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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  • Mary Salvatore, IL, has won $60,818

    Mary Salvatore, IL, has won $60,818

    "Contests are judged fairly and prize checks arrive promptly. It’s exciting to open the mail and find a prize check."
  • Chris Connor, IL, has won $3,493

    Chris Connor, IL, has won $3,493

    "First of all, I like the weekly themes, the quick return of tiebreakers, and prize checks. And, I also enjoy the sizeable checks and payoffs."
  • Katie Kappel, MI, has won $22,995

    Katie Kappel, MI, has won $22,995

    "Challenging Times has afforded me the opportunity and satisfaction not only of earning much needed money but also sharpen my memory and reasoning skill while spending many pleasurable hours completing the puzzles. I don’t know how I made it through our cold winters before discovering Challenging Times – what a great way to alleviate cabin fever while cashing in!"
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