Favorite Source for Logic Puzzles
September 18, 2018 5:32 PM   Subscribe

We have a sudden mania for logic puzzles in our house! What are your favorite sources for logic puzzles? (Online, print, whatever.) I would double extra love a site with a "logic puzzle of the day" (or even week) that I could put in my RSS reader. A range of difficulties would be great.
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Grab Bag (19 answers total) 63 users marked this as a favorite
posted by brujita at 5:52 PM on September 18, 2018 [3 favorites]

logic-puzzles.org is a thing.
posted by amtho at 5:56 PM on September 18, 2018 [5 favorites]

The New York Times updates its puzzle page daily. If you scroll down past the crossword, you'll find 4 logic games: Spelling Bee, Sudoku, Ken Ken, and Set. Each of those has multiple skill levels within as well.
posted by hydra77 at 5:57 PM on September 18, 2018 [1 favorite]

I liked the battleship puzzle in this FPP. The thread has a couple of other suggestions.
posted by Wobbuffet at 6:38 PM on September 18, 2018

Here's an endless fountain of puzzles.
posted by irrelephant at 6:43 PM on September 18, 2018 [2 favorites]

If the NYT versions of Set and KenKen aren't enough: KenKen has a puzzle of the day, as does Set .

These are a little more math-y, but U Waterloo CEMC has great problems of the week you can subscribe to.
posted by Wulfhere at 6:46 PM on September 18, 2018 [1 favorite]

For clarification, do you mean einstein's fish sort of logic puzzles or something else?
If the above is true:
Sporcle's got some good hard logic puzzles, my favorites are by katiewandering.
Otherwise, those slighly seedy looking puzzle/crossword/word jumble/acrostic newsprint books will also have a decent logic puzzle or 5 in them.
If the above is false then: *shruggo*
posted by Cold Lurkey at 7:07 PM on September 18, 2018

the 1987 computer game The Fool's Errand is full of logic puzzles and is recently-isa became playable online.
I have enjoyed revisiting it a lot.
posted by wowenthusiast at 7:54 PM on September 18, 2018 [2 favorites]

I think I learned about TypeShift here. It’s a crossword type puzzle app that has a daily feature that gets harder throughout the week, and also other “packs” you can do.
posted by oomny at 8:44 PM on September 18, 2018

PennyPress/Dell referenced by brujita offers a value pack of back issues that is a great bargain - far cheaper than getting the current monthly issues and, frankly, logic puzzles age very slowly.
posted by metahawk at 11:06 PM on September 18, 2018 [3 favorites]

I will nth the Penny Press / Dell logic puzzles if that is the sort you mean.

If you want things like Sudoku, KenKen, Battleships, Slitherlink, Kakuro, and the like, then krazydad.com is my favorite. There are printable versions, as well as interactive ones you can do online. I have used tons of these with kids from 3rd grade and up, and they love them. The ones relying on spatial reasoning are pretty simple for kids to pick up, and the difficulty level ranges from easy to totally fiendish.

On krazydad, there are a number of puzzle types which I have not seen other places. My favorite is Area 51, which is a hybrid of several other puzzles.
posted by ktkt at 11:52 PM on September 18, 2018

Montague Island Mysteries is a book of loosely linked logic puzzles that build up to a final whodunnit. It doesn't really deliver "the immersive pleasure of a novel," as the blurb claims, but it's an interesting experiment, and the three dozen-odd puzzles are fiendish.
posted by Iridic at 8:31 AM on September 19, 2018 [1 favorite]

logic-puzzles.org is a thing.
This site has really good English style or maybe you know them as grid style puzzles. If you are talking about others, that same site has ton of sister sites that have lots of other formats. The anacrostics are really good.

Here's an endless fountain of puzzles.
Seconding this one and the excellent iOS app!

You might like paint by number, which is a form of logic puzzle.
posted by soelo at 8:46 AM on September 19, 2018

Conceptis puzzles has a lot of the non-word logic puzzles. Griddlers focuses on the nonogram type (aka paint by numbers).
posted by evening at 4:49 PM on September 19, 2018

KrazyDad has thousands of really good logic puzzles that can be printed, downloaded, and/or done online. Sudoku, kenken, slitherlink, kakuro, and lots of other ones.
posted by ErWenn at 8:26 PM on September 19, 2018

Oh man — i grew up with those Dell and PressPress logic puzzle books but haven’t thought about them in years (ok, decades). There was just something very satisfying about working through those with a pencil on paper. Pens were for machocists.
posted by cgg at 12:40 AM on September 20, 2018

If you're interested in knights and knaves type logic puzzles, I highly highly recommend Raymond Smullyan's books, particularly What's the Name of this Book? and Alice in Puzzleland. I worked through the first of these as a pre-teen and it's amazing that it takes you from pretty simple puzzles all the way to Godel's Incompleteness Theorem.
posted by peacheater at 7:52 AM on September 20, 2018

My favorite source is Nikoli.com, but they actually closed up just a few days ago. They promise to develop a mobile app soon, and I’d recommend their puzzles for sure if they do.
posted by nat at 1:02 AM on September 21, 2018

The Art of Puzzles is one of my favorite puzzling sites. The Microsoft Puzzle Hunt also keeps some of their old events online here if you’re into that sort of puzzling.
posted by kejadlen at 8:14 AM on September 21, 2018

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