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The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers Paperback

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I have been interested in puzzles of all kinds since a youth, over 60 years ago. I have hundreds of puzzles and over 600 books of puzzles and Mathematical Recreations. I just obtained The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers a couple of weeks ago, and even though I haven’t done all the puzzles–yet; I have no hesitation in saying that it is one of the best I’ve ever seen. What makes a puzzle book stand out above the plethora of those that have been published is that it should have a wide variety of puzzles, and there should [Read More...]

 
 
 

The Great Book of Math Teasers Paperback

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The Great Book of Math Teaser is a good little book of puzzles. However, the title is somewhat misleading. It is hardly “Great”. It has only 96 pages and there are only 81 puzzles in the book and not all the puzzles involve math, in fact some are what you would call magic tricks, screw or cog puzzles, river crossing problems, dice puzzles, matchstick puzzles etc. In other words a good variety of puzzles. However, they are all mind teasers of one type or another; and will entertain and challenge anyone who likes puzzles. Generally speaking this collection [Read More...]

 
 
 

The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions Paperback

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The Ultimate Book of Optical Illusions is another excellent book of Optical Illusions by a most prolific author of Optical Illusions. If you enjoy these Tromp L’Oeil’s, Impossible Figures, Hidden Pictures ,Topsy-Turvy, Imponderables, or whatever you wish to call then; you’ll find this an impressive collection of 355 of them .They are very well printed, mostly in color, except some of the very old ones or those better done in B&W. It is a fairly large book and the illusions are printed one per page. There are captions on each, but only [Read More...]

 
 
 

The Playful Brain: The Surprising Science of How Puzzles Improve Your Mind (Hardcover)

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I have been a fan of puzzles of many kinds for about 65 years; and have somewhere around 700 puzzle and Mathematical Recreation books in my library; along with hundreds of hand held or mechanical puzzles. I have no idea of how many hours I’ve spent enjoying puzzles, why I like them so much, or why I like some types of puzzles more than others. The Playful Brain is the first book I’ve come across that delves deeply into the various types of puzzles and the parts of the brain that become involved in solving [Read More...]

 
 
 

Secrets of the Maze

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Secrets of the Maze is a great book for anyone interested in mazes or puzzles of any kind. Mazes can be found throughout the numerous books on puzzles but also throughout the worlds of art, architecture, history and literature. This book covers a bit of everything from the history that shows mazes appear as far back as 3,600 BC. It’s likely that one would find them in any writings, drawings or art in any civilization, religions or structures from the days man first took a tool in his hand. They vary from the simplest [Read More...]

 
 
 

The Big Book of Brain Games

The Big Book of Brain Games

The Big Book of Brain Games is sure to become one of the great puzzle books. I have been interested in puzzles for many years and have a collection of over 350 “puzzle books” I have no hesitation in ranking this book right up there with “Cyclopedia of Puzzles” by Sam Loyd, “The Moscow Puzzles” by Boris Kordemsky” and “536 Puzzles & Curious Problems” by H.E.Dudeney. Each in it’s own way; Loyd’s was an innovation and a classic in it’s time, Dudeney’s and Kordemsky’s were very traditional with great variety. Moscovich gives [Read More...]

 
 
 

The 15 Puzzle

The 15 Puzzle

Whenever you see Jerry Slocum and any of his associates, in this case Dic Sonneveld, involved in something; you can count on it being First Class. This new book, The 15 Puzzle book, is simply delightful for any puzzle lover. They take one of the most common of all puzzles, The 15 Puzzle, and show that it has a background that arguably makes it the most popular puzzle craze of all time. The book is a great read, filled with everything about the puzzle; from its creation, and how it took the whole world by storm. Much of [Read More...]

 
 
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