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The Deliciously Devilish Blog of Puzzling News From Staveland

Custom Crossword “Puzzle”

Check this out. Per customer request we digitally created a crossword puzzle filled with family names, trivia and photos. This was a Photoshop labor of love, as you can imagine … layers upon layers of complexity. The customer and family loved it!2071104

Season’s First Snow in Staveland

Egads!! the season is upon us! This morning we awoke to light snow falling.. then it became heavy snow… then all sorts of traffic accidents. It took Paula, who lives only 2 miles away, over 2 hours to make it because of roads blocked with accidents. But I must say the 2-3 inches of snow adds a certain festive touch…. feels good.
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Celebrating Ten Years with Tammy

How time flies. Tammy Conley, below, has been my right-hand assistant for most of the past 10 years. She is a great multi-tasker with patience galore, as you would think, given she has to put up with my numerous eccentricities. Tammy answers the phone, takes  puzzle orders, gives tours and is in charge of our popular Time Share program (a quasi rental program).  The below photos show Tammy opening her 10-year anniversary present from Martha and myself… a beautiful pair of earrings from a local jeweler. We often joke that we should have t-shirts which say "I Survived 10 years at Stave Puzzles!" Tammy certainly deserves one. 207112
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Grand Finale… Twin Farms Mystery Puzzlenut Party

Ya shoulda been there!!! Late yesterday afternoon around 4:45 it was
wrap-up time…. time to bring the 2 days of puzzling madness to a
close. During these wild 2 days we rewarded correct answers to the
various mystery challenges with poker chips…. 100, 1000, 5000
denominations. Three of the teams had accumulated nearly 100,000 worth
of chips. Paula had the brilliant idea of auctioning off 4 Teaser
puzzles, the players using their accumulated chips. So everyone took 5
minutes to divide their team chips among themselves… then the fun
began. On two puzzles the bidding reached 50,000 per puzzle… I wish
we had had a video camera recording all of this craziness…. it was
wild!

Then the grand finale… the players took their remaining
chips and ‘purchased’ chances for the BIG drawing for 5,000/chance. All
of the chances were then stuffed into a fishbowl and then John, Twin
Farms marketing director, drew the lucky winners for a 250 Stave puzzle
and a 2-night stay at Twin Farms. The winner of the 2-night stay was a
former NBA star, a Twin Farms regular, it turns out.

For more blog enrties about the Twin Farms Mystery Puzzlenut Party go to www.stavepuzzlenuts.com.
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Shorter Days…..Longer Nights!

Dinner_4Daylight Savings time is over and we’ve set our clocks back an hour. It is now dark at five o’clock. UGhh!

Inside the shop the days are longer though. This is the time of year when the gang starts staying later and later, until eventually we’re into full swing of the Holiday season. A sure sign that we’re in Christmas mode is dinner delivery from nearby EBA’s.

Hey, did anyone order onion rings?

Custom Crossword “Puzzle”

Check this out. Per customer request we digitally created a crossword puzzle filled with family names, trivia and photos. This was a Photoshop labor of love, as you can imagine … layers upon layers of complexity. The customer and family loved it!2071104

Season’s First Snow in Staveland

Egads!! the season is upon us! This morning we awoke to light snow falling.. then it became heavy snow… then all sorts of traffic accidents. It took Paula, who lives only 2 miles away, over 2 hours to make it because of roads blocked with accidents. But I must say the 2-3 inches of snow adds a certain festive touch…. feels good.
2711firstsnowweb

Celebrating Ten Years with Tammy

How time flies. Tammy Conley, below, has been my right-hand assistant for most of the past 10 years. She is a great multi-tasker with patience galore, as you would think, given she has to put up with my numerous eccentricities. Tammy answers the phone, takes  puzzle orders, gives tours and is in charge of our popular Time Share program (a quasi rental program).  The below photos show Tammy opening her 10-year anniversary present from Martha and myself… a beautiful pair of earrings from a local jeweler. We often joke that we should have t-shirts which say "I Survived 10 years at Stave Puzzles!" Tammy certainly deserves one. 207112
2007111

Grand Finale… Twin Farms Mystery Puzzlenut Party

Ya shoulda been there!!! Late yesterday afternoon around 4:45 it was
wrap-up time…. time to bring the 2 days of puzzling madness to a
close. During these wild 2 days we rewarded correct answers to the
various mystery challenges with poker chips…. 100, 1000, 5000
denominations. Three of the teams had accumulated nearly 100,000 worth
of chips. Paula had the brilliant idea of auctioning off 4 Teaser
puzzles, the players using their accumulated chips. So everyone took 5
minutes to divide their team chips among themselves… then the fun
began. On two puzzles the bidding reached 50,000 per puzzle… I wish
we had had a video camera recording all of this craziness…. it was
wild!

Then the grand finale… the players took their remaining
chips and ‘purchased’ chances for the BIG drawing for 5,000/chance. All
of the chances were then stuffed into a fishbowl and then John, Twin
Farms marketing director, drew the lucky winners for a 250 Stave puzzle
and a 2-night stay at Twin Farms. The winner of the 2-night stay was a
former NBA star, a Twin Farms regular, it turns out.

For more blog enrties about the Twin Farms Mystery Puzzlenut Party go to www.stavepuzzlenuts.com.
2711twfphoto3

Shorter Days…..Longer Nights!

Dinner_4Daylight Savings time is over and we’ve set our clocks back an hour. It is now dark at five o’clock. UGhh!

Inside the shop the days are longer though. This is the time of year when the gang starts staying later and later, until eventually we’re into full swing of the Holiday season. A sure sign that we’re in Christmas mode is dinner delivery from nearby EBA’s.

Hey, did anyone order onion rings?