David Hoyt

David L. Hoyt

David L. Hoyt and Jeff Knurek co-create the newspaper feature, "Boggle Brainbusters," distributed by Tribune Media Services.

Hoyt and Knurek met while working on a game/toy project and have been collaborating on a variety of projects ever since.

Game inventor David L. Hoyt is the creator of syndicated newspaper features "Jumble Crosswords," "TV Jumble" and "Boggle Brainbusters," distributed by Tribune Media Services. He came to Chicago in 1990 as an option and futures trader on the floor of the Chicago Board of Options Exchange. While working at the CBOE, he was busy developing a variety of toys, games and puzzles. In 1993, he sold his first game to Parker Brothers and gave up trading a few years later to develop games full-time.

Dubbed "The Game Guy," Hoyt travels the world placing game and toy inventions with different manufacturers. In addition to Parker Brothers, he has sold games to Cadaco, Canada Games, Mattel and Tiger Electronics. Numerous "Jumble Crosswords," "Jumble for the Classroom," "TV Jumble" and "Jumble Brainbusters" books have been published by Triumph, Landoll, Educational Insights and TV Guide.

Over the last 14 years, Jeff Knurek has been a toy and game inventor, consumer product inventor, graphic artist, illustrator, cartoonist, and now, puzzle creator. Knurek's game credits include: "Dragon Strike," an action game for Milton Bradley; "SpikeBall," an outdoor game for Tomy; "Order Up," an action game for Ace Novelty; "What's In Ned's Head?," a children's game for FunDex Games, and many more. He has also developed premium toys for Kelloggs and General Mills.

Additionally, Knurek has created illustrations, cartoons and graphic designs for the Chicago Tribune, Conagra Foods, Great America Amusement Parks, and more. He is currently developing ideas for the gaming industry, as well as the television and movie industries. He is the artist for "Jumble See and Search," "Double Jumble" and the Meirt Industries Electronic Daily Jumble.

Knurek received his B.F.A. from the University of Michigan in Industrial Design and has a teaching certificate in Art Education K-12.

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