One-of-a-kind pencil puzzles for bright kids: Incredible craftsmanship and extraordinary variety, all with 100% kid-friendly vocabulary in both the clues and the answer words.
Accessible by a wide range of ages, these puzzles provide just the right level of difficulty: Not too easy, not too hard. At the same time, each puzzle presents its own unique challenge -- solvers will need to flex their minds in different ways to reach the solution.
The puzzles in each collection are completely different, though you will see the same variants from time to time.
Ten puzzles in this collection:
- Gotta Split: In this puzzle, you're not only figuring out the answers... you're figuring out the clues!
- Checkerboard: The light squares get one set of words. The dark squares get another set of words. And when you read ALL the squares, you get yet another set of words!
- Double Crossers: These aren't dirty double crossers -- they're the fun kind. Put three letters in each box. Each box will be part of two different answers. A challenging feat of wordplay.
- Spiral: One set of words spirals in to the center of this curvy grid... and a completely different set of words spirals back out again. Work back and forth between the two sets of clues until you have every square filled in.
- You Can Quote Me: A common quotation puzzle, made easier for kids. Can you figure out the funny quote from Groucho Marx?
- Flower Power: This flower is abloom with words! Every petal gets a letter, forming a dozen words curving one way and a dozen curving the other way.
- Labyrinth: Follow the twisty path of words until you escape the maze! Use the row answers to make sure you don't get lost.
- Packing Crates: The words are really packed together in this interesting crossword variant. Can you unpack all the answers?
- Bits and Pieces: A dazzling anagramming challenge. Use the three-letter and four-letter bits to spell eight-letter words. What's that? You still need one more letter? I guess you'll need to figure that part out on your own.
- Half and Half: Each answer in this puzzle has been chopped in half, and each half belongs to two different answers.
Eric Berlin is the founder of Puzzle Your Kids. Eric is a frequent contributor to the New York Times crossword puzzle, and is the premier creator of word puzzles and pencil puzzles for ages 9 and up. He is the author of "The Puzzling World of Winston Breen" and its sequels, and has puzzled tens of thousands of children around the country in person with his school visits.