Hmmm, the “about” page…Well this really isn’t about me. This is really about you, yes YOU! Being a practical puzzler, you are engaged in your puzzling activity of choice and the world just melts away. It’s absolutely amazing the way your mind works, which makes you unique. The Practical Puzzler website was created to give all practical puzzlers a home to talk, connect, discover news, and expand your knowledge of puzzles used in our society today. Hopefully this will lead you to your next puzzle addiction.
Jigsaw puzzles in my house are like a drug. My wife tells me “I want to do a jigsaw puzzle, but I shouldn’t because I would have to finish it tonight”, and her mother is the same way. I usually observe them from afar conquering some of the most complex jigsaw puzzles, I watch in amazement. While watching them, I think to myself “I wish I was that good at jigsaw puzzles.” I came to a realization that being a puzzler is more than just about jigsaw puzzles. For instance, I love Mahjong, Sudoku, and Sokoban, so that makes me a practical puzzler too!
There are all types of puzzles that are enjoyed throughout the world today like:
- Arrzle – augmented reality puzzle
- Chess Problem – a puzzle that uses chess pieces on a chess board
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Lateral Thing Puzzles – Yes/No Puzzles
- Mathematical Puzzles
- Mechanical Puzzles
- Metapuzzles – puzzles which unite elements of other puzzles
- Paper and Pencil Puzzles – ie Connect the dots, and nonograms
- Logic Puzzles
- Peg Solitaire
- Puzzle Box
- Rubik’s Cube
- Sliding Puzzles
- Spot the Difference
- Word Puzzles
By far this isn’t the end all, be all list of puzzle topics, but it’s a start on our road to discovery as a practical puzzler. I look forward to discussing puzzling news from around the world, or just competing with practical puzzlers against the clock in a friendly game of Word Search. Either way, I will see you in the comments!
-The Practical Puzzler