Stocking Filler Gift List
Struggling to stuff your Christmas stockings with gifts that will truly make people smile? Put down the days-of-the-week socks and pick up some of these games and goodies instead. We’ve compiled a list of stocking fillers that are not only thoughtful and unique but, most importantly, fun! Little Builders / Little Astronauts / Little Bakers […]
Sustainability Week 2023
Following the success of our first-ever Professor Puzzle Sustainability Week last year, Louise took on the challenge to host another week dedicated to sustainability – and it was an equally fantastic experience! It’s a chance to really focus on our PP Sustainability journey and inspire everyone to incorporate small changes, both within and outside of […]
Which PP Party Game Are You?
You’ve been to the bars and cafes to try and strike up a connection. You’ve tried recommendations from friends who think they know your type. You’ve even tried those online apps to help you stumble across, “the one”. But try as you might, you just haven’t found that perfect party game yet … Well look […]
Screen-Free Summer Activities
Now that the school holidays are in full swing, you may be wondering what on earth you can do to keep your little ones’ minds occupied, without resorting to the dreaded screen! We’re not here to judge parenting tactics, we understand how hard it is to juggle looking after children in today’s attention-driven world. But […]
Shooting Stars for the Day
At PP we like to try and make a difference, big or small. One of the ways we do this is by giving our team the option to complete volunteer days, to work with charities who need a helping hand. Shooting Star hospice is a charity we have worked with for a long time and […]
A Big Walk for Big Change
Last week the team put down their tools and set out into the great outdoors for an even greater cause. We walked 16.5km to raise £3,800 for our friends at Big Change.  Even though a shower of hail stones poured down a mere hour before we were due to set off, the team were walking on […]
Another Mojo Nation Rising Star!
We are excited to announce that one of our brilliant Game Designers, James Smith, has earned himself a place in Mojo Nation’s ‘Top 100 People to Watch’ for the Toys and Games industry. James has been honoured in the Rising Stars category, and follows hot on the heels of another of our young designers who […]
Time to Celebrate …
We’re over the moon to have two products shortlisted for Gift of the Year 2023! Rainbow Go! and Hexagone have both been shortlisted in the games category. Which game you’ll love the most depends on whether you’re a tactical thinker or a trivia champion! In Rainbow Go! it’s a race to react and be the […]
Partnering with the FSC®
We’re on a mission to become a more sustainable business, from changing the way we manufacture our products to using more eco-friendly practices in our head office. This mission started back in 2019 when our responsible sourcing team was busy working with our suppliers and the Forest Stewardship Council® to become FSC® certified.   Prompted […]
Big Change at Essen Spiel 2022!
The team had an amazing few days at Essen Spiel in Germany over the weekend. We played games, showcased products, ate lots of good food … oh, and raised over €12,000 for Big Change Charity – smashing our €10,000 target!   We had a cracking start to the weekend. The Sales and Catalogue teams helped […]
Sustainability Week!
Last week, Louise – PP’s very own Responsible Sourcing Manager – launched our first ever sustainability week! The goal was to raise awareness of some of the ways we, as a company, can work together to improve our sustainability and help the planet. All the offices got involved in a series of exciting eco activities […]
We’re taking part in an exciting initiative this month which we wanted to let you all know about!   We’ve been invited by the Curious Correspondence Club to be one of 30 puzzle creators participating in their awesome initiative, “Puzzletember”.   In their words, “Puzzletember is a month-long digital event featuring 30 uniquely crafted puzzles.  […]
Curse of the Dark wins the Badge of Honour!
If you ask us, we think our escape room games are the best in the world, especially our new addition Curse of the Dark which has really knocked it out of the park! Perhaps we’re biased? But just maybe we’re telling the truth … if you take the word of escape room enthusiast group The […]
Left Father’s Day shopping to the last-minute? We’ve got you covered! The ultimate collection of dad-approved gifts – available to shop on our Amazon store just in time for the big day!   The Big Pub Quiz See who will be the trivia champion with this ultimate set of 1,000 questions across 10 classic categories! […]
Walking for Ukraine
The PP team all got their steps in as they walked 15km from Richmond to Kingston to raise money to help those affected by the conflict in Ukraine and other parts of the world. There were balloons, egg hunts, an egg and spoon race and of course some walking too! The Bristol team also donned their […]
Praise for Danger in the Deep!
All aboard the Retiarius and get ready to set sail on the latest wave of high praise for Danger in the Deep – our underwater escape room adventure! A copy of our puzzling submarine mission was recently sent to UK based escape room enthusiast group The Escape Roomer, who were very excited to play and […]
Professor Puzzle Turns 20!
What started out as Ben’s Baffling Brainbenders 20 years ago, has turned into the successful, fun and fast-paced business we are today! From creating and selling metal puzzles made from nails on market stalls in London, to being one of the world’s most innovative creators of games and puzzles, it’s been an amazing journey full […]
Mojo Nation’s Top 100!
We’re excited to announce that one of our amazing games designers, Kat, has been named in Mojo Nation’s ‘Top 100 People to Watch’ in the Toy and Game industry. Kat features in their Rising Star category. Kat made the move into games design via a short spell in product development, and in just a couple […]
Jake & Andrew in Atlanta
This week saw Andrew and Jake venture off to Atlanta to our first trade show of the year. After the sad news late last week that New York and Nuremburg have both been cancelled, it was great to still have the chance to be in a showroom chatting to customers and walking them through all […]
Danger in the Deep wins its first award!
We’re starting off the New Year with some exciting news! Danger in the Deep has been awarded the “Best Tabletop Game” 2021 Bullseye Award from @escapetheroomers 🏆🎉 Congratulations to our team and thank you to ESCAPETHEROOMers! For those who haven’t yet taken on the challenge, Danger in the Deep is one of our newer collaborative escape room […]
Happy Halloween!
In true Professor Puzzle style, the fancy dress theme was wholeheartedly embraced, and the outfits were scarily good as we stepped out for our annual Halloween party! From clowns, cats and cereal killers to pumpkin tangrams and Scooby Doo characters, nothing was too much effort and choosing just one winner was a serious challenge. Congratulations […]
Get On Board!
Last week’s paddle boarding and towpath litter pick went swimmingly! Get on Board is designed to highlight the problem of plastic pollution in our waterways and demonstrate commitment to the environment and the community. So we joined up with a bunch of other local businesses, and paddled all the way from Kew Bridge to Richmond, […]
You wanna pizza this?! Taking a well-earned break to indulge in a delicious carb overload and chat with all our colleagues is becoming a regular thing at the PP Twickenham offices. We’re massive fans of the woodfired pizzas that regularly brighten us all up as we enjoy some alfresco office dining! #teambonding #companyperks #lunchtimetreats 🍕😋
Staying Power!
This week we took some time out to celebrate the motley crew who’ve truly earned the right to call themselves part of the PP furniture. So we’d thought we’d show them off to you too! These guys have all put in over a decade of hard work and dedication at Professor Puzzle. To show our […]
Anyone for Rounders?
What better way to spend a sunny afternoon than whacking a small white ball around a large patch of grass? Bats and balls were retrieved from the product team’s cupboards, teams (of dubious equality) were selected, the pitch was marked out, an umpire primed for appeals, and we were all set. A rapid and rowdy […]
Can you find the magic word?
Garden games at the ready!
Get ready to embrace the outdoors as UK lockdown restrictions start to lift and we can get back to doing some of the things we love! To help you make the most of your garden or local park, we’ve put together the perfect selection of our best-selling garden games. With a few of these games […]
Mother’s Day Favourites!
It’s that time of year again when we celebrate the very best women in our lives. If you’re stuck for ideas of what to treat your mum to, then look no further than this handpicked selection of beautifully relaxing treats that are sure to leave any mum positively glowing! From idyllic jigsaws, to calming yoga inspiration, […]
Can you crack the cryptic clues?
It’s elementary … or is it?
Tis the season for logic and reason!
Some festive fun before 2021!
A Christmas Carol
There’s no greater Christmas story than that of Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”, so bring the pages of this festive tale to life with our stunning 250-piece jigsaw puzzle! Whether it’s by a cozy log-fire or the twinkling of your Christmas tree, fitting together the pieces of this puzzle is just the thing to get you […]
Our top 5 hair-raising Halloween movies (and some games to complement them!)
We love a good horror movie here at PP HQ: from ghost and ghouls to knife-wielding maniacs, who can resist the thrill of a good scare? Here’s our Top 5 Scariest Movies to watch at home this Halloween, so close the curtains, grab the popcorn and press play … if you dare! 5)  Wes Craven’s […]
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the best perspective of them all?
We’re seeing double here at PP HQ with launch of our new competitive brain training game, Reflect Mirror Mazes! Our perspective has been flipped right on its head with a double-sided mirror that messes with your mind! Reflect Mirror Mazes is so simple but effective – two players sit face-to-face with a double-sided mirror between […]
New release! Quick-fire mini escape room games!
Get ready to usher in an exciting new generation of home puzzles with this collection of mini escape room games! Hot off the success of our best-selling escape room range, these quick-fire games have been specifically developed for fast and simple set-up with minimal fuss. Gameplay couldn’t be more effortless with detailed instructions and an […]
We’re delighted to have taken hiring new staff ‘off hold’ and be looking for people to fill roles in almost every department. There are more talented people out there looking for work than ever before, and we don’t want to miss out! If you have experience in our industry and want to be part of […]
Keep the fun going at home!
  Games, puzzles and quizzes have been a lifeline to us all in recent months. They’ve proven to be a great tool to bring us together and provide hours of much-needed entertainment! While our normal day-to-day life has changed dramatically and we’re spending more time at home, we’ve turned to games and puzzles to be […]
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Double Gift of the Year Winners!
When the beginning of each new year rolls round, we wait with bated breath to hear the results from the Gift of the Year Awards. These highly coveted awards celebrate the biggest and brightest gifts on the market, anything from jewellery to stationery to garden games, and we are so happy to announce that Professor […]
A Christmas Conundrum
Christmas 2019!
Things are getting festive here at Professor Puzzle as the countdown to the big day begins! No fun-loving office would be complete without an Ugly Christmas Jumper Day and so last Friday, we each dusted off our finest festive knitwear in a bid to raise money for Save the Children. From the tastefully tacky to […]
A City Situation
Can you work out how far it is to Cardiff using the information on the sign post? Click here for the solution
The Great River Race
On Saturday the 14th September, a team of ten Professor Puzzle colleagues faced the Great River Race, a gruelling 21.6 mile-long row along the choppy River Thames. The event consisted of over 330 boats of varying sizes, and was in aid of Skerries 4 Schools, a charity motivated by giving youngsters the opportunity to experience […]
Great games inspire good times. They remind us to take life a little less seriously and laugh a lot more often! Our development team has been having fun creating a collection of brilliant new games for 2019. The result? Our new brand, Looney Goose. Designed to appeal to a wide cross-section of audiences, these games are […]
Baffling Billiards
How can you get 30 by placing the balls into the boxes in the following equation? Click here for the solution
Introducing … Game of Thrones by Metal Earth
Your Own Piece of Westeros …   With the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones coming to an end, keep the White Walkers at bay by building your very own piece of Westeros. This collection of iconic disassembled Game of Thrones models from the award-winning series is quintessential to any super-fan’s bedroom, desk or geeky […]
Our 2019 Catalogue has arrived!
Hot off the press, our 2019 catalogue is bursting with fresh, new products! We’ve kept all our best-selling classic puzzles and brainteasers, but we’ve added seven exciting new collections, including a great selection of brilliantly entertaining games. This year sees the debut of Escape From The Grand Hotel – our first escape-room game; a stylish new […]
New Year, New You, New Hairdo
Looking for a fresh new look for 2019? Take some time out from flicking through those glossy fashion magazines and set your sights on our stylish little brainteaser! Click here for the solution
STRIVE Challenge
What do you get when you mix bikes, the Southern Alps and Richard Branson? The Virgin STRIVE Challenge of course! At the end of September whilst the rest of Professor Puzzle were enjoying the last few rays of the London summer sun, our Chief Puzzler Ben Meldrum was braving a five day cycle from Monaco to […]
Buzzer Battle
Things are definitely “buzzing” in the Professor Puzzle office with the upcoming launch of our hot new range! Introducing Buzzer Battle, the collection of quick-fire trivia tests and laugh out loud party games that are just the thing to kick your next games night into overdrive! Get your fingers at the ready as we take […]
We’re on the move!
It’s been all hands on deck in Chicago over the last two weeks as we’ve been busy relocating to our new puzzle palace!  Located in Ravenswood, it provides a fresh new space for our expanding US team to continue providing great customer service while developing inspiring new puzzles and games! The existing team, along with new recruits Molly […]
Winston Churchill: The Game of a Great Mind
With Darkest Hour up for six awards at the Oscar’s this weekend, the name of the man who inspired the movie is back on everyone’s lips. Winston Churchill is a name synonymous with greatness. The man who brought victory to England in World War II was a passionate patriot, and remains an inspiring icon to this day. […]
How to Host Your Own Games Night
Whilst the nights are still cold and the temperature hasn’t risen nearly enough to tempt the leaves back onto the trees, there’s nothing better than inviting a few friends over, turning the heating up high and busting open a few board games! Whether you’re crazy about charades or potty about pub quizzes, a games night […]
All’s Fair in Love and Riddles
This teaser is the perfect conundrum to mull over with your morning coffee. Can you decode this tricky little puzzle before you’ve reached the bottom of the cup? All you have to do is read the hints given in the riddle and work out the nine letter word! Click here for the solution
We are delighted to announce that Professor Puzzle has been placed in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 for the second year running! Published in the Business section today, The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private companies with the fastest-growing sales over their latest three years. Appearing in this […]
Fearsome Frights at Professor Puzzle!
Whilst the sun may have been bright and shining last Tuesday, it seemed as though Professor Puzzle HQ was filled with ghosts, ghouls and all ghastly things that go bump in the night! We love any excuse to throw on a costume (along with a generous helping of fake blood!) and for many of us […]
Solve the Spiral
Spring forward, fall back – it must be Daylight Saving Time again! If winding the clocks back and forth has left you in a spin, why not try our topsy-turvy brainteaser? You’re in luck though because with the clocks going back, you’ve got an extra hour to try to solve it!   Click here for the solution
Going For Gold at the Puzzle Olympics!
How do you prove who’s the Ultimate Master of Brain Training? With Puzzle Olympics of course! Inspired by Barts Charity’s #1hour campaign to raise money for trauma research and treatment, we decided to let the Professor Puzzle gang put their money where their mouths are and see how well they really know their puzzles! But […]
Professor Puzzle & Einstein leap into the world of licensing!
2017 has seen us mark our entry onto the licensing scene with the launch of our first ever licensed products – the official Albert Einstein puzzle range. The new and exciting range consists of five brilliantly baffling wooden and metal brainteasers. As enigmatic and complex as the man himself, all of the puzzles link to Einstein’s famous […]
Code Breaker
Cryptography puzzles contain secret phrases that have been encoded in some way. In the puzzle below, a quote from an ancient philosopher has had its letters replaced with other letters. To solve it, you will need to figure out the encryption key. To help you, use the clue U=H. Will you be able to decode […] Click here for the solution
When the office is filled with boxes of fresh new samples, packing tape and more cans of energy drink than we’d care to admit, it can only mean one thing – Autumn Fair! 2017 saw a big change for Professor Puzzle as we took the leap from the children’s gifts, toys and gadgets hall into […]
Another year…another chance to conquer the river! After our courageous debut in 2016, our opposition were undoubtedly shaking in their boats at the sight of us, the very definition of peak fitness, striding towards the Thames. The Puzzle Punters were back together for a second bite at the cherry and oh, what a performance was […]
Eastern history is rich with stories of legendary battles, brilliant military strategists and wise leaders. We challenge you to try and advance your own mental discipline with the same wooden puzzles favoured by the old emperors of the Orient! Our exciting new Grandmasters collection takes its inspiration from the rich history of the East. Carefully […]
On Wednesday 5th July, with the last box unpacked and the coffee machine switched on, the Professor Puzzle US office officially opened its doors! Situated directly next to the Willis Tower in the centre of Chicago, our new office will be the key to supporting our increasingly expanding US customer base and cementing Professor Puzzle […]
We’ve been busy creating our new and exciting, fully licensed Einstein range!  This unique collection of puzzles are as enigmatic and as complex as the great man himself and are now available for our fellow puzzlers to enjoy. Einstein was a scientist, a philosopher, a musician, an activist and a genius. Born the son of […]
Who do you think you are…Einstein?
Einstein believed that playing instruments, exploring nature and indeed solving puzzles, were just as valid expressions of intellect as memorising lines from a textbook. See if you can get closer to becoming a genius by solving this intriguing little teaser over your morning coffee! Click here for the solution
Pulling for Victory?
The “Puzzle Tuggers” reformed this week in a bid to pull for victory in the annual tug of war competition that marks the beginning of the Twickenham Festival. As it was our second year competing, we took it extra seriously and even had a training session in preparation for the event. With high levels of […]
A week has passed and the muddy puzzlers are still trying to wash the muck out of their ears! Our team of 15 willing colleagues gave everything they had throughout the 5 mile course – even when wading through mud up to their waists and jumping into pools so cold their hearts almost stopped. Across […]
It all worked out on the streets of Calcutta
We are proud of our history at Professor Puzzle and love the opportunity to tell our story, so when The Times got in touch and asked to feature Ben Meldrum in their Sunday edition of ‘How I Made It’, we could hardly keep our mouths shut! Read the full article by Laura Onita here: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/it-all-worked-out-on-the-streets-of-calcutta-ssxwnh9tv […]
The Muddy Puzzlers are still training hard, striving to reach peak fitness in time to challenge both their physical strength and mental toughness with the Tough Mudder course in Henley on 29th April! The Professor Puzzle crew – consisting of everyone from our super-fit gym bunnies down to our more irregular sports participators(!) – have […]
Matchstick Mathematics
Enjoy a little matchstick maths whilst sipping your morning macchiato! You might find the first solution fairly easily but the second requires more lateral-thinking. Can you find them both?   Click here for the solution
World Book Day at The Puzzle Academy
Who says World Book Day is just for kids? Channeling everything from Where’s Wally to Mary Poppins; 101 Dalmatians to Dracula and Fifty Shades to Harry Potter, we enthusiastically embraced the dressing up and raised some funds for Book Aid and for our chosen charity Campbellinas which supports Leeds Neonatal Unit. The ‘best-dressed’ award went […]
The Sunday Times SME Export 100 names Professor Puzzle in the top 50
Hot off the heels of our listing in the Sunday Times Fast Track 100 in December, we’re hitting the headlines again! This time it’s in recognition of our growth in international sales. We are delighted to announce that Professor Puzzle has been placed at number 49 in the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100, […]
Fair Fever!
Atlanta, Toronto, Nuremburg, New York, Birmingham and back to New York…what can we say…we’ve certainly been busy! Armed with our newly designed stand, boxes of freshly printed catalogues and the odd brainteaser or two, we had a whale of a time meeting with customers, new and old! This is the first time we’ve showcased our […]
Car Park Challenge
This clever little logic puzzle comes from a primary school exam in Hong Kong. Whilst most six-year old’s will crack it in under six seconds, adults often struggle to solve it at all! Can you? Click here for the solution
Our brand new 2017 catalogue is available now!
Our brand new catalogue has arrived and is ready for your enjoyment! Featuring all our best loved classics plus five exciting new ranges, there’s something for everyone, from seasoned puzzlers to those who like to try the odd teaser to check their brain cells are still functioning! New for 2017 includes our Intergalactic range; Puzzle […]
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The Puzzle Academy
The end of 2016 sees us wave goodbye to our Shepperton offices and complete the move to our new Puzzle HQ in Twickenham. We can’t wait to enjoy the extra space and sample the many coffee shops Twickenham has to offer (and there really are a lot!). Our new address details are: The Puzzle Academy, […]
Gift of the Year Finalist
We’re popping open the Prosecco here at Professor Puzzle as we celebrate being a finalist in the ‘Commemorative and Collectible’ category for Gift of the Year 2017. Our Einstein House Riddle features in our exciting new Einstein range, which will be available to buy from June 2017. The range is designed for true puzzle lovers, […]
Professor Puzzle – BGP business is officially amongst the faster growers
Don’t just take our word for it – read this article from the well-renowned Cranfield Business School! Peter Swanson writes… This week the 2016 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 was announced, with one of our BGP Alumni coming in at number 39 for the fastest growing privately owned British businesses. Ben Meldrum learnt how to make traditional […]
Professor Puzzle claims coveted spot in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100!
We are delighted to announce that Professor Puzzle has been placed at number 39 in the 20th anniversary edition of the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, to be published in the Business section of the Sunday Times on the 4th December. The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table ranks Britain’s 100 private […]
Brunel University London’s Industrial Review Night
It was fantastic to support our fellow STEM enthusiasts and puzzle-heads at Brunel University’s Industrial Review Night yesterday evening. Our Product Development team are working with a Brunel student – Charlie Munroe – on a collaborative brief for our range of STEM products. Last night was the first review evening where final year students present their […]
International Coffee Day Brainteaser
Nectar Small Business of the Year Awards
We’re incredibly excited to have been shortlisted for ‘Small Business of the Year’ in the 2016 Nectar Small Business Awards. To be able to say that our business is one of the top six small businesses in the UK is a huge achievement and awesome recognition for our incredibly hard-working team. In order to beat […]
Puzzle Punters
One Dragon Boat…check. 16 willing rowers and one drummer…check. Bright sunshine and yummy picnic…check. If only we’d remembered the suntan lotion too! Sunday proved to be a brilliant day of messing about on the river for our tireless Puzzle Punters. The team rowed valiantly up the Thames in their quest to be crowned the champions […]
Nominations for Gift of the Year 2017
We had a great few days at Harrogate this week, and came away as the proud owners of four Gift of the Year 2017 nominations! The products in the limelight were our Six in One Games Compendium; Houdini’s Lock; Batman Metal Earth and the Mini Golf from our Great Garden Games Co. range.
Puzzle Tuggers
What better way to spend a sunny Friday evening than testing your team strength against other suitably rugged outfits at the Twickenham Festival Tug Of War? Our Puzzle Tuggers put their best feet forward and their bodies on the line in a stupendous effort to win at least one bout against some incredibly seasoned opposition! […]
We’re celebrating our Gift of the Year Award!
Winning the Gift of the Year is the Emperor of all Achievements, and honoured we are to receive such recognition within the Branded/Character category. We always knew the force was strong with these Star Wars metal earth model kits and it Luke’s like we aren’t the only ones to think so! Follow us to the […]
London: A great place to do business
When we wrote to the Evening Standard pitching what makes us, as a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), worth doing business with, we didn’t imagine we would ever be chosen as one of the top four organisations to sum up London’s entrepreneurial culture. Not with the vast amounts of impressive competition that exists. However, we […]
Cracking the puzzle of business success
Moving our production to China was a huge step for us, but there is no doubt it facilitated and propelled our growth both domestically and internationally. The Times has picked up our journey – from a market stall, to a small factory in Surrey, to manufacturing our products in Chinese factories – as a compelling story of […]
Is it time you set your small firm’s sights overseas?
This is Money.co.uk has been looking into the ever-changing European market and how the blustery outlook shouldn’t discourage UK companies from exporting. As a small business who has been exporting since 2004, Professor Puzzle became a key focus of the article. Read the full piece by Amy Andrew here: http://www.thisismoney.co.uk/money/smallbusiness/article-2326150/Professor-Puzzle-I-turned-puzzles-1-5m-business-selling-abroad-helped-boom.html