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Signups have begun for the 2014 Triple Play Puzzle Extravaganza, which will be released on August 1. Signups will continue until the contest ends on August 31.

As usual, the cost will be $10 for the extravaganza, or $20 for the extravaganza plus three special oversized bonus puzzles (themeless crossword, cryptic crossword, and Something Different crossword). Contestants will have one month to send in their solutions, and two correct solutions drawn at random will win $100 each.

To purchase the 2014 extravaganza, or the previous ones from 2012 and 2013, go to this page.


Welcome to Triple Play Puzzles! Feel free to email me with any comments you might have about the puzzles, site contents, or anything else. — Trip


As you may have noticed, I have not been adding many new updates to Triple Play Puzzles over the last year. This is partly due to my professional work, but more excitingly, it's largely because I'm considering a long-overdue complete redesign of this website. I'm hoping to begin that process within the next few months, and to debut the new site sometime in 2014.

In the meantime, site updates will continue to be minimal, with one major exception: the 2014 Triple Play Puzzles Puzzle Extravaganza will be happening. Signups will begin February 1, and the extravaganza itself will go out on August 1. More details to come soon!


August 18, 2013

"Piecemeal", a variety cryptic originally from the 2013 NPL convention in Austin, has been added. Download the PDF.

The 2013 puzzle extravaganza was won by Andrew Feist and Eli Barrieau. The extravaganza will be available for purchase in the near future.

April 21, 2013

"Indeed!", a variety cryptic originally published in the July 1995 issue of "Tough Cryptics", has been added. Download the PDF.


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CHECK IT OUT! Trip makes the "wordoku" (sudoku with letters) puzzle in every issue of TV Guide magazine!


NOW OUT: Tiptop Crisscross Puzzles, a collection of 72 new puzzles from Puzzlewright Press. Read more at that link, or go ahead and buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.


NOW OUT: Sit & Solve Fun & Easy Cryptograms, a pocket-sized collection of code puzzles based on celebrity quotes (originally from 365 Mind-Challenging Cryptograms). Buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Wordplay DVD

Watch Trip and other top solvers compete at the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament in the 2006 documentary Wordplay. Buy it from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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