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Mon, 24 Jul 2017

World of Puzzles

Welcome to the new puzzle blog from Clarity Media, world of puzzles. Here you will be able to download and print off free puzzles to enjoy, as well as learning more about various different puzzle types and tips on how to solve them. In additionally you'll be able to find out about puzzle competitions and more from the world of puzzling. You can post your comments or thoughts on any article.

Link Word Puzzles
Link Word puzzles are the sort of puzzle that many people enjoy, but are hard to find other than the occasional puzzle here and there in a mixed puzzle book or magazine. If you've not come across this simple yet deceptively fun puzzle type before,...
Added: 24 Feb 2017

The i Book of Puzzles
We are pleased to announce the launch of The i Book of Puzzles. Containing over 100 puzzles, and no less than 28 different puzzle types, there is something for everyone in this delightful collection of puzzles. The book contains a mix of the...
Added: 15 Nov 2016

GCHQ Christmas Puzzles: Did You Tackle Them?
In the run up to Christmas 2015, GCHQ launched a website with a series of puzzles for people to solve, with the option for people to submit their answers if they reached the final part. The deadline set for entries was 31 January 2016. The puzzle...
Added: 29 Jan 2016

How To Create Symmetrical Sudoku Puzzles
Two of the most popular puzzles in the world have something in common: and that commonality is symmetry. We're talking about the great staple of the word puzzle world: the crossword, and the logic puzzle that has taken its place alongside the...
Added: 13 Aug 2015

How to Write a Themed Crossword
Writing a themed crossword puzzle can be a time-consuming and tricky process, and depends on a few different factors: - The grid pattern and grid size being used to create the puzzle - The fill requirements: essentially the more themed entries you...
Added: 11 May 2015

Easy Codeword Puzzles
Easy codeword puzzles are not very common, despite codewords themselves being a very common and popular puzzle. Why is this? There are a couple of reasons: Firstly, codeword puzzles of course require the solver to place every letter from A-Z into the...
Added: 08 Nov 2014

Making Wordsearch Difficult
We recently had a request for some hard wordsearch, which is a fairly unusual thing. Unlike many other puzzle types like sudoku, for instance, people rarely request a difficulty level with wordsearch. Indeed, go and look at any wordsearch publication in...
Added: 08 Oct 2014

Father's Day Gift Idea
Sunday June 15th is Father's Day in the UK in 2014. As thoughts turn to what to buy our Dads to show our appreciation, inevitably various gift ideas will crop up: perhaps their favourite beer, tickets to the football, that book on trains you know they...
Added: 23 May 2014

Automatic Codeword Solving Program
For those of you who are struggling to solve a codeword puzzle, look no further! We've recently added an online codeword solving tool to the site, which can be accessed on our codeword solver page. This tool does what it says on the tin - you enter...
Added: 23 May 2014

Mother's Day Puzzles
Mother's Day is fast approaching at the time of writing - being on Sunday 30th March 2014. Of course, most of us will buy our mother a card, and perhaps some flowers and chocolates as a sign of our appreciation for all that they do for us. But...
Added: 11 Mar 2014

One Hundred Years of the Crossword
Did you know that the crossword has just turned 100 years old? The puzzle was first published in what would be recognised as a modern form on 21st December 1913 in the USA. The puzzle was created by a British journalist, Arthur Wynne. And it has gone...
Added: 23 Dec 2013

World Sudoku Championships 2013
The World Sudoku Championships for 2013 took place in October in Beijing. This was the eighth time that the tournament has been run. It occurs at the same time of year as the world puzzle championship, which you can read more about in the article on...
Added: 17 Nov 2013

World Puzzle Championships 2013
The World Puzzle Championships for 2013 recently took place in October, hosted this year in China. The world puzzle championship is an event organised by the WPF - World Puzzle Federation - where the best solvers from around the year meet annually to...
Added: 17 Nov 2013

Anniversary Sudoku Gift Books
Welcome to the latest addition in our range of gift related puzzle books - the range of anniversary Sudoku puzzle books. These cover a wide range of anniversaries, including all anniversaries from 1 - 10 years, and then the significant anniversaries...
Added: 18 Sep 2013

Personalised Puzzle Book Gifts
Have you ever been stuck for the perfect gift idea for a child who enjoys puzzles? If so, then you might like to consider a book from our new collection of personalised puzzle books for children. These books contain a range of different puzzle...
Added: 29 Aug 2013

Guessing and Puzzle Solving
One of the perennial debates is around what count as valid strategies when it comes to puzzle solving, and what a 'good' puzzle should expect of the solver. Generally most solvers would expect that a puzzle can be solved without having to guess, ie,...
Added: 05 Jun 2013

Custom Sudoku
Customised Sudoku puzzles are those that have an element of theming to them; whether this be a letter associated with a newspaper forming an additional region in them or some other element. The benefit of a customised or personalised Sudoku puzzle is...
Added: 04 Jun 2013

What makes a good puzzle
We regularly receive submissions of new puzzle types from aspiring puzzle authors. One of the most common problems is that the puzzle is either too derivative, and is effectively just an existing puzzle presented differently, OR the rules are too...
Added: 04 Jun 2013

Buy Puzzle Books
Are you a fan of puzzles that it is hard to find in volume? For instance - if crossword puzzles or standard sudoku are your thing then there are a plethora of titles out there that contain nothing but sudoku and crossword puzzles. But what do you...
Added: 25 Jul 2012

Kids Educational Puzzles
One of the great things about puzzles is that they are fun. And there is a real sense of satisfaction that comes with solving a puzzle. Therefore puzzles make a great educational tool, particularly where they help children to practice certain skills...
Added: 28 Jun 2012

Tips on Solving Word Ladder Puzzles
Word ladder puzzles - how do you go about solving them? There are two distinct strategies that people tend to use. The first is to solve from top-to-bottom, whilst the other is to solve from bottom-to-top. In truth, the best way to solve a...
Added: 12 Jun 2012

Solving Hanjie Puzzles
Hanjie Puzzles are rarely seen in publication, yet they tend to become something of an addiction for those who are bitten by the hanjie bug. Hanjie is a type of logic puzzle, and it consists of a rectangular grid with various numbers around the...
Added: 10 Feb 2012

Arrow Sudoku Puzzles
Arrow Sudoku puzzles are an enjoyable sudoku variant that is rarely seen in print. If you have done, then the chances are that you buy the i newspaper on Saturday, and if so you'll be familiar with the striking visual of this puzzle, as per the image...
Added: 11 Jan 2012

World Puzzle Championships
It may not be well known, but there is a World Puzzle Championship that takes place once a year. And this year's competition has just been held in Eger in Hungary. The World Puzzle Championship - or WPC - pits the wits of the best puzzlers...
Added: 14 Nov 2011

Human vs Computer Created Puzzles
Are computer created puzzles as good as ones made by humans? It is an interesting question that has been asked many times. In order to answer it, it seems reasonable to come up with a test to see if a person can distinguish between the two - if a...
Added: 13 Jun 2011

The Knights Tour
The Knights Tour belongs to an interesting group of puzzles known as travelling puzzles. Many of these puzzles follow the path of a chess piece around the board, or are inspired by that movement on a grid of a variety of shapes. You may have...
Added: 13 Apr 2011

Free Sudoku Plus Puzzle
Sudoku Plus is a variant of sudoku that you might not have seen before. The puzzle grid itself is the same as usual: a 9x9 grid that you must place 1 - 9 in once per region (row, column and 3x3 box). However there are far fewer givens in the puzzle...
Added: 24 Mar 2011

Solving Wordwheel Puzzles
Wordwheel puzzles are a simple but fun word puzzle that tests your vocabulary skills to the max. There are various variations on the standard wordwheel rules, but usually a wordwheel puzzle will require you to as a minimum find one word that uses all...
Added: 09 Feb 2011

Cracking Killer Sudoku
One of the best known sudoku variants is killer sudoku. However, by its very name the puzzle can seem quite intimidating, as it does sound quite daunting! The main difference between this puzzle and normal sudoku is that it is also a maths...
Added: 16 Jan 2011

Free Consecutive Sudoku
Happy New Year! We hope that all our visitors had a great Christmas and a good New Year. As 2011 starts, here is a free consecutive sudoku puzzle for you to print (including the solution in case you get stuck or want to verify your solution). To...
Added: 04 Jan 2011

Christmas Tree Mosaic Puzzle
Christmas is well and truly coming! And what better way to celebrate than with a free puzzle that is Christmas themed? Then look no further than our Christmas tree themed mosaic puzzle, the solution to which - as the name heavily hints at - is a...
Added: 22 Dec 2010

Wordladder puzzles
Wordladder puzzles are said to have been invented by Lewis Carroll, and are a fun little word puzzle with simple rules, but that can be quite hard to solve nonetheless. The aim of a word ladder is to move down a ladder from a word at the top to a word...
Added: 16 Dec 2010

Puzzle Magazines
There are a huge number of puzzle magazines out there in the market. When you go to your local newsagent or even supermarket, you will see a large range of puzzle magazines. Predominantly these magazines will cover crosswords, wordsearch and...
Added: 08 Dec 2010

Creating Irregular Sudoku Puzzles
Have you ever wondered how irregular sudoku puzzles are created? Also known as jigsaw sudoku, these are a reasonably common variant of sudoku that replace the neat 3 x 3 boxes with regions of all sorts of different shapes (but all containing nine...
Added: 03 Dec 2010

Sudoku and Symmetry
Most sudoku puzzles that you see - although not all - contain symmetry. Sepcifically, they tend to contain rotational symmetry such that if the puzzle is rotated 180 degrees it looks the same. This is visually quite pleasing, and infact some...
Added: 01 Dec 2010

Writing a good program to create sudoku
One of the reasons why sudoku has been able to become so popular all over the world is because supply has been able to keep up with demand. And the reason for that is because firstly the vast majority of sudoku seen in mainstream publications are...
Added: 30 Nov 2010

A Chess Puzzle
Chess is one of the oldest games that is still popular today. And it continues to go from strength to strength. Whilst there are several rules to learn with regard to how the pieces can move, taking manoeuvres, castling, check and so on, this pales...
Added: 29 Nov 2010

Sudoku: Maths Puzzle or Logic Puzzle?
A question that comes up with some frequency is whether sudoku is a maths puzzle or a logic puzzle, and depending where you look, you can see it referenced as falling in both these genres. Infact, sudoku is purely a logic puzzle. The reason for...
Added: 26 Nov 2010

Solving Hard Futoshiki Puzzles
This article discusses 5 x 5 sized futoshiki which is the most commonly seen size of this puzzle type. However, the strategies can be applied to larger puzzle sizes by simply adjusting the numbers. The first thing to say is that a good futoshiki...
Added: 25 Nov 2010

Creating your own Puzzle
Creating your own puzzle can be a very interesting and rewarding process, although as with any creative process it can also be frustrating. Are there any guidelines when coming up with a new puzzle that will help to make it good, and therefore...
Added: 24 Nov 2010

Do brain training puzzles work?
In the last few years, there have been a couple of notable shifts in the puzzling world. The first, of course, was the launch of sudoku in 2004 and the massive interest in sudoku in particular and puzzles in general that was caused as a result of that...
Added: 23 Nov 2010

Puzzle Competitions and World Puzzle Championships
There are various different puzzle competitions that take place around the world, and of course within many countries there are a large range of national contests. Probably the most well-known nationally are crossword championships and scrabble...
Added: 22 Nov 2010

iDoku Solving Tips
iDoku is a variant of ordinary sudoku that appears in the new 'i' newspaper. The aim of iDoku is to fill each row, column and 3x3 box in the puzzle such that 1 - 9 appear once only in each of them. In addition, there is a grey capital 'I' shape in...
Added: 19 Nov 2010

Loop Puzzles
Loop puzzles are the class of puzzles that require you to draw a loop of some sort. The rules vary, but in all the different types of loop puzzle you must form a single loop such that if you depart from any point on the loop you will ultimately...
Added: 18 Nov 2010

Strategy Tips for Solving Number Squares
There are various strategies that can be used to help you when solving number square puzzles. The first one is simply to be ordered in the solving process: start by writing down the numbers from 1 to 9 and then cross them off as you use them. ...
Added: 17 Nov 2010

Why is sudoku so popular?
The word phenomenon is arguably over-used, but it certainly does apply when talking about sudoku. For many years, the puzzle world was dominated by word puzzles such as the crossword and word search puzzle. Then suddenly in 2004 and early 2005,...
Added: 16 Nov 2010

Your Favourite Crossword Clue
What is your favourite crossword clue? For most people who solve general knowledge or cryptic crosswords, there are clues that stand out from time to time as being particularly memorable. This could be because they were quite involved and hard to...
Added: 16 Nov 2010

Free Outside Sudoku Puzzle
The SudoPlus puzzle is a sudoku variant. The rules are the same as the standard version of the puzzle with one additional rule. Place 1 - 9 once in each row, column and 3x3 box. In addition, you will see there are numbers around the grid, at the...
Added: 16 Nov 2010

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