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Give me your favorite non-kitschy jigsaw puzzles.

Looking for cool jigsaw puzzles, preferably 1000-2000 pieces and under $25. Trying to avoid Kinkadian landscapes and anything overly busy. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Nov 27, 2016 - 8 answers

Fun, flat, mail-able, multi-participant game / puzzle-like things?

Imagine you want to send a flat envelope full of random things to a bunch of people. Bonus points if those random things encourage the recipients to interact with each other. What would you fill the envelopes with? [more inside]
posted by adamkempa on Oct 5, 2016 - 10 answers

Best building/construction puzzle games for iPad

Looking for fun building/construction puzzle games for iPad, for kids age 8 & 5. [more inside]
posted by rouftop on Aug 4, 2016 - 3 answers

Best online riddles

Years ago, I had a glorious weekend with my best friend where we just hung out and did Weffriddles all weekend long. (Also wore togas, but that is not important.) Where can I find more/the best like this so I can do them with people! [more inside]
posted by OnTheLastCastle on Aug 1, 2016 - 5 answers

More collaborative puzzle-solving opportunities like Post Hunt?

I participated in the Washington Post puzzle hunt this year and loved it. What are some other opportunities, either local to DC or virtual, to employ the same kind of creative, collaborative problem-solving that is involved in Post Hunt? [more inside]
posted by capricorn on Jun 6, 2016 - 11 answers

brain teasers for kittens

We have a very active six week old kitten. What puzzles are age-appropriate for this kitten? I need more ways to redirect this cute kitten from tantalizing wires! [more inside]
posted by aniola on Jun 3, 2016 - 22 answers

Irreverent Crosswords

Where can I find (online, web playable) crossword puzzles like the ones that Buzzfeed was publishing up until recently? [more inside]
posted by sparklemotion on Mar 4, 2016 - 7 answers

Christmas math

Oh hai. This was me. Awesome responses. Now I need some help with cryptograms. [more inside]
posted by mrfuga0 on Dec 19, 2015 - 6 answers

Challenges, Puzzles and Courses in Maths, Logic and Computing

I'm looking for challenges, puzzles and "teach yourself" courses that involve maths and logic, probably related to computing. Ideally I'd like a curated source (mailing list or regularly updated website), but perhaps the best we can do is collect them here. Inside I will give examples of what I mean by "challenges, puzzles and courses". [more inside]
posted by andrewcooke on Dec 12, 2015 - 9 answers

Please recommend an online jigsaw puzzle store.

Need more jigsaw puzzles for my Grandmother, and all the online jigsaw puzzle stores look the same to me. [more inside]
posted by Beholder on Sep 8, 2015 - 9 answers

Examples & name for this category of puzzle?

Do you have a name and/or other examples for this class of puzzle like Sudoku, or 0h n0 or 0h h1? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Apr 8, 2015 - 13 answers

Has anyone got jigsaw puzzles made in China?

Looking to start a small side business of jigsaw puzzles in themes like oriental art, miniature art etc. Need some advice on specs and navigating the Ali Baba process [more inside]
posted by epiphinite on Jan 12, 2015 - 5 answers

Puzzles with only "yes" or "no" questions

I'm not sure what these types of puzzles are called, but I want to build the canonical list of them. They are usually vague, open-ended descriptions of a situation, and the other players have to figure out what's going on. Players can only ask questions that can be answered by either "yes" or "no," they cannot ask anything else. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Nov 25, 2014 - 29 answers

Suggestions for daily humor site geared towards dementia people?

My brother and his wife both have dementia and are currently living in a memory care home and need notes from home. [more inside]
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Oct 31, 2014 - 11 answers

Help, Book-Sleuths of AskMe!

Trying to track down a Halloween-y children's (?) book of puzzles and such. Details within. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 23, 2014 - 0 answers

Looking for a new hobby to do at home, MANY restrictions

I'm casting about for a new at-home hobby, but need something that doesn't take up much space at all, doesn't require staring at a glowing screen or tax eyes much, and doesn't aggravate my RSI. [more inside]
posted by taz on Oct 14, 2014 - 32 answers

Puzzle me this

I'm organising a competition in which groups of people have to work together to solve a series of puzzles. I'm looking for puzzles along the lines of that hoary old favourite about the Farmer trying to cross the river with a Fox, a Chicken and Bag of Grain or the one involving the Two Guards, one of whom only tells lies and the other who only tells the truth. [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Oct 12, 2014 - 16 answers

In a 2048 or Threes-like game, what is the highest possible score?

In one of these puzzle games like 2048 or Threes, where you merge tiles to create higher numbers, is there any way to prove what is the highest possible tile number that can be created given the rules and dimensions? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Oct 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Clever, low-stress, RSI-friendly, eyecandy puzzle-adventure type games?

Need moar gamez, plz hope! (for Mac or iPad.) I love Myst-type, atmospheric, "wander around beautifully illustrated worlds and solve puzzles" type games, especially with at least a little narrative quality, and want to avoid timed segments (do this within a timed period or fail), explicit / realistic violence (I don't really want to be killing things or wandering around bloody rooms, etc.), or games where advancement hinges on say, physically jumping from one thing to another thing in just the right way, at the right speed, etc. Specifically, I don't want to have to do much or any repetitive clicking/tapping movements, because ouch. [more inside]
posted by taz on Sep 12, 2014 - 23 answers

What are the best, most fun puzzle mysteries?

I'm on the hunt for puzzle mysteries, any art form, any style. Details within. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Need a new coffee table

Help me find a coffee table along the lines of Geek Chic, but on the cheap (or at least cheaper). [more inside]
posted by PaperDragon on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Custom-made jigsaw puzzles NOT from a photo?

I'd like to order a custom-made jigsaw puzzle made from a map of my neighborhood, with specific addresses marked. How to do this so that it comes out clear and awesome and not faint and blurry? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Feb 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Table top brainteaser puzzles

Where can I find more good ideas for brainteaser puzzles like these? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Jan 17, 2014 - 3 answers

iPad puzzles and games for a 20-month-old

Flying in the face of scientists' warnings, my wife and I allow our child to play with the iPad from time to time. She's outgrown most of the apps she previously played with -- does anyone have any recommendations for good puzzle, games, and educational apps that would be age-appropriate and interesting for a twenty-month-old? Thanks.
posted by gerryblog on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 answers

Stumped on this Sudoku

I've been stuck on this Sudoku for weeks. What's the next step? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 17, 2013 - 14 answers

Gift ideas: puzzle, game, or other.

Looking for a gift for my father, who loved the Tetris Cube puzzle, but is the kind of guy to get himself whatever he wants. So, I'm trying to be thoughtful and creative. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking pretty, engaging games with no violence.

Need non-violent game recommendations. Have Xbox 360 (never used), a badass PC, and iPad. Like pretty, detailed environments, exploration, puzzles/deduction, mystery, adventure. Dislike all but the most very mild violence, and also not very good with things that are time-sensitive (like having to do things very, very quickly or have a good reaction time to succeed). Many years ago in the mid-late '90s I enjoyed Myst/Riven, The 7th Guest, Zork Nemesis, the X-Files game, the Titanic game, and a couple other exploring worlds/figuring things out things that I can't remember the names of. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Aug 16, 2013 - 48 answers

Best printable crossword puzzles?

My partner and I really like doing crosswords together when we're on vacation and have easy access to a newspaper. We don't get a paper delivered at home, so I'm looking for some online sources. She's a dyed in the wool, pen and paper crossword doer though, so I'd like to find some printable ones to work through together. I'm having trouble finding just the right source though. We're probably in the middle range of the spectrum as far as difficulty goes. The NYT Sunday Crossword is a little too tough, but the People Magazine one is boringly easy. [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on Jul 20, 2013 - 19 answers

Traveling the Sherlock Way

I have the first week of June to travel, now in need of suggestions as to a place that might fit my strange requirements. [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on May 15, 2013 - 10 answers

What are some good, non-battery-draining iPhone/iPod Touch games?

I'll be on three flights in the next 11 days, and although I'd like to sleep through every flight, I doubt that'll happen. I have an iPhone 4 and a 3rd-gen iPod Touch at my disposal, so I'd like to throw some new, non-battery-killing games on them before I go. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jan 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Fun for the whole family, Christmas edition.

Gift-filter: What are your best gift ideas for a family of 5 adults? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Nov 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Riddle me this.

I need riddles and puzzles for a bright bunch of high school students. Like the ones below that they taught me... [more inside]
posted by robotot on Oct 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Looking for exploration/immersive puzzle games

I've been a long-time fan of the Myst series, but up until recently with Fez I didn't realize how much I missed atmospheric games based heavily on exploration and worldbuilding-type puzzles. Can anyone recommend more? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Puzzles and printables to send a sick kid.

Cool puzzles, illusions and whatever else you think would entertain a very bright 9 year old boy who is going to be spending the next number of weeks in hospital. Printable would be a bonus. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

There must be a puzzle of a forest and a lake out there somewhere!

I need to find a jigsaw puzzle featuring a Hudson River School artist! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

I need some really difficult riddles, puzzles, and logic challenges.

Co-workers of mine insist on posting little brain teasers and such all around the office: riddles, mazes, jumbles, crosswords, etc. Help me find remarkably difficult (but possible) puzzles that I can use to troll them. Bonus points if they look, at first glance, relatively simple.
posted by Plutor on Nov 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Can doing mental puzzles, riddles problems actually make us smarter or does it just make us more nimble with whatever smarts we already have?

Can doing mental puzzles, riddles problems actually make us smarter or does it just make us more nimble with whatever smarts we already have? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Oct 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Point me to these puzzles, please!

Does anyone know of puzzle magazines or books that are exclusively Pencil Pointers? It's that game in Games magazine that has the clues written into the puzzle itself. Like this: [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Sep 2, 2011 - 7 answers

What are some 3D puzzles?

What are some activities that exercise visual or structural type thinking? Something to do with science, technology, or 3-dimensions preferred. I'm looking for puzzles, hobbies, or other activities that might be performed through an actual job that I'm just not aware of. As examples, auto-mechanics classes and memorizing anatomy books immediately comes to mind.
posted by Giggilituffin on Aug 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Made to order jigsaw puzzles?

Where can I get a custom photo jigsaw puzzle made? The catch: The "photo" file would be an image from X-Men. [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion on Jul 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Game/puzzle suggestions please! I like unravelling things, solving a mystery or puzzle backwards.

Game/puzzle suggestions please! I like unravelling things, solving a mystery or puzzle backwards. [more inside]
posted by belau on Jun 5, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I get better at cryptic crosswords?

I want to get better at cryptic crosswords! [more inside]
posted by BigCalm on Mar 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Bar Hopping Puzzle Hunt Ideas

I'm planning a bachelor party in a few months. As a surprise for the "bar hopping" part of the evening, we plan to have a puzzle/scavenger hunt from bar to bar. Starting at our dinner location, there will be some puzzle or task that the bachelor has to perform to figure out where to go next (and maybe what to do there). For example: At one bar, he will have to try to buy a drink with Monopoly money. The bartender will know to give him his drink and also an envelope full of scrabble tiles, which he then has to unscramble into a name of another bar and.. well.. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 - 7 answers

I'm not a 12-year-old boy -- So walk me through Nintendo DS Lite?

I think I want a Nintendo DS Lite, but I'm totally ignorant. → I'm in Greece ←, and don't want to spend the money (this money, it is tight) only to find out that it was a bad choice for me in terms of game level and types of games, acquisition of games, country specific restrictions, and if the one I have my eye on (via EBay) is the right choice. Can you hold my hand? [more inside]
posted by taz on Feb 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Geocache puzzle?

Suggestions for geocache puzzle? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst on Feb 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Is there a good introduction to puzzle logic out there?

I recently read through the Problem Sleuth section of MS Paint Adventures and loved it to pieces. However, it reminded me that the kind of logic employed in adventure game puzzles has always flustered me. Are there any good resources that pull back the curtain on how these kinds of logic/linear thinking puzzles are constructed? I've seen or played loads of examples, but never seen anything that really breaks them down into their components.
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Jan 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s?

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s? Every week, they'd send a logic-type puzzle that was part of a larger mystery. I never solved the last two, and I wish I had. I'd love to give it another shot if this game is still online somewhere. [more inside]
posted by lesli212 on Dec 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Trying to remember the title of a 3D spherical labyrinth game

For fans of the The Nemesis Factor and other complex physical puzzles: I'm trying to remember the name of a now out of print 3D spherical labyrinth. As I remember, the puzzle consisted of a clear globe, inside of which was a complicated three dimensional maze composed of slides and structures and other structures, through which the player would navigate a little metal ball. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 27, 2010 - 5 answers

My clients sooo like me the BEST...

Group Activities, Games, and Challenges for Adults? (who don't respond well to hokey or woo-woo stuff) That require using teamwork and brainwork? And don't need a lot of money or materials? [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Making math fun!

Calling all math lovers! Great mathematics toys/gifts for adults? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 7, 2010 - 24 answers

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