Puzzles are popular hobbies because they stretch the mind and challenge whoever is participating in them. Some puzzles are more like games, designed to suit multiple players at the same time, while other puzzles are best suited for single players. There are a myriad of different options available when it comes to puzzles, from jigsaw puzzles, which need to be physically assembled, to logic puzzles, word search puzzles and crossword puzzles, which only require a pen and paper to complete. The availability of puzzles is constantly growing as this hobby gains popularity.
Jigsaw puzzles are crafted from cardboard or wood with an image printed on the surface. They begin as a solid image and then are cut into small interlocking pieces and disassembled in order to create the puzzle. Jigsaw puzzles are popular hobbies, and they are an activity that the entire family or a group of friends can easily enjoy together. Of course, they can also be enjoyed by a single person.
Crosswords are traditionally paper puzzles that only require a pen or pencil to solve. Crossword puzzles can be found online, can be purchased in book form and come in most newspapers on a daily basis. Crossword puzzles entail taking clues and fitting the solutions into a grid of squares. These are not only truly popular puzzles, but extremely popular hobbies, as well.
Logic puzzles come in many different shapes, sizes, forms and difficulty levels, and require that the puzzle solver use logic to solve whatever problem is presented. Though challenging to solve, logic puzzles, like Sudoku are rather easy to get hold of. They can be found online, in books, in the newspaper and through a variety of other means. Most logic puzzles are word puzzles, but there are visual logic puzzles as well.
Word search puzzles are paper-based or online puzzles that involve a grid of seemingly randomly placed letters in which words can be found. Usually, a word list is given to the puzzle solver, who has to find the words in the list, circling or drawing a box around each word as it is found within the puzzle. Words can usually be displayed horizontally, vertically and diagonally, as well as forwards and backwards depending on the difficulty level of the puzzle.