David L. Hoyt
David L. Hoyt is the world’s most-syndicated daily word game creator and the inventor of numerous well-known puzzles, games and brain teasers including USA Today Word Roundup, USA Today Up & Down Words, Jumble Crosswords, TV Jumble, Word Winder, Just 2 Words, and more.
He is the current author of Jumble, the most syndicated daily word game in the world, seen in more than 600 newspapers each day
Hoyt’s puzzles and games are featured in newspapers, online, on mobile devices, in books and calendars and more.
You can find some of Hoyt’s puzzle books at DavidLHoytBooks.com.
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The newest of David’s endeavors is JUST 2 WORDS™; its’ fun and fast game play makes it perfect for mobile devices! It’s now available for download on iPhone, Android, Nook, and more.
Jumble is one of the most beloved and successful word games in history. Created in 1954, it has been widely syndicated and licensed to become the most recognizable scrambled word game in the world. David has been the author of the Jumble since 2011 and Jeff Knurek as been drawing the Jumble since 2008.
Roughly 70 million people have access to Jumble every day through more than 600 U.S. and international publications. It is available in books, on mobile applications and on the web. Classic Jumble and newer variations, such as Jumble Crosswords, Jumble Word Vault, Jumble Solitaire, Jumble Jong and others are also favorites.
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Hoyt is the inventor of numerous well-known puzzles, games and brain teasers including USA Today Word Roundup, USA Today Up & Down Words, Jumble Crosswords, TV Jumble and more. He is the current co-author of Jumble, the most syndicated daily word game in the world.
His print puzzles and games are syndicated by Tribune Media Services and Universal Uclick and are carried in more than 700 newspapers, including USA Today, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. Hoyt’s online games are featured on sites such as Shockwave.com, Yahoo.com, MSN.com and Games.com. Hoyt also develops puzzles and games across a number of other platforms including mobile, casino games, instant scratch-off games, books and calendars.
Hoyt moved to Chicago in 1990 to work as an option and futures trader on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. While working there, he began developing various toys, games and puzzles in his spare time. In 1993, he sold his first game, Crossword the Game, to Parker Brothers. Shortly after, in 1994, he started developing games full-time. Two years later, he partnered with Tribune Media Services (TMS), the owners of Jumble, to develop new versions of Jumble including Jumble Crosswords, TV Jumble and Jumble BrainBusters. The daily and the Sunday Jumble puzzles appear in more than 600 newspapers internationally and across the United States.
In 2002, Hoyt again partnered with Jeff Knurek, Tribune Media Services and Hasbro to develop the Boggle BrainBuster syndicated daily puzzle.
Hoyt teamed up with Wheel of Fortune legend Pat Sajak in 2004 to create Pat Sajak Games, an online gaming site. Together, they created Pat Sajak’s Lucky Letters, Pat Sajak’s Trivia Gems, Pat Sajak’s Code Letters and Pat Sajak’s Code Number Sudoku.
In 2006, Hoyt invented two new popular games – USA Today’s Word Roundup and USA Today’s Up & Down Words. Over the next few years, he created additional variations of Word Roundup that are played by millions online everyday.
Hoyt reached a new milestone in his career in 2011, when with Tribune Media Services and Jeff Knurek, he replaced Mike Argirion as the writer of Jumble, making him the most syndicated puzzle maker in America. In the same year, he partnered with Graeme Thomson and Steve Bullock to co-create David L. Hoyt’s Word Winder board game, online game and mobile games. In May 2012, the Word Winder NOOK app was announced the No. 1 board game app on NOOK Apps.
In July 2013, Hoyt launched his newest word game app, Just 2 Words. The app was highly reviewed and well-received, including being named the Corona Labs Inc. App of the Week on July 22, 2013 and App of the Month in July 2013.
Hear the NPR story about David’s visit to the Talcot Mountain Academy.
I was fortunate enough to attend the Talcott Mountain Science Center (TMSC) as part of a one-day-a-week, six-week program when I was in the 8th grade while living in Connecticut. It was truly a life-changing experience for me.
It turns out that the Talcott Mountain Science Center has been a life-changing experience for many kids over the years, and has expanded to include Talcott Mountain Academy, a school for gifted students in grades K-8. Students can now attend full-time!
I’ve been able to go back there and work with Talcott Mountain Academy students and teachers on our GIANT Word Winder and GIANT Math Winder educational initiatives, and I am completely in awe. These students are so intelligent. The teachers are amazing. I can’t believe that a school like this even exists.
If you want to learn more about the Talcott Mountain Science Center and the Talcott Mountain Academy, there are some links below. If you, or someone you know, have kids who live in the Connecticut area, I highly recommend you have them check this out. Based on my own experiences, and from what I’ve heard from students, this is a life-changing experience for everyone that attends.
Talcott Mountain Science Center: http://www.tmsc.org/
Talcott Mountain Academy: http://www.talcottacademy.org/