Are you a puzzle geek? Does it relax you to sit down and solve a crossword puzzle, Sudoku puzzle, or word search? If you can’t get enough puzzles to solve, we’ve collected some links to sites that will provide many hours of puzzle-solving fun.
Penny Press and Dell Magazines
Penny Press and Dell Magazines bring you 5 new entertaining and thought-provoking puzzles every day. Grab a pencil and print out to solve!
ProProfs Brain Games
There is a free puzzle game available to suit nearly every fancy at ProProfs Brain Games, and you are welcome to play each of them as often as you wish and find out how your score stacks up against scores from people all over the world. Their library is approaching four thousand online puzzles and games, and it is bound to grow as the days go by. Keep checking back for the latest updates and to sample one of their new, exciting free puzzles designed to make learning fun.
ProProfs has adapted many classic games into interactive free brain games with fun twists: Word search, Crosswords, Memory Games, Typing Games, Sliding Puzzles, Brain Training Games and many more brain teasers, games, puzzles. You can also create your own games.
Puzzle Choice provides many different types of printable and interactive crosswords from which you can choose plus a daily US style crossword.
Check out their Word Search puzzles or take a look at the Word Play section for a great choice of anagrams, brainteasers, and other printable word games.
Test your trivia knowledge with a Quiz or give your mind a workout with some original Logic or Number Puzzles.
Thinks.com is the place for family-friendly puzzles and games. Whether you are young or old, Thinks.com offers an incredible collection of free online puzzles and games. Enjoy Sudoku, crossword puzzles and jigsaw puzzles. Play great online games like chess, checkers and even Chinese checkers. Thinks.com will keep you happily entertained for hours.
The Crossword Network
The Crossword Network allows you to choose from a selection of Quick, Cryptic and Themed Crosswords. View or even create your own Crosswords in American Style, UK Style and Freeform grids.
This Online Crossword software does not depend upon a java applet download or a Flash player.
You can also receive the latest crosswords as an RSS feed.
FreeInternetPuzzle.com is a place to hang out and kill some time with games that are intellectually stimulating. They intend to rapidly grow the collection of puzzles on the site, with the initial focus being on creating a library of crossword puzzles and then expanding out into other types of puzzles.
WebCrosswords.com has thousands of crossword puzzles and they’re still adding new ones daily. Their one and only focus is to provide an unlimited number of crosswords to you daily so you can satisfy the rewarding craving to solve crossword puzzles. You can enter your email on the main page to receive one new secret crossword puzzle per week in your email.
FreeCrosswordPuzzles.com.au was started in 2006, initially just offering an easy and a hard British/Australian style crossword a day. It was quickly expanded to have an easy and a hard cryptic crossword, and then an American style crossword was added.
Crosswords can also be embedded in your own site if you wish.
Crossword Puzzles, Word Puzzles and More
Crossword Puzzles, Word Puzzles and More uploads at least one word puzzle or crossword each day. These puzzles cannot be completed online; they must be printed. Puzzles are available all the way back to March 2000, although the earlier puzzles may not be of good quality, according to the author. There are also free Word Search puzzles available.
BestCrosswords.com offers a variety of online and printable crossword puzzles. All the crossword puzzles on the site are free and play directly in your web browser.
Dictionary.com Daily Crossword
Bolscrosswords.com offers a collection of thousands of free crossword puzzles, adding a new one daily. You can also use their site to help you finish off that vexing crossword puzzle. If you are stuck with a tricky clue, have some missing crosswords letters, or are uncertain if you have a legitimate crosswords answer, their Crossword Solver and Crossword Dictionary Lookup tools are perfect for you.
Crossword Palace provides hundreds of free, original, printable crosswords and Sudoku puzzles. They try to upload new puzzles every week.
Online Word Search
Do you enjoy playing word search games? Then you will definitely want to have a look at Online Word Search.
Each time you visit the site a new, different puzzle will appear (random auto-selection). To highlight words you find just left-click the mouse in one of the word’s ending squares (first and last letters work equally well) and drag to select the entire word. When you release the left mouse button it will change from blue to a very light gray color. You can also choose the word search puzzle you want to have fun with based on categories.
WebSudoku.com offers free, interactive Sudoku puzzles for you to do online, in addition to their interactive Sudoku tutorials. They also provide other variations of Sudoku puzzles, like JigSawDoku, and different types of free picture logic puzzles.
You can download Web Sudoku Deluxe for $14.95, which allows you to play offline and you can create your own Sudoku eBook that contains 8 pages of puzzles and 4 pages of solutions for $1.95.
KrazyDad is a puzzle website and (occasional) blog run by a guy named Jim Bumgardner, who’s also a “senior nerd” at Disney Interactive Labs. There are many types of printable puzzles available for free.
Lovatts Online Puzzles
Lovatts Online Puzzles offers both cryptic and standard Crossword puzzles for free, as well as Sudoku, Addoku/Killer Sudoku, Word Search, or Code Crackers. Additional Lovatts crossword, puzzles, and games are available for free at YouPlay.com.
With thousands of top-quality logic puzzles available today and more than a hundred new puzzles added each week, conceptispuzzles.com is the leading destination for discerning puzzle fans all over the world.
Since its debut in 2002 conceptispuzzles.com has been continuously offering the most advanced logic puzzling experience available online and in print. The site offers personalized archived collections, active puzzle thumbnails reflecting real solving progress, saving and restoring puzzles on Conceptis’ servers and much more.
No matter whether you are an avid solver who can never get enough puzzles or a casual gamer setting on a brief brain-stimulating break, chances are you’re going to love conceptispuzzles.com.
Register for free to play more free puzzles, in addition to archives with thousands of top quality logic puzzles.
TheJigsawPuzzles.com is an ever-growing collection of free online jigsaw puzzles. Albums on the left have hundreds of free jigsaw puzzles already – feel free to explore and play it all. Or, bookmark and check the main page daily for a cool Puzzle of the Day.
JigZone is an online Jigsaw Puzzle where you choose the level of difficulty from a simple 6 piece cut to a challenging 247 piece cut. A new Puzzle-of-the-day is added every day and you can choose your puzzle from the huge collection of stunning images in the Gallery. Upload your photos and make them into jigsaw puzzles that you can share with others. You can even embed jigsaw puzzles into your own web pages and blogs.
The goal of Jigidi has always been to offer the best online puzzle experience. They strive to combine the fun parts of actually laying a physical puzzle with the obvious benefits of a digital solution.
Crossword Tracker helps you to solve crossword puzzles, allowing you to improve your puzzle solving skills. You can find the answer to a clue using the letters you already know and even see all the other clues they have seen that point to the same answer. Never again get stuck on a puzzle or finish a puzzle not knowing if that word you never heard of was right.
Crossword Clue Solver
Crossword Clue Solver offers a free, quick crossword solver, where you enter the letters you have and they’ll let you know which words fit the bill. They also have a Solution Wizard that leads you through the process of finding a missing crossword solution or solving a clue that has a multiple word answer. There is also a dictionary available on the site.
Free Crossword Solver
Free Crossword Solver is a very comprehensive, online crossword puzzle solver. They use a hint based system which allows you to include hints to the words you are looking for and they use multiple dictionaries to search from for your crossword puzzles. Get the solutions to crosswords you are looking for with games like USA Today, New York Times, Cipher crosswords, Diagramless crosswords, Fill-in crosswords, Crossnumbers, Acrostic puzzles, and Arroword at freecrosswordsolver.com.
One Across helps you solve crossword puzzles by allowing you to enter crossword clues and answer patterns (e.g., Serpent [?a?t?????k?]) and quickly returning a scored list of suggestions (e.g., “gartersnake”, “rattlesnake”). Their system can help on ambiguous clues (e.g., Greenish blue [????]: “teal”, “aqua”, “cyan”, “nile”) as well as highly specific ones (e.g., Designer Schiaparelli [????]: “elsa”).
The system is based on the puzzle-solving technology in a computer program created by a team of computer scientists at Duke University that is capable of solving tough American-style crossword puzzles.
They’ve also added other puzzle solving technologies to the site, including help for anagrams and cryptograms, in addition to a simple dictionary lookup.
Finally, the image at the top of this article refers to Google Goggles, the popular scan-the-real-world mobile app, which also provides the ability to solve Sudoku puzzles at a lightning pace.
If you’ve found any other websites offering free puzzles, whether you can do them online or print them out, let us know.
Lori Kaufman is a freelance technical writer who likes to write geeky how-to articles to help make people's lives easier through the use of technology. She loves watching and reading mysteries and is an avid Doctor Who fan.
- Published 01/19/13