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.
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.