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June, 1998


Puzzlemaker™
http://puzzlemaker.school.discovery.com//
GRADE LEVEL: Professionals

CONTENT:
Puzzlemaker™ is a Web site that allows users to generate crossword, word search and maze puzzles online, to print out for offline use.

AESTHETICS:
The background is a watermark crossword puzzle. Most of the text is small and narrowly spaced. Most of the puzzle sections are forms.

ORGANIZATION:
Viewers must use their back buttons to navigate within the site. The puzzle sections require users to fill out submission forms.

REVIEW:
Puzzlemaker™ works by using two computers. The first computer houses the set-up forms that create the puzzles. A second computer handles the input data which allows puzzles to be created fairly quickly. Viewers will find computer-generated mazes, word searches, hidden message word searches, criss-cross puzzles, number blocks, math squares, double puzzles, cryptograms, letter tiles and fallen phrases. A new addition to the site, posted every Sunday, is Tesseract's Mazes, which are hand-drawn mazes. The site is easy to learn and use. This is a great resource for educators looking for activities and games to enhance lesson plans.