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Blog: Thinking Outside the Box
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I've finally added a blog to my site. I know, that sounds terrible... one would think all writers have blogs. The truth is, when you're so busy writing for others, it's hard to make the time to work on your own site!
All blogs should have a niche. I considered doing a puzzle blog, or a writing blog, but I love both areas. So, I'll write for both areas, as long as the topics are fresh and helpful to others. I won't post for the sake of posting. My writing style and my content will follow my blog's title:
Thinking Outside The Box

My Puzzles are in Las Vegas!

LinkedIn hosted Talent Connect Vegas 2013 Oct 15 - 17, a huge conference which is deemed "The recruiting event of the year." I developed 3 crossword puzzles centering around their theme of CONNECT, INSPIRE, TRANSFORM. The exciting part, beyond having this fun challenge, is how they displayed my crosswords. The crossword puzzles were on giant boards displayed at the entrance to the conference. And they are HUGE! Great idea by Manifold, the event organizer!

Click on the picture to see the larger version. You'll be able to see the height of the crossword display as well as zoom in for some of the clues/solutions. The grey spaces on the crosswords were specific words highlighted for use during the conference. crossword puzzles

NEW CHILDREN'S PUZZLES ONLINE!

I recently developed 10 children's puzzles & games for a lovely group of people at Tesco Magazine in the U.K. The theme was "the great family road trip." The puzzles include mazes, word searches, spot the difference, and connect the dots (or Dot-to-Dot as the folks in the U.K. call these), all of which are centered around various events, foods, and geography in the U.K. My puzzles and games provide a slight tour of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland... though I know many of us would much prefer to tour these beautiful regions in person!

NEW Math Puzzle Books!

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Two new math puzzle books are out! Check out Match Sticks, both the addition/subtraction and multiplication/division books. Practice computation and decoding skills. Each part of the stick figures represents a value. Grades K - 6


Santa Claus is Coming to Town DS Game!
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I wrote the original stories in this latest DS game for Nintendo based on a classic Christmas movie, "Santa Claus is Coming to Town." I hope you all have a chance to read along with your children when they play this fun game! And if you haven't already seen it, take a look at Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer DS Game released last year (I wrote the stories for this one too!)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer DS Game!
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I've written all 3 Original Stories for this new DS game by Nintendo!!!

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Math Puzzle Books
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In 2011, these four math puzzle books hit the market running from day one! Check out Numbers Search, which combines traditional word search and math in a unique way. Puzzle Box challenges kids to sift through more than one possible answer via multiplication and riddles. Math Moves (both the addition/subtraction and multiplication/division versions) combines trivia and the use of the < > and = concepts.

Brain Games #9 is in Stores
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The latest is the famous Brain Games books is in stores. Book #9 includes some of my best puzzles. Check it out mext time you're in a bookstore. This book can be found in major bookstores as well as Amazon and other online sites.

Brain Games; Special Kids Series!
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Brain Games has created their ever-popular puzzles, for kids!
Check out the Brain Games Kids series.
Brain Games Kids Brain Builder Puzzles can be found in major bookstores as well as Amazon and other online sites. Look for my code puzzles and more
in this exciting new series from Brain Games.

EA Mobile - Puzzle Development for phones

April 2008 - EA Games released Merv Griffin's CrosswordsTM for mobile phones. I had the pleasure of creating the crossword puzzles for EA! As with any custom order, there were parameters to which I had to adhere, and a style I had to emulate to give mobile customers the same fun and exciting experience of the popular TV show "Merv Griffin's Crosswords".

See the review on IGN.com. Their verdict: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Per Gaming Nexus' review of EA Mobile's "Merv Griffin's Crosswords is great fun for all ages and skill levels!"

As a puzzle developer, I find that no two projects are alike. Each has its own challenges... puzzles in their own right! See my list of custom puzzle projects, or feel free to ask me about my job developing puzzles.

Puzzles, Codes, Riddles, Math and More!

Julie Cohen

Check out my Math Puzzle books:

All Things Equal:
This series is comprised of 4 math puzzle books which make learning the concept of balancing both sides of an equation fun and challenging. Each book has three levels, beginner, intermediate and advanced. The first two books concentrate on addition/subtraction and multiplication/division. The latest two books use all four operands, but with fractions!

    
Addition &
Subtraction
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Multipl. &
Division
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Fractions: Add. &
Subtraction
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Fractions: Multipl. &
Division

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Quadrant Quandaries:
My love of riddles and math are combined once again, although this time one must plot a course of action. Yes, plotting... on the X and Y axes! Use math to determine the coordinates, and plot the coordinates to find the answer to the riddle.


Vol 1.
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Vol 2.
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Special Edition Puzzle Books!
brain games bible puzzle book The editors at Brain Games have created a special edition of the ever-popular Brain Games series. Brain Games Bible Puzzles can be found in major bookstores as well as Amazon and other online sites.
Look for my Column Scramble puzzles and Missing Consonent puzzles in this exciting special edition of Brain Games.

The Puzzle Box
This Week's Puzzle:
"Read" the picture puzzle below.
What does it "say"?

  (To solve, click the puzzle)

Puzzle Consulting
Is there really such a thing as puzzle consulting?

Yes! To understand what a puzzle consultant does, read "Puzzle Consulting: Is there Really Such a Need?" And if you want to learn more about my work as a puzzle consultant, contact me.

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