About Us

CM Publications, Inc. is a 29 year old company, under the management of Arthur P. Macauley, incorporated in Rhode Island. Its prime product is a weekly publication, called Challenging Times, The Puzzle Players Weekly. We are a member of the Better Business Bureau; you can check out our rating. 

Challenging Times contains five puzzles paying out approximately $3200 in prize money each week. Contestants pay an entry fee of $9 to $15 to compete against other contestants for the prize money of $500 to $1000 per puzzle. 

Does this sound too good to be true? Then read a few testimonials from our community of puzzlers. 

Our puzzles are primarily word-find puzzles, crossword-type puzzles and word-building puzzles. These puzzles require skill to solve. They are not games of chance, which would come under various gambling or gaming statutes. This is not a lottery or a sweepstakes where the winner is either pulled out of a bin or randomly picked by a computer. 

Contestants have to spend time solving the puzzle by following the directions. If they solve it better than the other contestants, they will get the stated prize. There can be several winners and in these instances the first and second prize will be divided equally among the winners. 

In addition to the Challenging Times, we will be offering a variety of additional puzzles, products and services here, on our web site. So keep checking back in during the next few weeks and months for some exciting new opportunities! 

If you would like to find out more, then click on the 'Contact Us' tab above. 

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  • Robert Arthur, AZ, has won $81,673

    Robert Arthur, AZ, has won $81,673

    "Years ago I almost didn’t send $5.00 to play Challenging Times puzzles. Boy! Am I glad I did! Now weekly (for years), I can hardly wait for the Challenging Times to arrive. Eagerly I open the envelope to see how many puzzles I’ve won and how much prize money….Working puzzles and “winning” money is fun."
  • Sharon Sovereign, OR, has won $25,598 so far!

    Sharon Sovereign, OR, has won $25,598 so far!

    I have been playing Challenging Times contests for several years now. I had to end my full-time career as an accountant when my mother became too ill to live alone, and moved in with me. After she died in 2013, my husband of 54 years became ill, and I am now his full-time caregiver. Your puzzles keep my brain sharp, my spirits up, and provide a much needed respite from caregiving. And it's really fun to look forward to the mail each week for my new puzzles, and the money I win. I particularly enjoy the number puzzles. Thank you.
  • Carole Shaffer, MI, has won $28,830

    Carole Shaffer, MI, has won $28,830

    "I’m so glad you somehow found my name."
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