An absorbing and popular puzzle, nonogram is a form of ‘painting by numbers’. Guided by the clues, use logic to shade in certain squares in a grid to reveal pixelated pictures, which may be small or large, black-and-white or colour.

Nonogram Magazines

  • Hanjie

    A form of painting by numbers! Deduce the location of the shaded squares in each row or column to create a picture.

    every 3 issues, save 9%
  • Super Hanjie

    Create a picture based on powers of logical deduction.

    every 8 issues, save 2%

Nonogram Puzzles Guide

Nonogram: How To Solve

Each puzzle consists of a blank grid with clues to the left of every row and across the top of every column. The object is to reveal a hidden picture by shading blocks in each row and column so their length and sequence correspond to the clues, and there is at least one empty square between adjacent blocks.

Nonogram: A Potted History

Nonogram is a picture-based logic puzzle that originated in Japan in the late 1980s. A graphics editor called Non Ishida came up with a prize-winning idea to brighten the night-time cityscape of Tokyo. By switching certain lights in skyscrapers on or off, he was able to create images on the buildings. He called it Window Art.

Around the same time, a professional Japanese puzzler named Tetsuya Nishio invented a puzzle that worked on a similar principle, called Oekaki-Logic. Puzzles filtered through to several Japanese titles. In 1990, 'The Sunday Telegraph' published Non Ishida's puzzles under the name Nonograms (so named by the UK supplier James Dalgety, with a nod to Non Ishida).

The enduring popularity of this puzzle outside Japan is largely due to the persistence and enthusiasm of one man, Dave Green. He came across the puzzle on a trip to Tokyo in 1994, began to create his own puzzles with the help of a friend, Igor Lerner, and set up a company to market them.

Puzzler Media began publishing Nonogram in 1999. The puzzles appear in two magazines with a devoted fan base, under the name Hanjie, an old Japanese word meaning 'judge picture'. ‘Hanjie’ magazine features smaller puzzles that take less time to solve than the sumo-sized puzzles in ‘Super Hanjie’ which produce pictures with a great level of detail.

Also Known As

Binary Coloring Books, CrossPix, Crucipixel, Edel, FigurePic, Griddlers, Hanjie, HeroGlyphix, Illust-Logic, Japanese Crosswords, Japanse Puzzels, Kare Karala!, Logic Art, Logicolor, Logik-Puzzles, Logimage, Nemologic, Nonogramm, Nonogramme, Oekaki-Logic, Oekaki Mate, Paint By Numbers, Paint By Sudoku, Paint It Black, Paint Logic, Pic-A-Pix, Picma, Picross, Picture Logic, PrismaPixels, Pixel Puzzles, Tsunami

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