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:
- Hexed: Each of the 25 six-letter answers in this puzzle circles around its clue number. Get one answer, and you'll have a handhold on several others. An intricate construction.
- Fruits and Veggies: A mixed salad of wordplay challenges.
- Trail Mix: Strap on your hiking boots! You'll need to blaze a dozen trails through this crossword grid, using the row answers to guide your way.
- Diamond Crossword: Just for a change of pace, it's a good, old-fashioned crossword puzzle!
- One, Two, Three: In this crossword variant, each square will get one, two, or even three letters. Figuring out how many letters go into each blank is part of the challenge.
- Gotta Split: In this puzzle, you're not only figuring out the answers... you're figuring out the clues!
- Knockouts:: A little word math for you. Add two words together, then knock out two of the letters to get yet another word. The letters you knock out will complete a secret message...
- 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.
- 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!
- Labyrinth: Follow the twisty path of words until you escape the maze! Use the row answers to make sure you don't get lost.
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.