Puzzler’s Wednesday – Debbie Manber Kupfer (AKA Paws)

Me with P4L

Hello everyone and welcome to our first Puzzler’s Wednesday. Each Wednesday I’m going to highlight a different puzzler. So let’s start off with a little about me.

  1. How would you describe yourself in one sentence?

Crazy writer, puzzle maker, cat lover, and tea drinker!

  1. How long have you been setting crosswords?

I’ve been setting all kinds of puzzles (not just crosswords) for around 18 years.

  1. Do you like to set / solve /do both

Definitely both. You can’t be a good writer without also being a wide reader and the same is true for puzzles, the more you solve, the better your puzzles and clues become.

  1. Who’s your favorite setter/publication

I have a fondness for Hex (Cox and Rathvon) and Patrick Berry.

  1. One cryptic clue that has always stayed with you

Mad passionate lovers (7)*

  1. Your favorite place

New York

  1. Your favorite movie

Blazing Saddles

  1. Your favorite person

The late and great Douglas Adams.

  1. Something you love other than crosswords

Books – particular fantasy and sci-fi

  1. Something you believe in / your motto

With enough tea and dark chocolate you can accomplish anything!


If you haven’t already pick up a copy of Paws 4 Logic today. 37 challenging puzzles from Debbie and her son, Joey.


*(dd – BONKERS – I think it was originally in the Telegraph.)

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Paws 4 Logic


Have you picked up your copy of Paws 4 Logic yet?

If you have I’d love to hear your feedback. Also please consider leaving a review on Amazon. Reviews really do make a difference.

I’m traveling soon – off to London for my 35 year school reunion and then to Israel to see my mum. I promise I’ll have some new puzzles to share when I get back. In the meantime please explore the puzzles on this blog – click on the various tabs above and also visit my sister blog, Paws 4 Thought, that will be hosting as special fantasy blog tour during the month of June.

Happy Puzzling folks!


Paperback of Paws 4 Logic – currently on sale on Amazon for just $6.99!

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Paws 4 Logic – 24 Hours Sale



24 hour sale – for one day only the kindle edition of Paws 4 Logic is just 99 cents!

Get it before the price goes back up!


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Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? A Trivia Contest


Over on Amazon this weekend I’m giving away my short collection of speculative fiction set around Israel for free. You can pick up a copy here.

But wait there’s more! To coincide with the sale I’m running a trivia contest. Download your copy of the book, read the stories, answer the questions below and send me your answers. One entrant will win an ebook of Fauxpocalypse, the anthology where the first story of this collection was originally published.

So here are the questions:

1.  Who took the photograph that appears on the front cover?

2. Who do I dedicate the book to?

3. What was the name of the street in Jerusalem Susie and Sasha lived on?

4. What was the name of Susie’s cat?

5. Who gave Susie and Sasha a ride when they were hitchhiking?

6. What was the name of the Arab village Na’ima grew up in?

7. Where did Reuven and Na’ima originally meet?

8. What old science fiction novel did Na’ima read?

9. How many pictures of watermelons are there in the whole book?

BONUS entry. Leave a review of Will There Be Watermelons on Mars? on Amazon and send me the link for an extra entry.

Send your answers and the links to your reviews here!


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A Mother’s Day Bouquet!

Happy Mother’s Day puzzlers!


How many flowers can you find hidden in the grid? To find them move from square to square horizontally, vertically and diagonally. I found eleven, how about you?

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Puzzling from A to Z – Reflections


Well, we made it.

I hope you enjoyed Puzzling from A to Z.

Which were your favorite puzzles? What do you want to see more of next year? I’d love all your feedback.

If you didn’t have time to visit all the puzzles. It’s not too late. All the puzzles from this year’s and last year’s A to Z challenge are here on my page and will stay that way throughout the year. Just click on the A to Z tab.

Also feel free to visit my other pages – I try to add a new puzzle at least once a month, so be sure to check back here often.

And if you haven’t yet picked up your copy of Paws 4 Logic, what are you waiting for?

Happy Puzzling, Folks!


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Puzzling from A to Z – Day 26 – A Trip to the Zoo


Now we come to the end of the month and what better way to end than with a trip to the zoo – the St. Louis Zoo to be precise. For those of you who have read P.A.W.S. you know that some of the action in the series takes place in the zoo – and one of the members of P.A.W.S. lives in the zoo – a chimp, by the name of Ian.

Now Ian the Chimp likes Monkey Jokes, but always needs more to add to his repertoire. In order to gather more he has set himself up his own page on this site. Please visit Ian and share your monkey jokes with him. You never know one of your jokes may end up in the next P.A.W.S. story – and if it does your name will be in the acknowledgements.


Also this is the last day to pick up your copies of Paws 4 Logic for a dollar less than regular price. Don’t miss out and remember all buyers of the paperback or kindle versions also get a code to download a free PDF version of the book.


I hope you enjoyed Puzzling from A to Z this April. Please visit throughout the year and if anyone would like a personalized puzzle for their website, book, newsletter or for a special personalized gift I can do that.

Just contact me – and also feel free to contact me with comments about the puzzles or for solutions or hints.

Enjoy the May flowers and Happy Puzzling!

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