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Report to Readers: Three bonus days of puzzles!

Here’s a reminder for Monitor puzzle fans – and a small gift.

First the reminder: Our “Pick a Puzzle” contest is about halfway over. If you want to participate, we’ll need your vote by Wednesday at noon.

Now the gift: While our original plan was to publish the sample puzzles through Saturday, we now intend to run them for three bonus days: Monday through Wednesday of next week. Enjoy! Then, once the ballots are counted, we will announce a winner and begin publishing it next Thursday.

For the uninitiated, we are planning to add a new puzzle to the lineup in the daily newspaper and have asked readers to help us choose. Samples of three new options have been running in the paper (and in the Monitor e-edition available at all week: KenKen, 7 Little Words and Word Roundup. We asked readers to try them out and vote on their favorites by sending a note to or to “Pick A Puzzle,” Concord Monitor, PO Box 1177, Concord, NH 03302-1177.

As of Thursday evening, KenKen is the clear favorite, followed by 7 Little Words and Word Roundup. But fans of all three puzzles apparently have strong feelings about their picks – and their pans. And the votes are still streaming in.

Here’s one typical KenKen voter: “The Monitor already had two word-based puzzles, and even Soduko is really just pattern recognition, and not math based. For those who like to play with math, Ken Ken is the only option offered.”

One woman critiqued not just the new games but the Monitor’s current lineup. “My vote goes to 7 Little Words. I dislike number puzzles intensely, and your crossword puzzles have become ho-hum, to say the least. Boring fits. Word Roundup is no challenge at all.”

One reader made the case against KenKen as strongly as he lobbied for Word Roundup. “The last thing we need in this world is another math-based puzzle.”

Several readers argued that the newspaper for adults, not children: “Word Roundup is too easy and only minimally challenges the mind. Maybe kids will like it, but they don’t buy the paper; adults buy it. Please don’t choose this puzzle.”

What’s your view on this weighty matter? If you’ve not yet voted, get to it.

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