How to Solve Rebus Puzzles
by Parker Lewis
Each rebus puzzle consists of a category, the answer boxes, and a series of picture clues. The category gives a vague hint to what sort of answer you are looking for (person, phrase, thing etc.). The answer boxes give the enumeration for the word or words in the answer - one letter per box. The picture clues are the meat of the puzzle. Each picture represents a sound, and in sequence, the sounds combine to form the correct answer.
Here’s a sample to give you a better idea:
Since the category is a title, the answer could be a movie, a book, a TV show, etc. To solve the puzzle, first figure out what each picture represents.
The first picture is exactly what it says: The. The next image can be interpreted in a few different ways - it is up to you to determine which interpretation is correct. Are those guns? Rifles? Muskets? Do you need to factor in the number of objects? Three guns? The final image also has several interpretations. Corn? Ears? Maize? Cobs?
The trick to solving these rebus puzzles is figuring out which combination results in a legitimate phrase that fits the enumeration and the category. The guns corns? The rifles maize? The three rifle cobs? The three musket ears? Aha! The Three Musketeers!
The puzzles are colorful, but the colors themselves are not clueful. A dog that’s colored blue could represent dog or pet or pooch, but not blue or blue dog. Sometimes, a color might draw your attention to one part or another of a picture.
Each puzzle should be read from top to bottom, left to right.
The sounds indicated by the pictures are not always direct homophones for the answer. For example, the images of LLL, a boy, and a chin could combine together to make Hell’s Kitchen even though the sounds aren’t quite exact.
There are a couple symbols used in several different puzzles:
If you get stuck, don’t forget you can get hints by tapping on the light bulb icon. You have the option to reveal a letter or answer and also to clear out any errors. It’s not cheating to ask for a hint — the goal is to have fun, so if asking for a hint increases your enjoyment, feel free.
Our Puzzle Books Buy Gift Certificates
Our World-Class Authors
How to Solve Puzzles
Our exclusive, award-winning TouchWrite™ handwriting recognition
Special features: Puzzles Live 2013 100th Anniversary of the Crossword
Solve the NYT Daily Crossword in the free Puzzazz app for iOS
View the leaderboard for the current NYT Crossword by Jeff Chen
Get the puzzle of the day: RSS Feed Daily Emails
About Us Contact Us Support FAQ News Our Blog Read the Buzz about Puzzazz
Your account Redeem a coupon or special offer