During this time, I’ve been spending a lot of time on my computer, and have been looking for ways to get off of it, tune out the outside world, and unwind. While reading, doing a jigsaw puzzle, or playing a board game are all excellent options, what I’ve been spending most of my time doing has actually been crossword puzzles. Crosswords, Sudokus, and other puzzles like them, are great ways to get away from the computer, destress, and keep your brain active. If now isn’t a great time to become great at some form of puzzle, I’m not sure when the time would be. Here are some of our favorite puzzle books, for whatever kind of puzzler you might be.
New York Times Greatest Hits of Monday
I received this book as a Christmas gift and I cannot recommend it enough. I am about halfway through and it’s still challenging to me. It’s fun to start recognizing the patterns and common clues. Don’t worry, I won’t give anything away.
FOR SLIGHTLY HARDER CROSSWORDS
New York Times Greatest Hits of Tuesday
If you think the Monday crosswords are a little too easy, but aren’t ready to take on Sunday yet, might I recommend this book of Tuesday puzzles. These are slightly more difficult though, so be forewarned.
Relax and Solve: Sudoku
If you’re a sudoku person, this book is for you. Filled with 161 puzzles, it’ll keep you occupied for a good long time. Just make sure you use a pencil so you can erase any mistakes you might have made.
FOR WORD SCRAMBLERS
I can never get these right, and I’m thinking now is the time to up my game because it’s usually the part of the newspaper games section that gives me the most grief. This book is filled with 500 puzzles to unscramble and solve. Before you know it, you’ll be a whiz.
FOR CRYPTIC CROSSWORDERS
The Times Cryptic Crossword
I prefer a cryptic crossword to a Sunday level crossword. The hints are deceiving, tricky even, and you’ll delight in their witty answers. Nothing feels better than completing one of these puzzles.
FOR WORD SEARCHERS
Fantastic Word Search
This is a great one to do with kids, or, if you’re just a word search fan. Hunt high and low for words in this great book of themed puzzles that ranges from Tom Hanks films to Rihanna songs.
FOR CONNECTING THE DOTS
1000 Dot to Dot Masterpieces
No matter which way you slice it, dot to dot books are fun. This one is pretty challenging too and is bound to keep you entertained as you recreate some fine art masterpieces. It’s as close as I’ll ever get to drawing them, that’s for sure.
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