Paper Puzzle Masterlist

This is a masterlist of paper puzzle resources, listing puzzle genre lists, paper puzzle blogs, portfolios and archives, online and paper publications, plus setting interfaces, guides and automatic solvers.

If you're unsure about what exactly is meant by paper puzzle, find the crossword page of any paper newspaper: other puzzles nearby likely fit this paper puzzle definition:

A logic puzzle primarily designed to be printed, then solved by writing or drawing on it, generally with a unique solution for the given rules and constraints, to be arrived at via a sequence of logical steps.

by Pedro

While word puzzles, inductive puzzles and paper-puzzle-like games fall out of scope of this masterlist, any other suggestions (even self-plugs) are always welcome !

Throughout this masterlist, clicking an RSS symbol () will let you subscribe to puzzle updates, while stars (★) mark Pedro's own personal taste and small labels (ENG) indicate up to two page languages, when not primarily english.

To help you answer questions like:

  • How many paper puzzle genres are there?
  • What are the rules of a genre and where to find puzzles and examples?
  • Are there any variants of this genre?

… Let's start the masterlist with this list of puzzle genre lists!

List Tags Commentary
Nikoli's Official List of Puzzles ×illustrated +40 genres highlighted by Nikoli — can be considered canonical
Roger Kohler's Puzzle Types Database ×database +1027 puzzle types and variants, including rules, child-parent relationships, and puzzles that appeared in competitions
Puzzlewiki Rätselarten and taxonomy DEU ×wiki and ×database +846 puzzles and variants, systematically arranged, with good explanations and pictures
Eric Fox's Dictionary of Rulesets ×textual +515 genres, plus +270 variants, succinctly explained
Otto Janko's overview of puzzle genres DEU ENG ×illustrated; ×puzzles and ×interface +333 genres, extensively explained, with example pictures plus puzzles, often interactive
Puzzler's A-Z Puzzle Guide ×textual +524 variants and genres, however includes word puzzles in the mix
Ryotaro Chiba (EctoPlasma)'s Spreadsheet ×database and ×norules +260 base genres, +150 variants, plus +16 sudoku variants listing their author and often the year of first puzzle and a link thereto
Shading, Drawing, Object placement and Area segmentation puzzles genre spreadsheets JPN ×database +249 genres classified with great precision, with an eye for computer implementation
Cross-A+ Logic Puzzles Rules ×illustrated +217 genres briefly explained, with illustrated rules
EctoPlasma's List of WPC puzzle types, plus some of unascertained origin) ×illustrated +200 genres, plus +50 of unascertained origin, with pictures — with a focus on competitive genres
puzz.link's List of Puzzle types, extended at pzplus ×illustrated; ×puzzles and ×interface +187 genres — click the small question marks to reveal the rules
Naoki Project DEU ×wiki a collective effort to translate the rules for Naoki Inaba's original genres
Puzzle Picnic's Genre list ×illustrated; ×puzzles and ×interface +77 classic genres, explained with a small picture, linking to all puzzles in the portal
Puzzle fountain's Giochi ITA ×illustrated +60 classic genres explained in italian, with example (some genre names translated)
Chaotic Iak's Thinky discord's logic puzzle genres, ×wiki +65 new genres (plus many variants) invented at the Thinky Puzzles server are already listed here, yet the list outdated (you can help)
Hempuli's Paper Puzzle Collection ×puzzles and ×illustrated +38 new genres — rules and puzzles neatly compiled as a single printable PDF
Jack Lance's rules ×illustrated +25 classic genres, well explained with nice example pictures
Vítězslav Koudelka's types of Sudoku Puzzles ×illustrated 13 sudoku variants, well explained, with pictures
Swiss Logic Puzzle Federation overview of Logikrätsel and rules for 5 genres DEU ×illustrated simple genre classification (in German)
Vexus Puzzles' Range ×illustrated 8 original genres, explained by their authors
Pedro's Ported Paper Puzzle Genres ×illustrated; ×puzzles and ×interface +100 genres ported by Pedro with the Kudamono Editor, including rules and a solve/edit interface

Shall you want to make a paper puzzle yourself, or even build your own paper puzzle program, the following interfaces and automatic solvers may be useful or at least provide some inspiration.

Puzzle setting interfaces, some of which inspired Pedro's Kudamono Editor
Name Extends Modes Lead author(s) Commentary
PUZ-PRE JPN — PuzzlePure (also PZV — PuzzleVan) ×making and ×solving 連続発破氏 Pleasant, extremely well designed, with live incremental error checking. Short puzzlestrings for instant sharing. Live picture previews for cross-posting. Best tool for classic genres.
puzz.link PUZ-PRE ×making and ×solving Robert Vollmert (robx) An extension of PUZ-PRE, translated to english.
PZPRXS — X-sheep fork puzz.link ×making and ×solving Lennard Sprong (x-sheep) An extension of puzz.link, adding new puzzle types, which may eventually merge back into puzz.link.
PZPLUS — PuzzlePlus PZPRXS ×making and ×solving Andy Tockman (tckmn) An extension of PZPRXS, adding the ability to record the solve process, plus stats (rating, comments, etc…), the ability to pause and a dark theme.
honeyis.land, formerly Honey view JPN ×making and ×solving わんど (wand_125) an hexagonal grid editor and solver, for the genre Honey Islands
Penpa edit JPN ENG ×making and ×solving opt-pan Appropriate for new puzzle types and variants, with instant sharing and multiple annotation options. Drawbacks: giant puzzlestrings, complicated UI, solution must be provided by setter (lacks incremental error-checking). In active development.
Penpa+ Penpa edit ×making and ×solving Swaroop Guggilam (swaroopg) An extension with many new features, in very active development.
Janko.at's interface DEU ×solving Otto Janko A very complete solving interface, packed with features.
PuzzlePicnic's Studio ×making and ×solving Johan de Ruiter, Maarten Löffler and Thierry de Kok Older interface, but with a nice buttons to switch between different ink colours, and an eraser. Login-walled.
Puzzlemaker ×making Arvi Teikari (Hempuli) A concise puzzle-drawing tool, with good keyboard shortcuts (e.g for board resizing) and a neat palette of symbols.
Puzzle setting tool for sudoku ×making and ×solving Eric Fox Sudoku setter, supporting a wealth of variants
Sven's SudokuPad ×solving Sven Neumann (svencodes) Sudoku solver, with really nice area selection and colouring functions
Portable Puzzle Collection ×solving and ×generating Simon Tatham Portable interfaces for solving and generating puzzles randomly. Some genres were renamed.
Krazydad interface, e.g bridges ×solving Jim Bumgardner A cute interface for solving the puzzles on Krazydad, with live error-checking
Kudamono Editor ×making and ×solving Pedro A novel interface in active development, focused on genres not ported elsewhere, with live error-checking and other conveniences

As Java Applets no longer work in the majority of web browsers, these interfaces were not included: Pencilbox, Kanpen.

Name Lead author Commentary
Noq Solver Michael Tang and Jenna H. suite of solvers for +54 genres of Nikoli-style logic puzzles
pzprRT ENG JPN Semiexp a pzprjs-based automatic solution tool that shows all the places where the solution is already determined by a partial solution.See also the technical note JPN
Qhex Solvers Under grid solvers you find Maysu, Sudoku, Lights Out, Thermometers, Kakuro, Fill-a-Pix, Minesweeper, Hitori, Nurikabe, Tapa, Hashiwokakero, Numberlink, Shikaku, Fillomino. Plus nonogram.
Grid Logic Puzzle Solver Matt Gruskin Python package containing a collection of libraries and helper functions that are useful for solving and checking Nikoli-style logic puzzles using z3.
pencil puzzle solver JPN 3892myamya check the answers to +120 puzz.link genre urls
sudoku solver JPN 3892myamya A puzzle generator with +80 types, includes the option to pre-generate multiple puzzles and speedrun them, complete with timer (see IHNN's video using it)
foxy sudoku solver KrisOfRage A step-by-step automatic sudoku solver, with a very pedagogic interface, but the sudoku needs to be formatted as a string for input.
cspuz-solver2 ENG JPN Semiexp answer from the URL of Pazupure and puzz.link. Includes genres such as double choco and slalom.
toichika Solver JPN Tesuji and Udo P. (udop) automatic answering tool for toichika, which displays the answering process
Honey Island real-time solver JPN わんど Honey Island — search for confirmed locations
Sudoku Solver Andrew Stuart Sudoku solver, iterative deductive (see list of strategies on the page)
Cross-A+ Sergey Kutasov and Ilya Morozov Commercial solver for +217 puzzle types
Polyomino Tiling Solver JPN こんちゃん (kontotto591) This tool will let you specify a base grid and set of polyominos, and then output all possible tilings (without repetitions, unless you draw the same polyomino again)
Kakuro Online's family or solvers, e.g. Hashi Thomas Reinke For hashi, use the format 4x4:3--3-----1-22-1- to input a puzzle. For other solvers you'll need to find out: Kakuro (login-walled), Slitherlink, Fillomino, Nurikabe and Masyu
dCode's Number Games Solvers ENG FRA Kakuro and Sudoku are a few among the immensity of tools listed under "Number games"

All Setting and Solving guides focus on a particular genre, used for alphabetical sorting.

The following pages and videos will guide you through the process of setting a paper puzzle, illustrating the method of forward design.

puzzle setting guides
Description Guide Genre
30 Puzzle Design Lessons - Part 3 (see also parts 1 and 2) Elyot Grant Akari
Let's make a Chained Block! チェンブロ(パズル)をつくろう JPN ふーなんとかさん (Fuwa Lica Chan) Chained Block
Let's make it! Heyawake へやわけ JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Heyawake
Wei-Hwa Huang creates a Nurikabe puzzle Wei-hwa Huang Nurikabe
Let's make it! Spiral Galaxies 天体ショー JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Spiral Galaxies
On Spiral Galaxies 天体ショーについて JPN Pzdc Spiral Galaxies
Let's make a star battle! Jack Lance Star battle
Answer to How does one go about creating a new grid-deduction puzzle Deusovi Tapa
I Tried to make a Yajilin ヤジリンを作ってみた+α JPN AtomicNeoN Yajilin
Let's make it! Yajilin ヤジリン JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Yajilin

Tutorials, tactics and theory on particular genres. These will help you solve better, thus also construct better.

puzzle solving guides
Description Guide Genre
Commentary on Mini Coral JPN Pronter Coral (mini)
How to solve a Curve Data Puzzle? Ashish Kumar Curve Data
How to solve: Dosun Fuwari 解き方(ドッスンフワリ) JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Dosun Fuwari
How to solve: Double choco 解き方(ダブルチョコ) JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Double choco
How to solve: Gokigen Naname 解き方(ごきげんななめ) JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Gokigen Naname
How to solve: Hashiwokakero 手筋集(橋をかけろ) JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Hashiwokakero
Penalty theory for dynasty genres Ivan Koswara (Chaotic Iak) Heyawake
Dynasty cycle counting (penalty theory) the easy way One plus Omega Heyawake
Penalty Theory in dynasty puzzles tckmn Heyawake
Teal’s (In)Comprehens(ive/ible) Heyawake Guide Teal Heyawake
Heyawake Tesuji Collection へやわけ考え方・手筋集 JPN 謎垢 (NAZOac) Heyawake
How to solve: Heyawake 解き方(へやわけ) with Terminology JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Heyawake
Heyawake: how to cross the river Part 1 + Part 2 JPN SP1 Heyawake
How to solve Honey Island (subsection) ハニーアイランドを愛でる会 JPN Saki Honey Island
The story of Hotaru Beam and Parity ホタルビームとパリティの話 JPN lilva Hotaru Beam
How to solve: LITS 解き方 JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki LITS
How to solve: Nurikabe 解き方(ぬりかべ) JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Nurikabe
How to solve: Nurimisaki 解き方(ぬりみさき) JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Nurimisaki
How to solve: Sashigane 解き方(さしがね) JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Sashigane
How to solve: Shakashaka 解き方(シャカシャカ) with Tactics JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Shakashaka
Simple loop Tesujis JPN NAZOac Simple Loop
Slitherlink Tesuji Collection 理論に基づくスリザーリンク手筋集 JPN fff Slitherlink
Slitherlink Patterns Bram de Laat Slitherlink
How to solve: Spiral Galaxies 解き方(天体ショー) with Tesuji JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Spiral Galaxies
A story and collection of tricks that made a Toichika solver JPN udop Toichika
Yajilin is interesting, let's solve it! ヤジリンが面白いから、解こう JPN Tarai puzzle Yajilin
How to solve: Yajilin 解き方(ヤジリン) with Tesuji JPN Pencil Puzzle ペンシルパズル Wiki Yajilin

See also the Global Tesuji Summary JPN by SP1, listing strategies for many different genres, and the Simple loop Tesujis for simple loop and other genres where all cells must be visited, by NAZOac.

Regular sources of new paper puzzles (and genres) by author teams and companies. Includes online publications, paper magazines, and even Aggregators and generated puzzle sites.

Handcrafted puzzles, shared regularly online.

Name SINCE
Grandmaster Puzzles' The Art of Puzzles 2012
Perplexible 2012 —2020
World Class Puzzles 2014
Puzzle Duel ENG RUS 2020
Tambox Bulletin 2022
Missing deck (sudokus) 2021
Nobuzaemon パズル部へようこそ JPN gallery page ¿?

Paper paper puzzle magazines, or online publications with a strong emphasis on printing physical copies.

Name Commentary
Nikoli Communication and book shop Nikoli was founded by Maki Kaji, the grandfather of sudoku. The most popular paper puzzle genres were invented at this company.
Toketa JPN Japanese self-publishing magazine with contributions from Serkan Yürekli. Since 2013
Games Magazine Erich Friedman sent many puzzles here for publishing
Pulze Magazine by Tambox A recent (2022) puzzle magazine
Conceptis Puzzles book store A huge selection of publications where on nonograms and sudoku prevail, but there are other genres in the mix
Forsmarts Puzzle Books Puzzles that appeared at various contests, a project by Vladimir Portugalov
PUZZLERS Club Another recent (2022?) puzzle magazine
Internet Puzzler JPN by Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc., a japanese company

The magazine akıl oyunları TUR (possibly also Meraklisina Akil Oyunlari) seems to have stopped.

Name Commentary
puzz.link Database aggregates most puzzles shared on twitter that were made with puzz.link, filterable by genre and difficulty. Hover over the genre name to reveal solve count and difficulty.
PZPlus Database puzz.link database with some visual changes and conveniences, such as direct links to the puzzles
Puzzle Square JPN aggregates puzzles made with puzz.link, penpa and other tools; great search functionality
Puzzle Picnic Search allows mass printing (up to 64 puzzles)
Logic Masters Deutschland's Advanced search DEU ENG the tag cloud on the right-hand side leads to appropriate puzzles

These pages contain algorithmically generated puzzles, generally updated daily.

Name Lead programmer(s) Commentary
Krazydad Jim Bumgardner Both online puzzles and printable booklets, with many genres. Jim has been supplying Star Battle puzzles, also known as Two-not-touch, to the New York Times, since 2020.
PuzzlePhil's daily puzzles Philipp Hübner Daily puzzles of most classic genres
puzzle-loop.com, puzzle-dominosa.com, etc… Atanas Georgiev Family of websites, one per genre (scroll down for links). Includes puzzles of different sizes, timed solves, hall of fame and mass printing ability, plus a community discord.
Web sudoku, with variations Gideon Greenspan and Rachel Lee Printable sudokus of varying difficulties. Other daily sudoku sites: Fed, str8ts, Live, Printable, Killer, 2, E-, Mania, Cup, fans and Foxy
str8ts Andrew Stuart and Jeff Widderich Daily Str8ts and sudokus
Logic Games Online Josh Metzler Nurikabe, LightsOut, TenPair, Netwalk and of course Sudoku. 2005—2016
Brain Bashers Kevin Stone 24 genres, all re-generated daily
Puzzlemix Dr. Gareth Moore 16 genres, 8 of which are sudoku variants
Any Puzzle Media Dr. Gareth Moore Their algorithmic-generated puzzles crop up in many general newspapers and magazines.
Puzzle University Dr. Amy Galitzer old-school (1993) website with hitoris of different difficulties, sudoku, and several word-based puzzles plus Einstein (logic) problems, all dailies.
Kakuro online Thomas Reinke Daily kakuro puzzle, with generators for a few other genres.
Kwon-Tom Loop's daily slitherlink Foilman An assortment of slitherlinks (here kwon-tom loops) of varying sizes and difficulties, one per day. See also the leaderboard and archives.
Kwon-Tom Loop's slitherlink variations Foilman An extremely varied colection of geometric grids with slitherlink puzzles on them, daily. See also the archives.
TwistNTurn generator (masyu) Tilps An online tool with the ability to generate Masyu on square and octogonal grids.
LoopDeLoop generator (slitherlink) Tilps A similar tool containing a wealth of geometric grids (triangular, hexagonal, pentagonal, etc…) on which to generate slitherlink puzzles.

These are puzzle archives of contests or competitions, and contain links to past puzzle booklets.

Archive Maintainer Year of earliest available puzzle
WPF Archive (paid access) World Puzzle Federation 1999
Liste der Wettbewerbe DEU Logic Masters Deutschland 2009
LMI Tests Logic Masters India 2009 (probably)
LMI Contest search Logic Masters India ¿?
24 Hours Puzzle Championship Archive mirror IHNN 2010
Logic Mashups spreadsheet SoftFro 2011 (probably)
University of Tokyo Puzzle Championship JPN University of Tokyo 2012, then 2015
Japan Puzzle Championship Archive JPN (use top bar) JPPuzzles 2013
Grand Prix Puzzle Archive World Puzzle Federation 2014
Grand Prix Sudoku Archive World Puzzle Federation 2014
Online Contests Archive UK Puzzle Association 2010
Logical Contests Puzzles ENG SRP Jovan.N 2017
Competition Links (login required) WPC Team USA 2018
Puzzle Race 2020 Korea and China Association 2020
Puzcon Contest list JPN Puzcon 2021

The Instructionless grid an online-contest in 2021, falling in the inductive category.

These are active puzzle blogs by individual puzzle creators, sorted by date of first post containing a paper puzzle, oldest first. All those listed here received at least one new puzzle since , otherwise they were moved into the archives.

active paper puzzle blogs
Title Lead author Year of first puzzle
The Griddle David Millar 2006
Uramasyu 裏ましゅ JPN 2006
A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog Grant Fikes 2008
The Logical World of Puzzles Rohan Rao 2008
Meander Lawn Αντώνης Λαλάτσας 2009
Detuned Radio Tom Collyer 2009
The diary of a puzzlemaker Anuraag Sahay 2011
GET SET GO swaroopg 2011
Bounded-Error Log Betaveros 2011
Bachelor seal ニコリ系パズルの逆襲 JPN Bachelor Seal 2011
EnigmAttic Bastien Vial-jaime 2012
PS's puzzles + Prasanna Seshadri 2012
The Puzzle Robot Serkan Yürekli 2012
Jack Lance Puzzles Jack Lance 2013
Adalogical Aenigmas Pavel Curtis 2013
Auxin's Puzzle Vault オーキシンのパズル保管庫 JPN Auxin オーキシン 2013
The Modern Experience Tapio Saarinen 2014
Edderiofer's Logic Puzzles Sophie (Edderiofer) 2014
Maybe Puzzles robx 2014
Tsukukoma Puzzle Club 筑駒パズル部 JPN Tsukukoma Puzzle Club 筑駒パズル部 2014
Puzzle Junk Craig Kasper 2014
e blog Ekbm 2014
Semi-long blog Phenomist 2015
Chibisukemaru's puzzle place チビスケ丸のパズル置き場 JPN Chibisukmaru チビスケ丸 2015
Yellow Puzzle 黄色いパズル JPN Yellow Pencil Crow ぺんしるからす(黄色い烏) 2016
Jamie's Deceptive Puzzles Jamie Hargrove 2017
World of Sudoku Akash Doulani 2017
Let's Sudoku Hemant Kr. Malani 2018
Hausiegel Puzzle blog Roland Voigt 2019 (older content erased)
青い厚揚げのホームページ JPN Blue Fried Tofu 青い厚揚げ 2019
IHNN's Puzzle Emporium Jeffrey Bardon (IHNN) 2019
SP1 Puzzle Nikki のぱずるにっき JPN SP1 2019
The Sound of silver being struck dohz 2020
Hempuli's blog Hempuli 2020
Eric Fox's Puzzles Eric Fox 2020
bakpao's puzzles Bakpao 2020
Mad Mahogany Puzzles Madmahogany 2020
Puzzles for progress Jacob Cohen 2020
Tckmn Logic puzzles tckmn 2020
Puzlog Pedro 2020
Covering Space Puzzles Will A Cadegan-schlieper 2021
djmathman's puzzles David Altizio 2021
jkpuzzles Jkittykitkat 2021
Shye's Stuff Shye 2021
Sam's Puzzle Repository Sam 2021
Mark Sweep's Puzzles Mark Sweep 2021
Michael Tang's puzzle blog Michael Tang 2021
SudoKanard Sudokanard 2021
Polman Puzzles Polman Poppins 2021
The Daily Krownundrum Mitchell Clarke (DireKrow) 2022
Broken Sign Martin Ender (Menderbug) 2022

Akin to broader porfolios, these puzzle pages are not primarily arranged in a chronological, blog-like fashion.

paper puzzle portfolios and sites of various authors
Portfolio Author SINCE
Puzzle Palace (published puzzles) Erich Friedman 1999 (probably)
Puzzle Laboratory (PDFs) JPN Naoki Inaba 2001
Croco Puzzle (except Fridays for Future) DEU Bernhard Seckinger 2006
Puzzles of Leonid Mochalov ENG RUS (use the top menu to find paper puzzles) Leonid Mochalov ¿?
OCTO Puzzles Doug Gardner 2011
Deusovi's Logic Puzzles, (profile) Deusovi 2015
ludicrous loop (see profile for more puzzles) William Hu (TheGreatEscaper) 2016
Mindwielders Sudoku Lucy Audrin ¿?
Kersnap Bram Cohen 2020
Joseph Mansfield's Puzzles section Joseph Mansfield (sftrabbit) 2020
Blaž Urban Gracar's Games Blaž Urban Gracar 2021
Chaotic iak's page Chaotic Iak 2021
Ionic squares & Ivy slyly Zachary Talis 2022

In alphabetical order, the following accounts tweet paper puzzles (or adjacent topics) often (or have done so in the past).

This list is being pruned at the moment.

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1220oz_an

2088426Qq

2557_letters

333bouzu333

3892myamya

38puz

4DVector

4G_bms

57tggx

76fupuzzle

88cyi

961010not910

AmGinE_8

AtrainGrooverYY

Autogen9000

Autogen9003

Autogen9005

BBPZ_

BG_otogame

BLUE0024

BadPuzzles

ConfluxConflux

Daikichi_3141

Dank_Demes

Dr_MARIOUFwwww

ESAdevlog

Ecto__PLASMA

EricFox53

Euex

FLEBpuzzles

Fish_CTO

Flap_Beat

FreshPeachSound

Fuji_k0610

GO8JR5kJX6Py8ei

Gankra_

HEXA_t

HeyawakeEID

IHNN1

JackLLance

Jiro_tech15

KJRY0

KNY_nikolist

KatsudonGameAKA

Krownundrum

Kzsxx

LavaloidPuzzles

Liqueur_1

MRbeat

MatusDemiger

MillayNagatsuki

NAZOac

NOP_Pixels

Nanana_sleep

NaoNoLiveNoLife

Natsu_main

Netto_Imeji

NoHatCoder

NorikouNorichin

Not_Hatsuduki

PPSPSSSPPP

PencilPuzzleLuv

Pollux33311

Pre_PGP

PuzzleKlasik

Puzzle_Maestro

PuzzlesStoat

QED_asahi

QUADRANGLE

QUadRANgle

RS_Puzzling

RagwortGames

Riverness_

Ronniedumboi

Rtz_Satanichia

SICKOFWOLVES

SP1_winter

SandWhichis

Sifa_Grent

SoRa64

Squidlover8po31

Subaru_Saito

Syance_158

Tarai_puzzle

TealsPuzzles

ThReverMan

Tubu_puzzle

UDHllll

USBe6

USBe_puz

WA1729

WrongAccept

Xana_uzzle

ZenReKkyo

Zormac1

AtomicNeoN

aftercarnival

_gesaku

adearacid

acreature

afoolman1729

agnomy

aharoni

aimedemia

akasyou

alexbellos

always_gaoka

amcoalbutnotco1

aoiatuage

ardjmk10Dqag

ardjmk10dqag

ark184

aruruidara

baLLjugglermoka

badpuzzles2

bakpao_puz

baywolfJr

bayrenshu

bbpz_

bfod

blacktiger29

bowenkerins

buyaketa

calc_kinako

cham28

chame

chaotic_puzzles

chebunanntoka

chipstar64

chocola02864906

cjquines

cracktherules

curseofKURAHA

debukemo_lover

deusovi

djshigel

dohzzles

dolyplpl

doougle

dril

edderiofer

edderiofer_puz

efzoz

ek_bm

esqn999

euextra

fdsa__

fff_create

fig_puzzle

figminorun

flebpuzzles

flight_float

frcp51

fujifutaba

fuwalicachan

hashtag

hasshy_2

hidesugar2

hirose_atsumi

homerestaurant3

hotatenohontate

hourlyFox

hyaxn_2nd

jkittykitkat

jovi_al01

jovial90401315

kaisei_puzzle

kamosawa

kanimisonazo

karutamathX

kav_to

kazunegi

kidbeyond

kjry0

kkosaka6

koalanomarch2

kobouzu17

komomorebi

komugi168

koucha714

kwskmop

kyodai_puzzle

kyougaki

kyuripedia

lateolabrax_pz

leafed_riaf

lifein0ftoxun

lilva_0419

limt_puz

m98561442_

maantourfp

madeinnkt

made_puzzle700

mainasuyon

maron_2769

masateo0414_v2

massuu_puzzle

mathgrant

max_yakisoba

mdrJnA_hJj

menderbug

mistter_gp

mitchy7532n

mizuusumi

moyam

mochizukimoya

montelucci

montelucci_pzls

moppdimopp

mordy_msc

motty_puzzle

moya38m

moya38mo

moyamoyamm

mudopnw

mukkitokonbu

nagnesium

nanachoo

nazono774

nekkopuzz

nekoku_esuto

nh56m_mn

nikoli_official

ninigalo

nisimuku_sen

niwabee10

notreadair

nunnotami

nyoroppyi

o_78125

okunigon

omochana2

oxBfUUClMKdPgjb

pancakepuzzles

pawakun

pencilkarasu

petersuderman

pheno_puzzles

pixelplucker

plageoj

plane_puzzle

plcherrim

pleiades_puz

plurmorant

poison_island

polake

pretanaraka

primarina_P

pronter

puzlab

puzzle_pencil

puzzle_titech

puzzlebossrush

puzzleful_life

puzzleklasik

puzzlereric

puzzlerxyz

puzzletokyo

puzzlydian

pwahs1

pzosdc

pzvSlitherBot

qrostar

qrostar_en

quadrangle

queued_q

rhincodon66

rian_tkb

rickycruzart

rikkati

robinwriting

ronniedumboi

rs_puzzling

rsnous

sabo2

sai_chan2525

saikoro2357

santarou

schulzy12

seikan313

semiexp

shi20170211

shirokuru

shiwehi

shyeheya

simasima_71

simorin_puzzle

sincostan8588

sinntann0514

siumaidayo

slash843

snuke_puzzle

stefpuzzle

suiso_728660

superkuppabros

suzume_danoni

taburega

takashimomizi

takmu53

takmu73

tamochu3131

tausbn

ten986

tend0g

tigereye_werewe

tkpuzzleclub

tohma1st

toku51n

tokunakira

tonscr

topia_puzz

torikeraa

trineutron

tweet_pgblu

tyakauni

tyokkura123

udoP_

un_copyright

uri_kuro

usbe6

vdos2643

vesqn

wand_125

willow870620

wisprabbit

xevs99

xoned72

yokooneesan

yuma220284

yusukeypuzzle

zachtronics

zakontheowl

zscaxd_STRcute

A few authors share their puzzles only via video channels — swaroopg's comprehensive masterlist started tracking those. Sooner or later, those puzzles tend also to appear in the Aggregators.

These are puzzle archives of individual authors, i.e. rarely updated portfolio pages or no longer active blogs. They are sorted by year of latest puzzle posted.

author puzzle archives
Name Author Ended Started
The Art of Puzzles — Livejournal Thomas Snyder (Dr. Sudoku) 2020 2006
Sudoku Mania Rishi Puri 2020 2010
PuzzleMine — Digging for Gems 2020 2014
Life in Sudoku Gaurav Kumar Jain 2020 2017
pzdc JPN Pzdc 2020 2017
Dr Gareth Moore, formerlykillersudoku Gareth Moore 2019 2009
Variantes de Sudoku Fred76 2019 2009
Puzzle Parade, formerly Logic Puzzles Valvino 2019 2010, 2015
Nikoli puzzle counterattack ニコリ系パズルの逆襲 JPN Iwadaiseki 岩大戟 2019 2011
Tokunakira Puzzle Studio トクナキラのパズル工房 JPN Tokunakiraトクナキラ 2019 2013
Novice Puzzle Factory 新米パズル作成所~E工場~ JPN Souma Izawa 伊澤聡真 2019 2014
Kurotento ペンパ置き場 JPN Black Tent クロテント 2019 2014
LITS World JPN Lits_world 2019 2016
Kashiyu Fish Puzzle Park かしゆさかなのパズル公園 JPN Kashiyu Fish かしゆさかな 2019 2017
Mspuzzles Michael Tang 2019 2018
Tochiotome pencil puzzle とちおとめ ペンシルパズル JPN Ogawan オガワン 2019 2018
ChaosAtTheSky, formerly A Chaotically Puzzling Blog Chaotic Iak 2018 2011, 2012
Para's Puzzle Site Bram de Laat 2018 2011
fffのパズル日記 JPN fff 2018 2015
Memorandum on puzzles パズルに関する備忘録 JPN Saitō Subaru 齋藤すばる 2018 2015
Paramesis Puzzle Blog Paramesis 2018 2016
連続発破のはっぱ日記. with archive at Indi.xrea Leaves はっぱ 2017 2006
anderson's Puzzle Blog Qzqxq 2017 2011
WA1729 Walker Anderson 2017 2014
Massu's puzzle place まっすーのパズル置き場 JPN Massu まっすー 2017 2016
Puzzle Graffiti Gorogoro 2017 2015
Sudokus Hexagonals Simètrics (SHS) SPA CAT Joan Colom 2016 2015
Puzzled by Titles Nikolai Beluhov 2016 2015
The Zotmeister — LiveJournal Adam Wood 2015 2005
Mokuani のブログ JPN Mokuani 2015 2006
Melon's Puzzles Palmer Mebane 2015 2009
Canada Puzzle Team Canada Puzzle Team 2015 2013
Solve the Unsolvable Ashish Kumar 2015 2014
A variety of pencil puzzles Ravi Kumar Macherla 2014 2014
The House of Cy Reb Jr. Cy Reb 2014 2009
Figonometry Figonometry 2014 2010
baLLjugglermoka JPN Balljugglermoka 2014 2012
Valezius Zoltán Horváth 2014 2011
Puzzle Note Takeya 竹谷 2014 2011
Puzzlepalooza James Frye 2013 2010
Scott's Puzzle Page Scott Handelman 2013 2012
Random Stuffz Yoshiap 2013 2013
Flashback puzzles Tawan Sunathvanichkul 2012 2010
L'île logique FRA Bastien Vial-jaime 2012 2010
Linguo Puzzles (degraded) Bozzballd 2012 2012
Kevin's blog Kitkatksun48 2012 2012
grandpascorpion Grandpascorpion 2009 2008
Puzzle Gadget (degraded) Wei-hwa 2007 2006
Name Format
Puzzling Stack Exchange QA
Puzzle Picnic Forum Forum
Logic Masters India Forum
UK Puzzle Federation Forum
Sfinks forum POL Forum
Kwon-Tom Loop, with variations Forum
UK Puzzle Federation Forum
WPC World Puzzle Federation /(inactive) Forum
Argio Logic ITA ENG Forum
Fred Stalder's Sudoku Variante FRA Forum
Cracking the Cryptic Discord Discord
Thinky Puzzle's Discord — Paper Puzzle Zone Discord

Some forums seem no longer active: Sudoku Fans.

While not strictly paper puzzles, these pages have served as sources of inspiration for many paper puzzle makers.

Site Lead authors Frequency
Age of Puzzles Serhiy Grabarchuk often
Ken's Puzzle of the Week Ken Duisenberg weekly
PuzzleUp archives Emrehan Halici weekly
Puzzle Prime Deduction Artur Kirkoryan often
MathPuzzle Ed Pegg until 2020
Cut the knot Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and Puzzles Alexander Bogomolny until 2018
Tilings Encyclopedia Dirk Frettlöh, Edmund Harriss ¿?
Livio Zucca Pages (mirror) Livio Zucca

This masterlist was compiled by gathering the wisdom shared at the Thinky Puzzles server, then following links until information stopped being relevant. Towards the end, Swaroops's list was also consulted, e.g to check for missing entries or uncertain information. Further important inputs were received at the Puzzlers Club private server.

Finally, many thanks to Menderbug, TheGreatEscaper, Deusovi, Jack Lance, IHNN, dohz, Edderiofer, tckmn, Ammar Fathin Sabili (athin) and sevenkplus for feedback and identifying many missing entries (and even whole sections)!