Paper Puzzle Masterlist

This is a masterlist of Paper Puzzle Types 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 !

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+40 genres highlighted by Nikoli — can be considered canonical
-Roger Kohler's Puzzle Types Database+1027 puzzle types and variants, including rules, child-parent relationships, and puzzles that appeared in competitions
-Puzzlewiki Rätselarten and taxonomy DEU and +846 puzzles and variants, systematically arranged, with good explanations and pictures
-Eric Fox's Dictionary of Rulesets+515 genres, plus +270 variants, succinctly explained
Otto Janko's overview of puzzle genres DEU ENG; and +333 genres, extensively explained, with example pictures plus puzzles, often interactive
-Puzzler's A-Z Puzzle Guide+524 variants and genres, however includes word puzzles in the mix
-Ryotaro Chiba (EctoPlasma)'s Spreadsheet and +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+249 genres classified with great precision, with an eye for computer implementation
-Cross-A+ Logic Puzzles Rules+217 genres briefly explained, with illustrated rules
-EctoPlasma's List of WPC puzzle types, plus some of unascertained origin)+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; and +187 genres — click the small question marks to reveal the rules
Pedro's Ported Paper Puzzle Genres; and +115 genres and variants ported by Pedro with the Kudamono Editor, including rules and a solve/edit interface
-Naoki Project DEUa collective effort to translate the rules for Naoki Inaba's original genres
-Puzzle Picnic's Genre list; and +77 classic genres, explained with a small picture, linking to all puzzles in the portal
-Puzzle fountain's Giochi ITA+60 classic genres explained in italian, with example (some genre names translated)
-Ivan Koswara (Chaotic Iak)'s Thinky discord's logic puzzle genres,+65 new genres (plus many variants) invented at the Thinky Puzzles server are already listed here, yet the list outdated (you can help)
-Arvi Teikari (Hempuli)'s Paper Puzzle Collection and +38 new genres — rules and puzzles neatly compiled as a single printable PDF
-Jack Lance's rules+25 classic genres, well explained with nice example pictures
-Vítězslav Koudelka's types of Sudoku Puzzles13 sudoku variants, well explained, with pictures
-Swiss Logic Puzzle Federation overview of Logikrätsel and rules for 5 genres DEUsimple genre classification (in German)
-Vexus Puzzles' Range8 original genres, explained by their authors
-Bay's Puzzle Editor Dictionary JPN ENGSearch available editor(s) by genre name (english keywords accepted)

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)- and Daisuke Kobayashi (sabo2)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.linkPUZ-PRE and Robert Vollmert (robx)An extension of PUZ-PRE, translated to english.
-PZPRXS — X-sheep forkpuzz.link and Lennard Sprong (x-sheep)An extension of puzz.link, adding new puzzle types, which may eventually merge back into puzz.link.
PZPLUS — PuzzlePlusPZPRXS and 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- and わんど (wand125)an hexagonal grid editor and solver, for the genre Honey Islands
-Penpa edit JPN ENG- and Tomoya Kimura (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 and Swaroop Guggilam (swaroopg)An extension with many new features, in very active development.
-Janko.at's interface DEU-Otto JankoA very complete solving interface, packed with features.
-PuzzlePicnic's Studio- and Johan de Ruiter, Maarten Löffler and Thierry de KokOlder interface, but with a nice buttons to switch between different ink colours, and an eraser. Login-walled.
-Puzzlemaker-HempuliA concise puzzle-drawing tool, with good keyboard shortcuts (e.g for board resizing) and a neat palette of symbols.
-Puzzle setting tool for sudoku- and Eric FoxSudoku setter, supporting a wealth of variants
-Sven's SudokuPad-Sven Neumann (svencodes)Sudoku solver, with really nice area selection and colouring functions
-Portable Puzzle Collection-Simon TathamPortable interfaces for solving (and generating) puzzles of +40 genres (renamed).
-Krazydad interface, e.g bridges-Jim PalmeriA cute interface for solving the puzzles on Krazydad, with live error-checking
-Sudokizer JPN- and 齋藤スバル (Subaru Saito)A sudoku editor and solver with many options, including flipping/rotating the board and producing the list of deductions (Tesujis) used when solving the puzzle
-Suiri Editor 推理パズルエディタ JPN-Subaru SaitoAn editor for Einstein-type puzzles
Kudamono Editor- and PedroA 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 SolverMichael Tang and Jenna H.suite of solvers for +54 genres of Nikoli-style logic puzzles
pzprRT ENG JPNsemiexpa 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 SolversUnknownUnder 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 SolverMatt GruskinPython 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 JPN3892myamyacheck the answers to +120 puzz.link genre urls
sudoku solver JPN3892myamyaA puzzle generator with +80 types, includes the option to pre-generate multiple puzzles and speedrun them, complete with timer (see Jeffrey Bardon (IHNN)'s video using it)
foxy sudoku solverKrisOfRageA 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 JPNsemiexpanswer from the URL of Pazupure and puzz.link. Includes genres such as double choco and slalom.
toichika Solver JPNTesuji and Udo P. (udop)automatic answering tool for toichika, which displays the answering process
Honey Island real-time solver JPNwand125Honey Island — search for confirmed locations
Sudoku SolverAndrew Plotkin (zarfeblong)Sudoku solver, iterative deductive (see list of strategies on the page)
Tim's Sudoku SolverTimdownAn old sudoku solver
Cross-A+Sergey Kutasov and Ilya MorozovCommercial 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. HashiThomas ReinkeFor 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 FRAUnknownKakuro and Sudoku are a few among the immensity of tools listed under "Number games"
Polyforms SolverJaap ScherphuisA Java application to make and solve puzzles/problems involving polyforms (polyominos, polyiamonds, polyhexes, polytans, polydrafters, etc…) in a rich set of geometric gids.

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 GrantAkari
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 JPNTarai puzzleHeyawake
A Numberlink solving primerPalmer MebaneNumberlink
Wei-Hwa Huang creates a Nurikabe puzzleWei-hwa HuangNurikabe
Let's make it! Spiral Galaxies 天体ショー JPNTarai puzzleSpiral Galaxies
On Spiral Galaxies 天体ショーについて JPNPzdcSpiral Galaxies
Let's make a star battle!Jack LanceStar battle
Answer to How does one go about creating a new grid-deduction puzzleDeusoviTapa
I Tried to make a Yajilin ヤジリンを作ってみた+α JPNAtomicNeoNYajilin
Let's make it! Yajilin ヤジリン JPNTarai puzzleYajilin

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

puzzle solving guides
Description Guide Genre
Akari Solving guide 美術館を解こう Part 1 and 2 JPNnyoroppyiAkari
My favourite Castle wallStefCastle Wall
Commentary on Mini Coral JPNPronterCoral (mini)
How to solve a Curve Data Puzzle?Ashish KumarCurve Data
How to solve: Dosun Fuwari 解き方(ドッスンフワリ) JPNTarai puzzleDosun Fuwari
How to solve: Double choco 解き方(ダブルチョコ) JPNTarai puzzleDouble choco
How to solve: Gokigen Naname 解き方(ごきげんななめ) JPNTarai puzzleGokigen Naname
How to solve: Hashiwokakero 手筋集(橋をかけろ) JPNTarai puzzleHashiwokakero
Penalty theory for dynasty genresChaotic IakHeyawake
Dynasty cycle counting (penalty theory) the easy wayDoomsday OneHeyawake
Penalty Theory in dynasty puzzlestckmnHeyawake
Teal’s (In)Comprehens(ive/ible) Heyawake GuideTealHeyawake
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 JPNTarai puzzleHeyawake
Heyawake: how to cross the river Part 1 + Part 2 JPNSP1Heyawake
How to solve Honey Island (subsection) ハニーアイランドを愛でる会 JPNSakiHoney Island
The story of Hotaru Beam and Parity ホタルビームとパリティの話 JPNlilvaHotaru Beam
How to solve: LITS 解き方 JPNTarai puzzleLITS
How to solve: Nurikabe 解き方(ぬりかべ) JPNTarai puzzleNurikabe
How to solve: Nurimisaki 解き方(ぬりみさき) JPNTarai puzzleNurimisaki
How to solve: Sashigane 解き方(さしがね) JPNTarai puzzleSashigane
How to solve: Shakashaka 解き方(シャカシャカ) with Tactics JPNTarai puzzleShakashaka
Japan Simple Loop Society 日本シンプルループ学会 JPNNAZOacSimple Loop
Slitherlink Tesuji Collection 理論に基づくスリザーリンク手筋集 JPNfffSlitherlink
Slitherlink PatternsBram de LaatSlitherlink
How to solve: Spiral Galaxies 解き方(天体ショー) with Tesuji JPNTarai puzzleSpiral Galaxies
A story and collection of tricks that made a Toichika solver JPNudopToichika
Yajilin is interesting, let's solve it! ヤジリンが面白いから、解こう JPNTarai puzzleYajilin
How to solve: Yajilin 解き方(ヤジリン) with Tesuji JPNTarai puzzleYajilin

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 RUS2020
-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 shopNikoli was founded by Maki Kaji, the grandfather of sudoku. The most popular paper puzzle genres were invented at this company.
-Toketa JPNJapanese self-publishing magazine with contributions from Serkan Yürekli. Since 2013
-Games MagazineErich Friedman sent many puzzles here for publishing
-Pulze Magazine by TamboxA recent (2022) puzzle magazine
-Conceptis Puzzles book storeA huge selection of publications where on nonograms and sudoku prevail, but there are other genres in the mix
-Forsmarts Puzzle BooksPuzzles that appeared at various contests, a project by Vladimir Portugalov
-PUZZLERS ClubAnother recent (2022?) puzzle magazine
-Internet Puzzler JPNby Sekai Bunka Publishing Inc., a japanese company
-Puzlova JPNby JPPuzzles

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

Name Commentary
puzz.link Databaseaggregates 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 Databasepuzz.link database with some visual changes and conveniences, such as direct links to the puzzles
Puzzle Square JPNaggregates puzzles made with puzz.link, penpa and other tools; great search functionality
Puzzle Picnic Searchallows mass printing (up to 64 puzzles)
Logic Masters Deutschland's Advanced search DEU ENGthe 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
KrazydadJim PalmeriBoth 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 puzzlesPhilipp StollenmayerDaily puzzles of most classic genres
puzzle-loop, puzzle-dominosa, etc…Atanas GeorgievFamily 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 variationsGideon Greenspan and Rachel LeePrintable sudokus of varying difficulties. Other daily sudoku sites: Fed, str8ts, Live, Printable, Killer, 2, E-, Mania, Cup, fans and Foxy
str8tszarfeblong and Jeff WidderichDaily Str8ts and sudokus
Logic Games OnlineJosh MetzlerNurikabe, LightsOut, TenPair, Netwalk and of course Sudoku. 2005—2016
Brain BashersJoshua Stone24 genres, all re-generated daily
PuzzlemixThomas Snyder (Dr. Sudoku)16 genres, 8 of which are sudoku variants
Puzzle UniversityDr. Sudokuold-school (1993) website with hitoris of different difficulties, sudoku, and several word-based puzzles plus Einstein (logic) problems, all dailies.
Kakuro onlineThomas ReinkeDaily kakuro puzzle, with generators for a few other genres.
Kwon-Tom Loop's daily slitherlinkFoilmanAn 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 variationsFoilmanAn extremely varied colection of geometric grids with slitherlink puzzles on them, daily. See also the archives.
TwistNTurn generator (masyu)TilpsAn online tool with the ability to generate Masyu on square and octogonal grids.
LoopDeLoop generator (slitherlink)TilpsA similar tool containing a wealth of geometric grids (triangular, hexagonal, pentagonal, etc…) on which to generate slitherlink puzzles.
HIDATO.comDoo-Bee Toys & GamesDaily hidatos of varying difficulties, by Gyora M. Benedek's company
Portable Puzzle CollectionSimon TathamFor each of the paper puzzle genres in-scope (e.g. light up, slither link, nonograms, sudoku, masyu, tentaisho), a page refresh generates a new (random) puzzle (seed). Size and other parameters are tunable.

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 Federation1999
Liste der Wettbewerbe DEULogic Masters Deutschland2009
LMI TestsLogic Masters India2009 (probably)
LMI Contest searchLogic Masters India???
24 Hours Puzzle Championship Archive mirrorIHNN2010
Logic Mashups spreadsheetSoftFro2011 (probably)
University of Tokyo Puzzle Championship JPNUniversity of Tokyo2012, then 2015
Japan Puzzle Championship Archive JPN (use top bar)JPPuzzles2013
Grand Prix Puzzle ArchiveWorld Puzzle Federation2014
Grand Prix Sudoku ArchiveWorld Puzzle Federation2014
Online Contests ArchiveUK Puzzle Association2010
Logical Contests Puzzles ENG SRPJovan.N2017
Competition Links (login required)WPC Team USA2018
Puzzle Race Test listKorea and China Association2020
Puzcon Contest list JPNPuzcon2021

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 Millar2006
Uramasyu 裏ましゅ JPNUnknown2006
A Cleverly-Titled Logic Puzzle Blog Elyot Grant2008
The Logical World of PuzzlesRohan Rao2008
Meander LawnΑντώνης Λαλάτσας2009
Detuned RadioTom Hermans (Auroriax)2009
The diary of a puzzlemakerAnuraag Sahay2011
GET SET GOswaroopg2011
Bounded-Error Log Betaveros2011
Bachelor seal ニコリ系パズルの逆襲 JPNBachelor Seal2011
EnigmAtticBastien Vial-jaime2012
PS's puzzles +Prasanna Seshadri2012
The Puzzle RobotSerkan Yürekli2012
Jack Lance PuzzlesJack Lance2013
Adalogical AenigmasPavel Curtis2013
Auxin's Puzzle Vault オーキシンのパズル保管庫 JPNAuxin オーキシン2013
The Modern ExperienceTapio Saarinen2014
Edderiofer's Logic PuzzlesSophie (Edderiofer)2014
Maybe Puzzles robx2014
Tsukukoma Puzzle Club 筑駒パズル部 JPNTarai puzzle2014
Puzzle JunkCraig Kasper2014
e blogEkbm2014
Semi-long blogPhenomist2015
Chibisukemaru's puzzle place チビスケ丸のパズル置き場 JPNChibisukmaru チビスケ丸2015
Yellow Puzzle 黄色いパズル JPNYellow Pencil Crow ぺんしるからす(黄色い烏)2016
Jamie's Deceptive PuzzlesJamie Hargrove2017
World of SudokuAkash Doulani2017
Let's SudokuHemant Kr. Malani2018
Hausiegel Puzzle blog Roland Voigt2019 (older content erased)
青い厚揚げのホームページ JPNBlue Fried Tofu 青い厚揚げ2019
IHNN's Puzzle EmporiumIHNN2019
SP1 Puzzle Nikki のぱずるにっき JPNSP12019
The Sound of silver being struckdohz2020
Hempuli's blog Hempuli2020
Eric Fox's PuzzlesEric Fox2020
bakpao's puzzles Chiel Beenhakker (bakpao)2020
Mad Mahogany PuzzlesMadmahogany2020
Puzzles for progress Peter Jacob Smyth (Holy Mahogany)2020
Tckmn Logic puzzlestckmn2020
Puzlog Pedro2020
Covering Space Puzzles Will Colton (DaGreenMachine)2021
djmathman's puzzlesDavid Altizio2021
jkpuzzlesJkittykitkat2021
Shye's StuffShye2021
Sam's Puzzle RepositorySam Cappleman-Lynes2021
Mark Sweep's PuzzlesMark Sweep2021
Michael Tang's puzzle blogMichael Tang2021
SudoKanardSudokanard2021
Polman PuzzlesPolman Poppins2021
Puzzling InvalidDInvalidd2021
The Daily KrownundrumMitchell Clarke (DireKrow)2022
Broken Sign Martin Ender (Menderbug)2022
Au voleur! puzzlesau voleur!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 Friedman1999 (probably)
Puzzle Laboratory (PDFs) JPNNaoki Inaba2001
-Croco Puzzle (except Fridays for Future) DEUBernhard Seckinger2006
-Puzzles of Leonid Mochalov ENG RUS (use the top menu to find paper puzzles)Leonid Mochalov???
-Vorhandensein JPN (puzzle links broken)Izkdic???
-OCTO PuzzlesDoug Gardner2011
-Deusovi's Logic Puzzles, (profile)Deusovi2015
-ludicrous loop (see profile for more puzzles)William Hu (TheGreatEscaper)2016
-Mindwielders SudokuLucy Audrin???
-Taishi Higashida's Puzzle MuseumTaichi Higashida2019
-KersnapBram Cohen2020
-Joseph Mansfield's Puzzles sectionJoseph Mansfield (sftrabbit)2020
-Blaž Urban Gracar's GamesBlaž Urban Gracar2021
-Chaotic iak's pageChaotic Iak2021
-Ionic squares & Ivy slylyZachary Talis2022

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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Nanana_sleep

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omochana2

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pheno_puzzles

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plane_puzzle

plcherrim

pleiades_puz

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polake

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pronter

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qrostar

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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 — LivejournalDr. Sudoku20202006
-Sudoku ManiaRishi Puri20202010
-PuzzleMine — Digging for GemsUnknown20202014
-Twitter Puzzle Index の出題パズル まとめSubaru Saito20202015
-Life in SudokuGaurav Kumar Jain20202017
-pzdc JPNPzdc20202017
-Error functionwormsofcan20202018
-Dr Gareth Moore, formerlykillersudokuGareth Moore20192009
-Variantes de SudokuFred7620192009
-Puzzle Parade, formerly Logic PuzzlesValvino20192010, 2015
-Nikoli puzzle counterattack ニコリ系パズルの逆襲 JPNIwadaiseki 岩大戟20192011
-Tokunakira Puzzle Studio トクナキラのパズル工房 JPNTokunakiraトクナキラ20192013
-Novice Puzzle Factory 新米パズル作成所~E工場~ JPNSouma Izawa 伊澤聡真20192014
-Kurotento ペンパ置き場 JPNBlack Tent クロテント20192014
-LITS World JPNLits_world20192016
-Kashiyu Fish Puzzle Park かしゆさかなのパズル公園 JPNKashiyu Fish かしゆさかな20192017
-MspuzzlesMichael Tang20192018
-Tochiotome pencil puzzle とちおとめ ペンシルパズル JPNOgawan オガワン20192018
-ChaosAtTheSky, formerly A Chaotically Puzzling BlogChaotic Iak20182011, 2012
-Para's Puzzle SiteBram de Laat20182011
-fffのパズル日記 JPNfff20182015
-Memorandum on puzzles パズルに関する備忘録 JPNSubaru Saito20182015
Paramesis Puzzle BlogParamesis20182016
-連続発破のはっぱ日記. with archive at Indi.xreaLeaving Leaves20172006
-anderson's Puzzle BlogQzqxq20172011
-WA1729Walker Anderson20172014
-Massu's puzzle place まっすーのパズル置き場 JPNMassu まっすー20172016
-Puzzle GraffitiGorogoro20172015
-Sudokus Hexagonals Simètrics (SHS) SPA CATJoan Colom20162015
-Puzzled by TitlesNikolai Beluhov20162015
-The Zotmeister — LiveJournalAdam Wood20152005
-gesaku >>>>ON<<<< the blogゲサク (GESAKU)20152006
-Mokuani のブログ JPNMokuani20152006
-Melon's PuzzlesPalmer Mebane20152009
-Canada Puzzle TeamTarai puzzle20152013
-Solve the UnsolvableAshish Kumar20152014
-A variety of pencil puzzlesRavi Kumar Macherla20142014
-The House of Cy Reb Jr.Cy Reb20142009
-FigonometryFigonometry20142010
-baLLjugglermoka JPNBalljugglermoka20142012
-ValeziusZoltán Horváth (Valezius)20142011
-Puzzle NoteTakeya 竹谷20142011
-PuzzlepaloozaJames Frye20132010
-Scott's Puzzle PageScott Handelman20132012
-Random StuffzYoshiap20132013
-Flashback puzzlesTawan Sunathvanichkul20122010
-L'île logique FRABastien Vial-jaime20122010
-Linguo Puzzles (degraded)Bozzballd20122012
-Kevin's blogKitkatksun4820122012
-grandpascorpionGrandpascorpion20092008
-Puzzle Gadget (degraded)Wei-hwa20072006

Sam Loyd’s Cyclopedia of 5000 Puzzles, Tricks, and Conundrums could propably be listed alongside these archives (1914).

Name Format
Puzzling Stack ExchangeQA
Puzzle Picnic ForumForum
Logic Masters IndiaForum
UK Puzzle AssociationForum
Sfinks forum POLForum
Kwon-Tom Loop, with variationsForum
UK Puzzle FederationForum
WPC World Puzzle Federation /(inactive)Forum
Argio Logic ITA ENGForum
Fred Stalder's Sudoku Variante FRAForum
Cracking the Cryptic DiscordDiscord
Thinky Puzzle's Discord — Paper Puzzle ZoneDiscord

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 PuzzlesSerhiy Grabarchukoften
Ken's Puzzle of the WeekKen Duisenbergweekly
PuzzleUp archivesEmrehan Haliciweekly
Puzzle Prime DeductionArtur Kirkoryanoften
MathPuzzleEd Pegguntil 2020
Cut the knot Interactive Mathematics Miscellany and PuzzlesAlexander Bogomolnyuntil 2018
Tilings EncyclopediaDirk 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, swaroopg'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), sevenkplus, Qqwref and Matej Uher (Muhorka) for feedback and identifying many missing entries (and even whole sections)!