Winston Breen's Puzzle Party


Librarians! Teachers! Booksellers! Parents!

Winston loves to puzzle his friends and classmates, and now he's got some puzzles for you! Solve the puzzles and submit your answers, and you can win...

- A signed copy of Winston Breen's latest puzzling mystery, The Potato Chip Puzzles.

- Or the grand prize: Every single one of G.P. Putnam's Sons Spring 2009 children's and YA books, plus advance reading copies of numerous Fall 2009 books!

This contest ran from April 16th to April 22nd. All the prizes have been awarded, but feel free to try out the puzzles. All seven are shown below, as well as who won each of the seven prizes.

Puzzle 1: Get This Party Started! (Anne Erdmann, Champaign, IL)
Puzzle 2: Bouncing Around The Room (Erin Fitzpatrick-Bjorn, Gresham, OR)
Puzzle 3: Treasure Hunt (Laura Jewell, Richardson, TX)
Puzzle 4: Back and Forth (Stephen Williams, Holbrook, MA)
Puzzle 5: Give Yourselves a Hand (Stacy Hinojosa, Sterling, VA)
Puzzle 6: Totally Sweet (Eric Carpenter, Atlanta, GA)
Puzzle 7: Don't Forget Your Goody Bag (David Stein, Silver Spring, MD)

Are there any questions?

How do I submit the answer to a particular puzzle?
Just pop it into the subject header of an e-mail and send it off to

Can I submit more than one e-mail per day?
If you send in an answer that you later realize is wrong, feel free to send in a new e-mail with the correct answer. But please don't send multiple e-mails as a way to improve your chances. For one thing, it won't work.

What's the deadline to get you the answer to a puzzle?
Midnight (Eastern time) on the day it appears.

What if I miss a day or can't solve one of the puzzles? Will I still be able to solve the final puzzle and be eligible for the grand prize?
Probably. The final puzzle has been designed so you can miss one or two of the previous answers and still figure things out. But the more answers you have, the easier that final puzzle will be. The obvious solution is to join the party every single day!

I'm a kid. Can I play, too, or is this only for teachers, booksellers, etc.?
Everyone can play! But note that a couple of the puzzles will be a notch or two harder than they are in the books. Feel free to team up with other kids or an adult! I'm sure you can do it.


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