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If you are looking for quality puzzle books at prices that won't break your pocket book, you are in luck. Whether you seek 1000+ puzzles in a single volume or pocket-sized travel companions, themed or un-themed puzzles, or unconventional word searches, crosswords, fill-ins, or rules for word games, we have them all. So we invite you to browse the thumbnails below. We are continuously adding to our suite of offerings.

By the way, all of our published books are printed on thick, non-bleed-through paper, in contrast to the newsprint puzzle books you find in most grocery store checkout aisles. They make perfect gifts for yourself, or for the puzzle lover in your life.

★ ★ ★ New Book Series ★ ★ ★

Publication update: Books 1, 2 & 3 (on sale now), Books 4 & 5 (early 2023)

The World's Largest Collection Of Themed Word Search Puzzles is published across five books. Each book has:

  • 1,200 puzzles with 24,000 words
  • 20 words in each 20x22 grid
  • 1 unlisted word in each puzzle
  • 300 ‘hidden’ bonus puzzles
  • solutions in easy-to-read format
The World's Largest Collection Of Themed Word Search Puzzles (Book 1 of 5) by Charles Waterford
The World's Largest Collection Of Themed Word Search Puzzles (Book 2 of 5) by Charles Waterford
The World's Largest Collection Of Themed Word Search Puzzles (Book 3 of 5) by Charles Waterford

In all, the complete collection boasts a total of 6,000 puzzles with 120,000 words — enough to keep even the most serious word searcher busy for quite a while.

The World's Largest Collection Of Themed Word Search Puzzles (Book 4 of 5) by Charles Waterford
Here's a sample of puzzles from Book 1
The World's Largest Collection Of Themed Word Search Puzzles (Book 5 of 5) by Charles Waterford

Best of all, every puzzle is organized by a fun theme. These themes include food, animals, hobbies, sports, popular culture, and plenty of wordplay. But there is so much more. Crack open the book and take a look!

Crosswords, Fill-ins & Word Game Books

This fast 'n easy crossword book is sure to please novice and expert alike. Same goes for this fill-in book, which offers its own unique puzzle challenge. And learning a fun new word game for your next get-together has never been easier with this one-of-a-kind rule book.

A Hundred Fast ‘n’ Easy Crosswords (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
A Hundred Fill-In Puzzles (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
250 HOMEMADE WORD GAMES: RULES, STRATEGIES, EXAMPLES by Charles Waterford

Word Search Puzzles

★ Biggest Word Search Books ★

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As far as we know, there are no bigger word search books on this or any other planet!

The Biggest Word Search Book in the Universe: 1,328 Puzzles (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
The Biggest Word Search Book in the Universe: 1,328 Puzzles (Volume 2) by Charles Waterford
The Biggest Word Search Book in the Universe: 1,328 Puzzles (Volume 3) by Charles Waterford

Did you know?

The first documented word search was published in 1968. You can find it in the March 1st edition of the Selenby Digest. This aptly named "sell and buy" digest was a small, want ad newspaper distributed for free in grocery stores in Norman, Oklahoma. The puzzle was constructed by Norman E. Gibat and featured the cities and towns of his home state. A second puzzle using street names came out a week later. While the Digest was short-lived and Norman of Norman did not publish puzzles after that, area teachers immediately saw their value as a teaching aid and started using them in their classrooms. Word apparently spread and the rest, as they say, is history.

The Biggest Word Search Book in the Universe: 1,328 Puzzles (Volume 4) by Charles Waterford
The Biggest Word Search Book in the Universe: 1,328 Puzzles (Volume 5) by Charles Waterford
The Biggest Word Search Book in the Universe: 1,328 Puzzles (Volume 6) by Charles Waterford
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1,328 puzzles with 27,000+ words

The Biggest Bible Word Search Book on Earth: Over 1,300 Verses & Puzzles (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
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All verses from King James Bible

The WORLD'S BIGGEST Word Search Book: 1,072 Puzzles (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
The WORLD'S BIGGEST Word Search Book: 1,072 Puzzles (Volume 2) by Charles Waterford
The WORLD'S BIGGEST Word Search Book: 1,072 Puzzles (Volume 3) by Charles Waterford

Up for a challenge?

Try the World's First Crossword Puzzle from 1913

The WORLD'S BIGGEST Word Search Book: 1,072 Puzzles (Volume 4) by Charles Waterford
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The WORLD'S BIGGEST Word Search Book: 1,072 Puzzles (Volume 5) by Charles Waterford

★ Pretty Big Word Search Books ★

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Not quite the biggest, but plenty big for most.

The 1,000 Puzzle Word Search Book (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
The 1,000 Puzzle Word Search Book (Volume 2) by Charles Waterford
The 600 Puzzle Word Search Book (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
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The 600 Puzzle Word Search Book (Volume 2) by Charles Waterford
The 500 Puzzle Word Search Book (Volume 1) by Charles Waterford
The 500 Puzzle Word Search Book (Volume 2) by Charles Waterford

★ Themed Word Search Books ★

Word lists organized in sometimes quirky categories.

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(these 5 books are currently unavailable)

101 Themed Word Search Puzzles: From A to Z and Back Again (A Couple Times) Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
101 Themed Word Search Puzzles: From A to Z and Back Again (A Couple Times) Vol. 2 by Charles Waterford
101 Themed Word Search Puzzles: From A to Z and Back Again (A Couple Times) Vol. 3 by Charles Waterford
101 Themed Word Search Puzzles: From A to Z and Back Again (A Couple Times) Vol. 4 by Charles Waterford
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101 Themed Word Search Puzzles: From A to Z and Back Again (A Couple Times) Vol. 5 by Charles Waterford
100 Alphabet Word Searches, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
Word Searching by the Letter (Vol. 1: S-Words) by Charles Waterford
Word Searching by the Letter (Vol. 2: C-Words) by Charles Waterford
Word Search: All Counties, Parishes & Boroughs in the United States! (Travel Size Edition, Vol. 1) by Charles Waterford
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Word Search: All Counties, Parishes & Boroughs in the United States! (Large Print Edition, Vol. 1) by Charles Waterford

★ Unique Word Search Books ★

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Our exclusive Shapes Series offers puzzles with words hidden in fun shapes.

Word Search Squares (Shapes Series, Vol. 1) by Charles Waterford
Word Search Corners (Shapes Series, Vol. 2) by Charles Waterford
Word Search Rectangles (Shapes Series, Vol. 3) by Charles Waterford
Word Search Horseshoes (Shapes Series, Vol. 4) by Charles Waterford
Word Search Donuts (Shapes Series, Vol. 5) by Charles Waterford
Word Search Big Squares (Shapes Series, Vol. 6) by Charles Waterford
Word Search Two Bricks (Shapes Series, Vol. 7) by Charles Waterford
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Word Search 4-Letter L's (Shapes Series, Vol. 8) by Charles Waterford
Word Search Squares,Corners, Rectangles, Horseshoes (Shapes Series, Vols. 1-4) by Charles Waterford
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Word Search Donuts, Big Squares, Two Bricks, 4-Letter L's (Shapes Series, Vols. 5-8) by Charles Waterford

★ Everyday Word Search Books ★

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Convenient pocket-sized books with 80 to 400 puzzles each.

The 80 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
The 80 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 2 by Charles Waterford
The 80 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 3 by Charles Waterford
The 80 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 4 by Charles Waterford
The 100 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
The 100 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 2 by Charles Waterford
The 100 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 3 by Charles Waterford
The 100 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 4 by Charles Waterford
The 100 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 5 by Charles Waterford
The 150 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
The 150 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 2 by Charles Waterford
The 200 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
The 200 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 2 by Charles Waterford
The 200 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 3 by Charles Waterford
The 300 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
The 300 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 2 by Charles Waterford
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The 400 Puzzle Word Search Book, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford

★ No Answer Key Word Search Books ★

karate guy kicking T from word CAN'T so only CAN is left

Hundreds of extra puzzles in place of an answer key.

Word Searching Without A Net (600 Puzzles) by Charles Waterford
Word Searching Without A Net (1,556 Puzzles) by Charles Waterford
Word Searching Without A Net (1,250 Puzzles) by Charles Waterford

★ Miscellaneous Word Seeks ★

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Word searches by any other name are still word searches.

250 Word Seeks, Vol. 1 by Charles Waterford
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250 Word Seeks, Vol. 2 by Charles Waterford
250 Word Seeks, Vol. 3 by Charles Waterford
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250 Word Seeks, Vol. 4 by Charles Waterford

★ Large Print Word Search Books ★

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Fifty LARGE PRINT Word Search Puzzles and Solutions: Volume 1 by Charles Waterford
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