This is a great little book of 100 puzzles. It will challenge anyone from 10 to 100.It is small and will fit into your pocket and be ready to fill some idle time. While these little puzzles look simple; looks are often deceiving.
Here are a few examples:
1 3 5 7 8 _ _
What are the next two numbers in this logical sequence?
What do the words above have in common?
All the above words have something in common. What is it?
9 and 10.The series lists only [Read More...]
I picked this up as one of a set of three. The others are “Quotable Quotes” and “Life in these United States.”; packaged as “Quips, Quotes, and Quizzes”. This book is a set of 50 lists of words to test your knowledge. This has been a long time feature of Reader’s Digest. As an Engineer, who considers his “word knowledge” rather minimal, this book was very enjoyable. Each list has 20 words with 4 meanings to choose from. My scores ranged from 12 to 17, and rated as excellent. These little tests made me feel pretty good, but I would hardly [Read More...]
This book has been around since 1994 and is still a lot of fun. These 3-D images seem to have reached their peak in the early 90′s ;as far as I know anyway. I particularly enjoyed the Forward. Tom Baccei talks about their resident wizard. “Some say that although his bulb seems good, his filament is short a few twists.” In the words of Wizzy “Life is like a single beautiful butterfly in a gentle swirling snowstorm. When you find your own center, you’ll find the butterfly. Then you can hop on and go on a ride forever.” When you’ve found [Read More...]
I have been a fan of these 3D Illusions for several years. I recently came across this book, and even though it was published back in 1994,it is as good as any I’ve seen. If you like these images ,this book is sure to please you.
This book can be bought from Amazon.
When I first came across The Ultimate Maze Book, I expected to pick it up and after opening it, would feel disappointed. For some reason I expected it would fall short of its title of being “ultimate”; but would be sort of artsy and not really good mazes. I guess that was because I’ve been enthralled with mazes, labyrinths, puzzles and all forms of Celtic artwork for a long time and have many books on these subjects. Anyway, I picked it up, opened it, and instantly I knew I’d never seen anything like it before.
David takes mazes [Read More...]
When you see this book, you’ll wonder if there would be any sense in anyone writing another book on puzzles. Well don’t fret, there will be others, but it will be hard to beat this one. I have loved puzzles since school days, but this one blew away my mind when I found it. It’s got everything; mathematical, matchstick, construction, packing, wire puzzles, string and ball, mazes, magic squares, take apart, tangrams, sliding, and on and on. Not only are there oodles of photos of new as well as antique or collectible puzzles, but also instructions to make [Read More...]
Another wonderful work by Al Seckel and an appropriate companion to his other gem “Master’s of Detection”. See my review of it dated Dec 1, 2004.
This is a fine collection of 144 intriguing illusions. There are examples of a lot of different forms of illusions. I say a lot because there is one form which I like which is not included. That being “trompe-l’oeil” which is French for still-life deceptions, illusion, sham or camouflage. A well-known artist who excels at it is Bev Doolittle.
Al has included many of the classic illusions, of which 105 is an example from [Read More...]