Over a thousand letters a day
Loyd's puzzles were in great demand and he headed the puzzle department for the Brooklyn Daily Eagle as well as other newspapers and magazines in the United States and abroad. He offered prizes for solutions to his puzzles and that resulted in him receiving, at times, over a thousand letters a day. From 1907 until 1910, he consolidated many of these puzzles in a monthly publication, Our Puzzle Magazine.
In his later years, Loyd initiated his son, Sam Loyd Jr., into the art of puzzle making and they collaborated until April 10, 1911, when, sadly, Loyd Sr. passed away at home in Brooklyn, USA. After his death, Loyd Jr. continued publishing his father's puzzles and also created many of his own while taking over his father's magazine and newspaper duties. In 1914, he published Sam Loyd's Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles, Tricks, and Conundrums, which is considered by some to be the most exciting puzzle book ever published. This was followed by Sam Loyd's Puzzles: A Book for Children, Sam Loyd's Tricks & Puzzles and Sam Loyd and his Puzzles. Loyd Junior died in February, 1934 and was buried near his father in New York.
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