Created by Barry Sharples
49 Sunflowers Puzzle
For a cheerful start let’s have a field of sunflowers to puzzle over.
The squirrel needs help gathering all the acorns in the oak wood.
Alcuin’s River Puzzles
Simple puzzles from possibly the earliest book of puzzles.
All Change Puzzle
A simple puzzle to turn the board from all orange to all blue.
Ancient Greek Puzzles
The oldest arithmetical puzzles from Greece but easy to solve.
Aka “Islands” and “Bridges”. Link all the islands by bridges.
Arrows Maze Puzzle
Follow the arrows around the board until you hit the target.
Ball Push Puzzle
Mix up the balls and then try to put the colours back together.
Ball Tumble Puzzle
The classic puzzle where you must clear the board of the coloured balls.
Blowing soap bubbles to build up your score is the challenge.
A number puzzle using buttons to set all the numbers to zero.
Explore the cave by torchlight to discover wonders.
A bit different. A mind puzzle rather than a board puzzle.
A magazine puzzle over 40 years old known to millions of people.
How many coconuts were collected? The monkey got five.
The solitaire you know from the well-known, well-loved toy.
Known for many years as the plastic puzzle ‘Mastermind’
The famous crossword puzzle without clues. Several levels to choose.
Put gold coins on the board placing them according to the clues.
Sort 16 clues into four groups of four related items.
A matchsticks puzzle to test on your family on quiet afternoons.
We had to have an example of a UK-style crossword.
So simple, this dominoes puzzle. But can you solve it first time?
A new puzzle that promises to be the most addictive here.
A classic sliding puzzle that has been around since 1878.
A medieval puzzle with braziers to keep lit on a cold night.
A colourful, dynamic way to use this computer characteristic.
Another classic puzzle with frogs hopping about on lily pads.
Four difficult thinking puzzles set by cryptographic experts.
A small selection of Henry Dudeney’s mathematical puzzles.
Shade numbers so rest appear once in each row and column.
A simple cross-the-board puzzle based on Halma.
Hungry Rabbit Puzzle
You need to build a rabbit-proof fence in the field and save the cabbages.
Hymn Board Puzzle
Henry Dudeney’s most difficult puzzle with a full solution.
Ice Maze Puzzles
Three puzzles where you leap between the ice floes to reach solid ground.
At last a playable webpage jigsaw puzzle completes the compendium.
Another Japanese number puzzle once called “Cross Sums”.
Key Spinout Puzzle
All you do is turn the tumblers to free the key. Simples!
Another classic. A chess knight must visit all the squares on the board.
Not often seen, this is a clever Japanese number puzzle.
A very simple puzzle to explain, a mite less easy to solve.
Mowing the lawn to remove all the daisies is tricky. You’ll see why.
Place leaves according to the rules to create a colourful solution.
A 21st century puzzle which, like Codeword, is a crossword without clues.
Lights Out Puzzle
Switch all the lights off to solve the puzzle. Then you can create your own.
Living World Puzzle
A mesmerising puzzle to create self-sustaining life in a small world.
Magic Buttons Puzzle
Choose a button and magically another one changes colour.
Farmer Giles’ cattle or your sheep. Who will win at the market?
Seriously challenging puzzle needing advanced techniques shown.
A simple puzzle that needs some clear thinking to solve.
We needed at least one maze puzzle and this one has a tricky twist.
A turning card memory puzzle on an animal theme with elephant cards.
Look for the famous missing person in these two amazing pictures.
Monty Hall Problem
A bit different. A quiz show mind puzzle rather than a board puzzle.
Find the hidden mouse. Choose for him to stay still or move about.
As chief water engineer, the irrigation plan depends on you.
If magic fails then you must use your wits to open the doors!
Parking Lot Puzzle
Aka ”Rush Hour”. Help the red car to leave the parking lot.
Sort the patchwork squares to recreate the original quilt.
Peg Jump Puzzle
Two versions of the little wooden jumping puzzle to solve.
Two puzzles with pencils which change colour and disappear.
A sliding blocks puzzle which requires patience. It first appeared in 1909.
Four pictures to re-assemble will test your observation skill.
Your snowmobile has to make it from base camp to the pole.
A knowledge puzzle with a follow-up English alternative.
Pack the valuable boxes carefully on the tray so that none slide about.
This puzzle may date back 400 years. It is set in a tavern.
Discover the hidden words in these easy image puzzles.
Red Donkey Puzzle
An ancient puzzle re-invented several times in different countries.
A simple but intriguing puzzle. Rarely seen on the web.
A small selection from the large number of Sam Loyd’s brainteaser puzzles.
Help the dog collect the sheep from the field into the pen.
Two sliding puzzles with one-way doors to add extra difficulty.
Three interesting picture puzzles to solve by sliding the blocks.
A new and clever variant on the many sliding puzzles.
Star Turn Puzzle
A new twist in puzzling involving sliding the piece and turning the board.
For everyone who finds the United States a puzzling country.
Eight ‘Number Place’ puzzles in various different styles.
A puzzle you could make with pins and string. Or draw on the screen here.
Suguru Blank Puzzle
A particular example of a new puzzle from Japan with a twist.
A connecting puzzle needing all your skill to solve.
A Turkish games designer created this unusual puzzle in 2007.
Three Rings Puzzle
Three rings to be re-assembled and three puzzles to choose from.
Turn the wheels to bring the red wheel together behind the blue.
Inpired by the beauty of tile patterns here is a creative puzzle.
A tile-matching puzzle using Mah Jongg tiles and ‘famous faces’ tiles.
Tom & Jerry Roller
A different slide puzzle where rows and columns roll up and down.
A very simple test of your spatial awareness and reflexes.
Tower of Hanoi Puzzle
A patience puzzle said to be based on a Brahmin creation legend.
Even changing traffic lights can be made into a tricky puzzle.
A favourite newspaper and magazine puzzle ideal for the screen.
So simple to solve but fascinating to invent more of the same.
Turn the discs to rearrange the colours to their starting position.
Two by Two Puzzle
A minimalist but colourful puzzle to exercise the little grey cells.
World Countries Puzzle
How well do you know the world we live in? A puzzle for all the family.
A simple puzzle created by Josh Wardle in October 2021.
The famous sea battle game where you aim to sink the enemy fleet.
Aim to fill the board with your colour by placing and moving counters.
A Mancala game where you don’t own any pieces but collect them to win.
The original game from which ‘Othello’ was derived. It needs careful play.
The ancient Egyptian race game using sticks for dice and a tile board.
Tigers and Goats
A two part game played particularly in Nepal where these tigers hunt.
A Japanese game played using a ‘Go’ board and pieces.
The Puzzles need thought not speed. The Games are played against the computer so you can learn how to play and also use them for practice!
Site last updated — August 2023