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Serhiy Grabarchuk, Peter Grabarchuk and Serhiy Grabarchuk Jr. live in the Ukraine and share a family talent for visualisation that is unparalleled.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Over 500 puzzles I haven't seen before 13 Sep 2011
By Ed Pegg Jr - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I run a site called mathpuzzle, I have about a thousand puzzle books, and I follow a lot of puzzle sites. Often, when I get a puzzle book, I'm hoping to get at least a handful of puzzle types I haven't seen before.

This book has hundreds of puzzles completely new to me. Every page is loaded with fantastic, colorful puzzles, and full answers for each puzzle are in the back.

If I had to pick one puzzle book to recommend to anyone, it would be this one. This is the best puzzle book I've seen in the past 5 years.

Some sample puzzles (but without the lovely graphics):
#162: On a standard QWERTY keyboard, find 3 consecutive letters that make an acute triangle.
#181: An 8 slice pizza was eaten by 4 people. No-one ate more than the other 3 combined, and everyone had a different number of slices. How many did each person eat?
#384: A 24-hour clock shows the time 01:23, where the digits are in an increasing arithmetic progression. In this case, they increasing with constant of 1. How many times in 24 hours will this property be seen?

Highly recommended.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Puzzle Books Published. Ever! 8 Oct 2011
By C. Altay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Nearly all puzzle books out there are merely compilations of past works or overused classics. Rarely comes a collection of original puzzles that really "puzzles" at the same time. Well, this is it.

Here is the Grabarchuk Family at their best: Original visual puzzles with beautiful graphics. And the book is executed exceptionally well. Solutions are detailed and equally beautiful, if not more so. At the back of the book, there are tiles, boards and pieces to be cut out for the 70 or so manipulative puzzles.

567 delightful puzzles at this price is simply too much. 6 out of 5 stars!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Fun for a Low Price / Food for Brain Health 11 Sep 2011
By Daniel Rodrigues - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Logical reasoning and creative thinking may be fun! This book has 240 pages printed in color with outstanding quality. Inside you will find 567 amazing geometrical and visual puzzles, appealing to novices and experts. Of course, the solutions are included. Without doubt, dissection and matchstick puzzles are among my favorites. By the way, I also have three more books written by the Grabarchuck Family: 1) The New Puzzle Classics, 2) Modern Classic Puzzles and 3) The Simple Book of Not so Simple Puzzles (this is the most expensive but worths the money because is very challenging). I am a professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, School of Fine Arts, and recommend "The Big Big Book of Brainteasers" for both kids and adults.
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If you're looking for a fantastic book of puzzles--you've found it! 22 Jan 2012
By J. Guild - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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 this book 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 be puzzles of varying difficulty ,so that it entertains and challenges those who are novices as well as experts.This book does that "In Spades"!
This book impresses me so much ,I hardly know where to start with my comments,but here goes...
First of all is the quality of construction,excellence in paper,binding,printing color rendition,and ease of use.It is a large book and lies open quite well for its size.The price of this book is amazingly low when you consider the cost that must go into manufacturing a book like this,let alone its content.Just think about it,two cheap magazines will cost you as much as this excellent volume.The publishers are to be congratulated.A book as well made as this will often cost over twice as much,and still be worth every penny.
As to the puzzles themselves;that is where this book really shines.The puzzles cover a wide variety,are very clearly described,with great illustrations,and detailed solutions given for every puzzle ,again, as well detailed and illustrated as I have ever seen.
There are 567 puzzles ,and they are presented in such a way that as you finish one page or puzzle,you look forward to seeing "what's next".It is quite possible that some types of puzzles will be more to your liking than others,but that is no problem,you can simply pass on some and/ or come back to them later.You will find some puzzles will require more time and creativity to solve,while others are real "Quickies"
I'd also like to comment on some types of puzzles you'll find.
I have always enjoyed Tangrams,one of the world's oldest and favorite puzzles,The Grabarchuk's have presented Tangrams with a different twist.They give us a mosaic made up of many tangram shaped pieces of several colors.The challenge here is to find a Tangram figure "hidden" in the mosaic.This is a very novel approach with a very old and favorite puzzle.The Grabarchuck's have also taken another one of my favorite puzzle types,Matchstick Puzzles";and given several interesting challenges,some simple and some very imaginative.If you are familiar with sliding block puzzles such as "The 15 Puzzle"or "Rush Hour" and many others,wait till you see what is in store for you.Again,some of these are very challenging.Another favorite puzzle has been given some new twists.These are geometric figures where the challenge is to trace the figure without taking your pencil off the paper or passing over any section of the outline twice.There is a secret to find here.When you discover that secret,you can quickly tell if it is possible or not;and even where to start and finish.This little secret is your's to discover,and not disclosed in the solutions.There are also quite a few dissection and pentomino types of puzzles,again with the Grabarchuk's putting a different twist on them.Then there is a type of puzzles that I've not seen before which are best described as "Totem Pole" puzzles (253 or 428) where a stack of shaped objects of two colors age given and the challenge is to determine which color has the greater volume;again very original.This is by no means a complete description of all the types of puzzles,but just a brief description of a few.Well,I hope this gives you an idea of the great varirty of puzzles and puzzle types in the book,some are somewhat familiar,others not,but all fun and challenging.
A couple of other comments.Because many of the puzzles require moving and/or folding pieces,there are 26 pages at the back of the book where the necessary pieces can be cut out.If you are inclined to make up physical puzzles with wood,plastic or other materials;you will find many that you can make,25,115,110 or other tile pyzzles,186,231,309,453,359,etc.
In summary,this puzzle book is as good as they get,will entertain novices as well as long time puzzle enthusiasts for many hours.I might also add,that books like this are real "labors of love" by creators of puzzles,and often disappear from the market quite quickly and can be difficult to find later on,and many don't get reprinted again;and those that get them tend to hold on to them,like I do.So,if you like puzzles ,don't pass this one up.
Enthusiastic thumbs up 11 Nov 2012
By Jeffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is simple, elegant, bursting with creativity, and visually stunning. It is a perfect choice for any fan of geometric or logical puzzles.
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