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Kick Yourself Puzzles (Puzzle Books) [Paperback]

Paul Sloane and Des MacHale
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Book Description

7 July 2013 Puzzle Books
This book will have you kicking yourself, slapping your forehead, and laughing out loud, not necessarily in that order. Filled with little teasers that have trick answers, this is one book of puzzles that will amuse as well as confuse. For instance: What was the name of the president in 2000? No, not Bill Clinton--the answer is Barack Obama, the current president, who in 2000 had the same name he does today! [insert facepalm here]

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (7 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402799101
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402799105
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 14 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Sloane was born in Scotland. He studied engineering at Cambridge University and works in software marketing. His first book, Lateral Thinking Puzzlers, was published by Sterling in 1991 and has gone on to become a bestseller. Des MacHale was born in County Mayo, Ireland, and is Associate Professor of Mathematics at University College in Cork. He and his wife, Anne, have five children. He is the author of over 40 books, including one on the John Ford cult film The Quiet Man and another on George Boole of Boolean algebra fame.

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4.0 out of 5 stars KICK YOURSELF PUZZLES 12 Jan 2013
By Chead
This little book is a cracker. It gets you thinking outside the box. It is entertaining and a great resource for parties, ice breaker ideas or Christmas crackers. Learn a few of your favorite puzzles from the book to bemuse your family and friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun and head scratchingly puzzling 24 Feb 2013
By RalphV
There are many ways to use this book, from confusing elderly relatives to exasperating your spouse while pretending you knew the answers all along. It provides great 'ice breaker' material too for workshops or team meetings and is also a lot of fun to simply dip into to keep your brain sharp. A great gift for dinner party hosts so you can attempt some of them after a couple of bottles of the finest red....guaranteed fun and laughter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wally Galore 27 April 2013
By PuzzleMAT - Published on Amazon.com
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The two famous Lateral Puzzle authors have something different for 2013. Those of you who bought enough of their Lateral Puzzle books will be familiar with the Wally Tests. The Wally Test fires about 10 quick questions at the reader and you have to come up with the correct tricky answer. The solution is always obvious but because we tend to overthink the simplest things, the answers aren't always clear at first glance. Expect silly, nasty, and illogical answers because that's the whole point!

Here are 3 random examples from the book:

1. If you fell into the sea, would you rather be nearly-drowned or nearly-saved?
2. Why do Chinese men eat more rice than the Japanese men?
3. Why did Beethoven never finish the Unfinished Symphony?

The usual Sloane-Des MacHale book has about a couple of Wally Tests mixed in with the series of Lateral Puzzles. Kick Yourself Puzzles contains nothing but Wally Test-style questions. 290 questions in all. Some of these are repeats from their previous Lateral Puzzles book but it's always nice to have such a great compilation. By the time you finish the 290 questions in the book, your forehead will be bright red from constant slapping.
Answers:
1. You'd rather be nearly-drowned. Nearly-saved means that you drowned.
2. There are more Chinese men than Japanese men
3. The Unfinished Symphony was composed by Schubert.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it! 23 Jan 2013
By BigAppleReader - Published on Amazon.com
This book does exactly what it says. Puzzle after puzzle you will literally be kicking yourself. A page turner that is both challenging and fun. Sloane and MacHale do not fail to entertain!
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