Puzzles can be quite nurturing when we’re going through challenging times. These relaxing, challenging, solution-focused and inexpensive (or free) puzzles never lose their appeal. By focusing our minds on solving problems, and asking us to think outside the box, puzzles can paradoxically be the solution to enduring scary and uncertain times.
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Many people get their daily fix of crossword puzzles from newspapers. The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Washington Post daily puzzles have almost two weeks of archived daily crosswords. You can access them for free.
Printable Crossword Puzzles for Kids
Puzzles to Print offers free printable crossword puzzles for kids of all ages.
Jigsaw planets has lots of free online puzzles to try. You can even beat the clock and be ranked as the fastest.
Jigsaw Explorer – Online Jigsaw Puzzles
Jigsaw Explorer has Daily Jigsaw puzzles as well as a Friday Mystery Puzzle. The pieces are scattered on your screen and using your mouse, you put them together.
Create your own Puzzles at TheJigsawPuzzles.com
Want to make your own puzzles from your own pictures? Sign up at The Jigsaw Puzzles and you can do that and receive puzzles by email, too.
Printable Word Search and More
Load up on fun printable puzzles. Word searches, crosswords, cryptograms, mazes, brain teasers, math games and lots of freebies. For children and adults.
Make your own word search puzzle
You can the Armored Penguin page to create your own word search puzzle with your own list of words.
Connect with Other Puzzlers
Want to connect with other puzzle lovers? Jigidi is a community of online jigsaw puzzlers and solvers and joining their community is free. They also have many online puzzles.
Crazy Games – More than Puzzles
For a larger variety, you can try Crazy Games. In addition to puzzles, they’ve collected a variety of free online games like mahjong, solitary, hex blocks, sports games, and many more. They add new games every day. Have fun!
Crossword and Smart Phone Versions
Boatload Puzzles offers free online Crossword puzzles. They also have smart phone versions of their puzzles.
AARP Daily Cryptic Crossword Puzzles
Nothing like have a crossword puzzle with secret meanings. Play the best daily cryptic crossword puzzle and have fun solving the mysteries of words.
Popular in Britain and Australia, cryptic crossword puzzles include diabolical clues that can present a challenge to any crossword puzzle solver. In these crosswords, each clue is a word puzzle in and of itself.
Chose difficulty levels before you start
This free online jigsaw puzzle delivers a new challenge each and every day! Choose easy, normal or expert and instantly play! No downloads needed!
Board with Crosswords? Why not try an Acrostic Puzzle. You find crossword style clues but you need to reveal a hidden quote. Try your luck at acrostics.puzzlebaron.com where you can print out your puzzle or play online.
Logic Puzzles by Puzzle Baron
Why not challenge yourself further and try a logic puzzle. Also if you sign up for a free account you can resume your puzzles and enter monthly scoring competitions. Heck, you might even make it into the Puzzle Baron’s hall of fame.
Free Learning Games – Kids Logic Online Puzzles
Equally brilliant kids may want to try The Kidz Page logic puzzles. If you activate the Flash player in your browser you can play online by filling in the squares in the game grid. Other Learning Games
Brain Games for Kids and Adults
Play free online Brain Games at UgameZone! No download or registration needed. Brain Games for PC and mobile devices including brain teaser games, brain games for kids, brain training games, brain exercise games and much more.
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