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Report to Readers: In early voting, KenKen takes the lead!

As you might have noticed in this morning’s paper, the Monitor today kicked off a reader contest to help us choose a new word or numbers puzzle to add to the daily mix. Amazingly, readers started chiming in on Sunday, even before we’d shown them the options. Readers care about puzzles!

All this week we will be publishing samples of three new brain-teasers: Seven Little Words, Word Roundup and KenKen. They will appear in the print edition and the e-edition online. (In the Monday and Tuesday editions, you’ll find them on Page A7.) The puzzle that receives the most reader support will be added to the daily paper at the end of the contest.

If the first few hours of voting are any indication, many readers are apparently already KenKen fans.

“A million votes for KenKen!” one woman wrote. (Note: We’re discouraging readers from voting a million times apiece; once will suffice.)

One man reported that he does the KenKen puzzle in the New York Times – the main reason he subscribes.

A woman in Hillsboro reported that her local weekly used to carry KenKen and then stopped. When she discovered it again on a trip to Austin, she considered subscribing to the Texas daily!

Several readers also wrote in to suggest alternative puzzles, including one called Wordy Gurdy, which does look like fun.

The contest will continue all week. Check out the puzzles and let us know which one is your favorite. You can send your picks to or to Pick A Puzzle, Concord Monitor, Box 1177, Concord, NH 03302-1177.

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