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What's it about?

The idea is simple: people put pictures online and you have to guess what pun the picture represents. The type of pun is written above the guess-box, and there are clues that you can reveal by clicking on the 'tell me' links.

How to play

On the left side of the screen a picture will appear. On the right you will be told what it is, for example, it might be a play on words, or misheard lyric. You then have to guess the pun. Type it into the box then click the 'make your guess button'. If it's right then you'll be told on the next page, if not then it's time to think...
  • Did I spell it correctly?

    We try to make sure that the most obvious spellings and versions of puns are covered, but if you're really struggling then think about this.
  • Is there another way of saying the same thing?

    Sometimes the order of words can vary, maybe a clue would help here, or you can try a different way of writing it.
  • Still having problems? Click one of the 'tell me' buttons for a clue.

    There are three options, roughly in order of how helpful they are. You can find out the initials of the pun's words, some information about the pun, and lastly how many letters are in each word of the pun.
  • Definitely not getting the right answer?

    After you've seen the three clues you can reveal the answer, groan, then try another puzzle. There's plenty to choose from!

Do you want to hear about new puzzles?

Get yourself hooked up with the RSS feed! There's a link next to the main menu options at the top of this page, and you can get more info about RSS using the '?' link.

Do you want to create your own puzzles?

New puzzles are a fun way of taking part in the site. You don't need to be a great artist, just have to be able to show the elements involved.

How to add your own puzzles

Create a user account through the 'join' link then login to your account. You will see that you now have a 'submit puzzle' option. Clicking this will take you to a new page with lots of boxes. Where needed they have an explanation, but we think it's mostly pretty easy!

How big can they be?

Your puzzles can be up to 397 pixels wide and 1000 pixels tall, but smaller pictures load faster!

How do I get an image and a website link?

This one's easy: make more puzzles! After 5 approved puzzles you can link to an image for yourself, and after 10 approved puzzles you can put a link to your site. You can add these using the link in your 'my info' page. All personal images and websites have to be approved before they will be visible to the public. Changing them in any way means that they need to be approved again.


  • IMPORTANT! You can only upload files in the .jpg format.

    You cannot put anything else online! This is due to the way some of the background code works that powers this site
  • If in doubt about any of the information about your film then do a search on the IMDB. They have the final word about such things as years of release and name spellings. Always check the details of your films! There is a link to the IMDB at the top of the puzzle submission page.
  • Don't get carried away with detail. Most of the time you can make a very plain image that will be just as expressive as one that takes hours.
  • Stickpeople don't have to be only sticks:
    Stickpeople example
    Often a body is very useful in conveying emotion. Clothing can also be very distinctive so you may want to draw some of this onto your figures. Hands are also very important, so a circle will often work better than a line.
  • Don't underestimate the importance of the logo design. Often the style of the movie/series logo is very distinctive, and so finding a good way to convey this is important. For bold block capitals a big coloured rectangle can work well, for fine lettering then a series of upright lines can work, or a skewed box for text that's in italics. Be creative, and think carefully about these things.
  • You can put on facial expressions if the image needs it. Sometimes the facial expression is very important to the image, so don't be afraid to add in a couple of lines for the eyes or a line for the mouth. Use your judgement. Does the picture need it?
  • If you really don't know whether a picture needs anything more then it's probably ready!
  • As far as software goes, you need something that can save into .jpg format, but past that you've pretty much got free choice. Personally I use Macromedia2 Flash, a vector graphics package. I put the original image on one layer then draw above it, starting with outlines, then sampling colours and filling in the outlines. Everyone works differently, and there's no right or wrong way to do things.
That's all! If you have any more questions then pop over to the forum!

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