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Printable Pencil Games, Puzzles, Brain Teasers

Updated on December 3, 2017
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Crossword, Sudoku, Word Find, Dot to Dot, Cryptograms, Logic Puzzles, Brain Teasers and more!

I love pencil games - I've been a pencil puzzle fan since childhood. I enjoy solving mazes, crosswords, word find puzzles, hangman games, dot to dot and rebus puzzles. Newer puzzle games like Sudoku present a real challenge and are probably the most popular pencil games in the world right now.

Many popular pencil games are now available for Kindle and other e-devices - take your games with you and play anywhere.

What's your favorite pencil game: Crosswords, Sudoku, Word Find, Dot to Dot, Cryptograms, Logic Puzzles, Brain Teasers, Hidden Pictures - they're all here in this collection of pencil puzzle games.

Kids and adults both enjoy pencil puzzles ... they're fun, you can take them anywhere, they're quiet and they give your brain a work out.

Best Pencil Puzzles - Games Magazines Finest Pencil Puzzle Collection

If I have a pencil puzzle magazine in my bag, I don't fret so much when I have to wait a bit for my dental appointment, auto service or when my flight is delayed. And, unlike my phone or Kindle Fire, a pencil puzzle book never runs out of battery life.

Games Magazine Presents Best Pencil Puzzles
Games Magazine Presents Best Pencil Puzzles

The best pencil puzzles and brain challenging games for one, all in one handy book.


Fun, Free, Favorite Printable Pencil Puzzles - Printable Game Sheets for Favorite Pencil Puzzles

The web sites and blogs in this recommended pencil games collection offer a big selection of print and gol games for adults and children. Pick and choose your favorites from the different types of pencil puzzles for kids and grownups from the links below - each site was personally reviewed.

Sudoku Puzzles - One a day, for more than a year

My 82-year old mother is amazingly good at Sudoku. She's a retired accountant and has a knack for number games. She prefers to play these games with pencil and paper instead of using her Kindle. Go figure ...

Are you a fan of Sudoku? - The most popular pencil games in the world right now is Sudoku

Sudoku Puzzle Game,
Sudoku Puzzle Game,

Sudoku games are all the rage, with adults and kids of all ages all over the world.

Do you enjoy solving sudoku puzzles?

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Sudoko Puzzle Games for All Ability Levels

Sudoku puzzles are one of the newest and most popular pencil games. Find free printable Sudoku puzzles for adults and children in this list of printable Sudoku games.

Play Kindle E-Games - You Don't Need an Eraser! - Get popular pencil puzzles for your Kindle and travel light!

Kindle makes the joy of reading on the go lightweight and simple. Carry your favorite books, magazines, newspapers and puzzle books with you when you travel without any extra weight, bulk or baggage. With Kindle Fire models, watch video, television, check Facebook, snap photos and listen to music. All the benefits of an iPad at far lower cost.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", HDX Display, Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

Updates on the fly with free Wi-Fi, storage for hundreds of your favorites.


Do you like Crossword Puzzles? - The classic pencil puzzle for all ages

Newspaper crossword puzzle,
Newspaper crossword puzzle,

Sharpen your pencil and your wits by solving a crossword puzzle with a theme.

Do you enjoy solving crossword puzzles?

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New York Times Crosswords - The best crossword puzzles in print

NYT crossword puzzles are considered the absolute best in the world. You can buy them in books or find them online.

NY Times Crosswords for a Lazy Day

Some pencil games are strictly intended for solo personal enjoyment while others can be worked with a partner or a team to join in the puzzle-solving fun. I prefer the good old-fashioned type worked solo in a paperback book, newspaper page or printed from my computer to use offline, but with new apps for smartphones and tablet computers you can play popular games just about anywhere.

Whatever your preference in puzzles and games, you're sure to find plenty of fun here to tackle at home or on a trip. I love to work on crossword puzzles while at the beach or when I travel by rail, bus or plane. I recently added Sudoku to my Kindle Fire.

The New York Times Supersized Book of Sunday Crosswords: 500 Puzzles (New York Times Crossword Puzzles)
The New York Times Supersized Book of Sunday Crosswords: 500 Puzzles (New York Times Crossword Puzzles)

Tackle your favorite NYT puzzles from the huge collection in this book of Sunday crosswords.


Printable Crossword Puzzles - From easy to challenging, crosswords for everyone

Print and solve these free crossword puzzle games.

Do you enjoy Word Search Puzzles? - Upside down and sideways words are the toughest word searches

word search puzzle photo by sun dazed, on Flickr
word search puzzle photo by sun dazed, on Flickr

My older daughter has loved word find and word search puzzles since she was 10 years old. She still plays word search games, sometimes with a computer and sometimes as a pencil puzzle.

Do you enjoy solving word search puzzles?

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Do you like to solve Cryptograms? - Are you a master code breaker?

Cryptogram code block photo by austinevan, on Flickr
Cryptogram code block photo by austinevan, on Flickr

Ciphers, codes and cryptographic puzzles really challenge the brain. I loved decoding cryptograms as a kid.

Do you enjoy solving cryptogram puzzles?

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Printable Cryptogram Puzzles - Solve for clues to decipher the coded message

Be a code breaker cryptographer! Solve ciphers and cryptograms using logic, pattern recognition and knowledge of grammar and spelling to find hidden messages in these pencil puzzle favorites.

Rebus Puzzles - Rebus puzzles can include pictures and words

Vogel's rebuses by jhritz, on Flickr
Vogel's rebuses by jhritz, on Flickr

Text messages remind me of word-based rebus puzzle phrases. The most challenging rebus puzzles are composed from pictures combined with words.

Do you like to solve rebus puzzles?

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Printable Rebus Puzzles - Combine Pictures and Letters to Make Words

Solve the puzzle by decoding the meaning of the combined pictures, symbols and words in each rebus puzzle. Some rebus puzzles are made up only of words with unique positioning or size to provide clues to the solution.

For example: this is rebus puzzle solves to the meaning "head over heels"



Kids Puzzle Book - Lots of fun pencil puzzles for children

A whole book of challenging and fun pencil puzzles designed for kids!

The Everything Kids' Puzzle Book: Mazes, Word Games, Puzzles & More! Hours of Fun!
The Everything Kids' Puzzle Book: Mazes, Word Games, Puzzles & More! Hours of Fun!

You'll need to keep your pencil sharpener handy - there are enough pencil puzzles and pencil games in this book to keep kids entertained for hours!


Logic Puzzles and Brain Teasers - Read the clues to solve the puzzle or mystery

Be a word detective! Apply logical thinking and systematic solution methods to solve these challenging puzzles. Logic puzzles lend themselves to pencil and paper so you can organize the clues, chart your possible solutions and keep track of the facts you've connected or eliminated.

Do you like to solve logic puzzles? - My Dad loved logic puzzles

When I was a kid our family dinners were lively and filled with conversation. Dad would often give us a logic problem to solve over dinner. That was how we learned to think and eat at the same time. No pencils allowed for these dinner table logic games!

Do you enjoy the challenge of solving logic puzzles?

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Hidden Picture Puzzle Books - Lots of Hidden Picture Puzzles to Solve

My grandson shares my passion for solving hidden picture puzzles. I've been shopping around to find a good library of hidden picture game books he can play with when he visits me.

If you enjoy working crosswords, mazes, word search puzzles, soduko or other pencil games or puzzles let me know. Got a favorite place to find free printable pencil puzzles? Drop me a note via my contact button so I can check it out to add it to this article.

© 2011 Lee Hansen

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      5 months ago

      You missed the puzzle monster! - they make great printable puzzles, most of them are logic. They are really fun because they add a lot of pop culture trivia to them.

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      4 years ago

      Killer Sudoku are my favorite too! Killer Sudoku online have a large archive dating back to 2006. I've managed to work my way up to a 40-50% success rate in Extreme options but haven't tried anything harder than that. I also love Kakoru and Double Acrostics

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      Kathryn Grace 

      5 years ago from San Francisco

      I feel slightly fraudulent after completing the polls above because I enjoy almost all of those puzzles, although none is my favorite, and I cannot honestly say "I love" any of them. But I do enjoy them, so I couldn't say I've never done most of them or that I hate any of them. My favorite are word puzzles, and I do enjoy working them on line because of the instant gratification that often comes with the games. Bells and whistles go off. That sort of thing. Oh dear. Now I'm tempted to go play instead of getting more work done. : )

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      poldepc lm 

      5 years ago

      great lens...thanks for sharing

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      6 years ago from USA

      Lots of fun on this page! We love word games best of all.

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      6 years ago

      I love doing puzzle games.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I love word puzzles but not number puzzles. Great options here!

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      6 years ago from East Central Florida

      This is a perfect page for the upcoming National Puzzle Day! (It's Jan 29)

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      7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Pencil puzzles of all sorts are so much fun! I absolutely have to add this to my pencil page. Thanks! :)

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      7 years ago

      My favourite are the Killer Soduko puzzles. The ones with no starting numbers, and the boxes that numbers have to add up to. Once you get the hang of them, they start to seem easier than normal soduko puzzles - you've got more clues.


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