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acrostic a poem or puzzle in which the first (or last) letters of each line spell a word or sentence.
alphametic a popular mathematical puzzle in which numbers are replaced by letters forming words.
brainteaser something (as a puzzle) that demands mental effort and acuity for its solution.
conundrum (Lat.) a riddle, esp one whose answer is a play on words.
crossword a type of puzzle in which a square with blank spaces is to be filled with letters.
cruciverbalist a designer or afficionado of crossword puzzles.
enigma (Greek) a riddle, a puzzle.
kakuro a kind of logic puzzle, resembling a mathematical crossword.
logogriph a riddle in which a word is found from other words' letters.
logogriphic like a logogriph, a riddle in which a word is found from other words' letters.
pusle (Obs.) a puzzle; (verb) to puzzle.
puzzledom the domain of puzzles; puzzles, collectively.
rebus (Lat.) a representation of syllables or words by means of pictures or symbols; also, a riddle made up of such pictures or symbols.
riddler one who poses riddles.
solutionist a solver, as of puzzles.
sudoku a type of puzzle in which numbers must be entered into a square grid in such a way that no number is repeated in any row, column or internal square.
tangram a Chinese geometrical puzzle consisting of a square cut into seven pieces which can be combined to make various shapes.
unpuzzle to work out the obscured meaning of.
unriddler one who unriddles.
wordsearch a type of word puzzle.