: Johnny's Mother had three children. The first child was named April. The second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?

 

7) Q: A clerk at a butcher shop stands five feet ten inches tall and wears size 13 sneakers. What does he weigh?

 

8) Q: If you were running a race and you passed the person in 2nd place, what place would you be in now?

 

9) Q: How many times can you subtract the number two from the number fifty?

 

10) Q: It's a stormy night and a plane takes off from JFK airport in New York. The storm worsens, and the plane crashes - half lands in the United States, the other half lands in Canada. In which country do you bury the survivors?

 

11) Q: In British Columbia you cannot take a picture of a man with a wooden leg. Why not?

 

12) Q: What word in the English language is always spelled incorrectly?

 

13) Q: Given these equations, what does 4500 equal?

8898=7

4566=2

1203=1

2313=0

4566=2

5464=1

7774=0

1003=2

9856=4

9955=2

1886=5

1231=0

8764=3

4500=

 

14) Q: What's full of holes but can still hold water?

 

15) Q: Can you think of a common word that contains double C, double S and double L? Can you think of a second one?

 

16) Q: What number comes next in the following sequence? 2 4 8 10 20 _

 

17) Q: Without it, I'm dead. If I'm not, then then I'm behind. What am I?

 

18) Q: If you wrote all of the numbers from 300 to 400 on a piece of paper, how many times would you have written the number 3?

 

19) Q: You are in a place called Jack's World and there is only one law. There is a mirror, but no reflection. There is pizza with cheese, but not sausage. There is pepper, but no salt. There is a door, yet no entrance or exit. What is the law?

 

20) Q: I come in different shapes and sizes. Parts of me are curved, other parts are straight. You can put me anywhere you like, but there is only one right place for me. What am I?

Ready for the answers?

The Answers:

1) A: Short

2) A: 45 (1/5 of 45 = 9, 9 + 45 = 54)

3) A: The farmer takes the hen across first, and leaves her on the other bank. Next, he comes back, loads the fox onto his boat, and takes him back across the river. He drops off the fox on the opposite bank, picks up the hen, and brings her back to the original bank. He swaps the hen for the corn, and returns to the far bank with the corn - leaving it with the fox. Then, he returns once more to the original bank to get the hen. Once he brings her across, all four are happy to be on the other side!

4) A: The ball costs 5 cents. One dollar more than 5c is $1.05. The sum of which is $1.10.

5) A: D - each letter represents one note in the diatonic musical scale: Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Ti, Do

6) A: Johnny

7) A: Meat

8) A: 2nd Place

9) A: Once. After that, you'd be subtracting from 48.

10) A: You don't bury survivors!

11) A: You can't take a picture with a wooden leg; you need a camera.

12) A: Incorrectly

13) A: 2 - Each answer given equals the number of circles present in the numbers. So, 5699 would equal 3 and 4444 = 0

14) A: A sponge

15) A: Successfully. Unsuccessfully.

16) A: 22 (the sequence alternates +2, x2)

17) A: Ahead.

18) A: 120 (100 threes in the hundreds place + 10 threes in the tens place + 10 threes in the ones place)

19) A: Everything (each word) in Jack's World must contain double letters.

20) A: A jigsaw puzzle piece (how appropriate!)

 

A special thank you to Vernice, one of our Serious Customer Advocates and to Rob, our Serious Content Manager for contributing some ideas for this post!



So... how did you do? Leave us a comment & let us know your score!


Today is National Puzzle Day!

January 29, 2013 11:24 by kelly

 

We're psyched here at SeriousPuzzles.com - this is a big day! What day IS it? January 29th - National Puzzle Day!!! A  day to celebrate all things puzzle: brain teasers, jigsaw puzzles, cryptograms, tavern puzzles, Rubik's cubes, crossword puzzles, acrostics, sudoku, anagrams ...

 

Of course, every day here is puzzle day. Today's just extra special.

 

For us, we'll be working on puzzles all day (and eating candy). And for you...  

 

Take 20% Off Your Order at SeriousPuzzles.com TODAY! No minumum order amount - just enjoy!

 

 

Could be the perfect time to pick out a jigsaw puzzle and get your whole family involved in solving - it's a great way to bring everyone together for a shared activity.

 

Chocolate Sensation - 400pc Family Style Jigsaw Puzzle (multi-size pieces so everyone can work together!)

 

Do you have any plans for National Puzzle Day? Let us know - we'd love to hear! 

 

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Coupon PUZZLEDAY expires 1-31-2013 at 3am EST.

 

 


A New Year Brings New Puzzles

January 22, 2013 10:54 by kelly

New year, new resolutions, new experiences, new puzzles!

We've added hundreds of beautiful designs for 2013 from new manufacturers like...

Dowdle Folk Art


Yankees Stadium - 500pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Dowdle

Perre

Kindertraume


Paris, France Panorama - 1000pc Panoramic Jigsaw Puzzle by Kindertraume

Pomegranate


Jackson Pollock: Convergence - 1000pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Pomegranate

Purrfect

Spiel Spass

Tomax


Seaside - 300pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Tomax

and more

 

We're so excited to keep adding to our collection as the year progresses and can't wait for Toy Fair 2013 which will bring even MORE new items!! If you'd like to be notified of our newest puzzles, why not join our email list or Like us on Facebook - you'll never miss a sale, coupon, or new puzzle announcement!

 

Happy New Year! 


FREE SHIPPING at SeriousPuzzles.com

December 14, 2012 10:21 by kelly

Today through Sunday, spend $20 at SeriousPuzzles.com and your order will ship for FREE.


That is awesome, of course. But can it get even better? YES!


 

With your free shipping, is a guarantee that it will arrive before Christmas.

Now THAT'S awesome. Just use coupon code FREESHIP2012 at checkout, and you can get this:



Dreamy Scenery - 4000pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Tomax


Or, this:

 


Plasma Car - Blue


Or thousands of other jigsaw puzzles, brain teasers, and cool stuff, and have them arrive in time for Christmas, WITHOUT paying for shipping. That's a good deal. Go


Make your Usual Gift UNusual with our Gift Card Puzzles!

December 7, 2012 15:59 by kelly

How exciting is giving a gift card for a present? Well... maybe not that thrilling. Useful, yes. Practical, certainly. Even handy! And who doesn't like a handy gift? But, exciting... wel... maybe not so much. Want to change that? Want to be the one who gives the COOL gift? The UNIQUE gift? The AWESOMESAUCE gift? I thought so. Well, we have your solution!

 

The Gift Card Money Maze! Turns your utilitarian gift card into a whiz-bang, super-awesome, mega-cool, shiny, sparkly gift card! Okay, maybe not sparkly. Unless you add your own sparkles - which you totally CAN; we support you!

 

But... you don't have to take our word for it! No, in fact, Bobbie Thomas recently featured our Money Puzzles on her TODAY show style bit, "Bobbie's Buzz"!

If you missed it, not to worry, you can watch the spot: 



And read more, here on Bobbie's Site. 

It doesn't take much to make your usual gift UNusual. And we have several different varieties - Money Maze, Wooden Money Maze, Bilz Obstacle, Seriously Secret Treasure Box, and more. So... go for it! (sparkles not included)

 


Crispy Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies

December 6, 2012 11:14 by kelly

3 cups rolled oats (not quick oats)
1 cup brown sugar

3/4 cup white whole wheat flour

3/4 cup vegan margarine (I like Earth Balance organic), melted

1/4 cup corn starch
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
--
1/4 cup boiling water
1 tsp baking soda


In a large bowl, combine all but the last two ingredients. In a smaller bowl combine the baking soda & water, then add to the rest of the ingredients, stir well. Cover & put in the freezer for 1/2 - 1 hour (until dough is stiff). Preheat your oven to 375F & cover a cookie sheet or two with parchment paper. Spoon out frozen dough into small balls and press down slightly - cookies will flatten quite a bit while cooking. Bake for ~10 minutes until flattened & lightly browned. As they cool, they will flatten a bit more. Edges will be crispy and the center is soft - perfection! (makes 3 - 4 doz cookies, depending on size)

Serve with your favorite cup of tea and enjoy! 


$5 Off Every Puzzle Order? Yes!

December 5, 2012 10:20 by kelly

 

The coupon says it all. Take $5 Off today 12/5 - on anything & everything you want to buy at www.SeriousPuzzles.com. No minimum order. Any puzzles you want. Today only. Perfect for holiday shopping for everyone on your list.  Or… just for you - because you've been wanting that one cutesy wutesy lovey dovey puppy in a hammock puzzle all for yourself. Hey, we're cool with that.



Leisure Time - 500pc Jigsaw Puzzle by Castorland

 

Use coupon code EML5OFF (and we don't have to tell anyone about the puppy puzzle). Happy puzzle shopping!

 


15% Off All Jigsaw Puzzles - TODAY ONLY!

December 3, 2012 12:22 by kelly

Waiting for the perfect time to pick out your puzzle? No better time than today!

 

TODAY ONLY we're taking 15% off our ENTIRE collection of Jigsaw Puzzles. EVERY ONE (that's thousands!!).

From our smallest - 2 piece wooden block Farm Sounds puzzle for toddlers:


Farm Sounds - 2pc Block Puzzle by Melissa & Doug

 

To our biggest - Life, The Greatest Puzzle at 24,000 pieces:

 


Life the Greatest Puzzle - 24,000pc Jigsaw Puzzle by EDUCA

 

If you're looking for something you haven't seen before, try browsing our NEW Jigsaw Puzzles section, or, if you're in the holiday spirit, our Christmas Jigsaw Puzzles section may be just the thing for you.


Santa's Toys - 300pc Jigsaw Puzzle by New York Puzzle Company

 

Just enter code MON15FB at check out. Of course we offer free standard shipping on all domestic US orders over $60 - so you can really save big today!