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Masters Kakuro: 172 Challenging Puzzles (Kakuro) [Paperback]

Jim Bumgardner
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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30 Sep 2006 Kakuro
High-level game players joining the kakuro craze will learn the logic, understand the math, develop solving methods, and even devise some tricks of their own. And thanks to "Masters Kakuro, " they can continue to challenge themselves with increasingly difficult puzzles. Ranging from difficult to very difficult to insanely difficult, "Masters Kakuro's" 172 puzzles comprise the most challenging collection in any book. The puzzles have large grids and extensive cross-sections that thwart simple trial-and-error players with endless combinations. Yet every puzzle in "Masters Kakuro" has only one correct solution that can be determined with superior logic and excellent gaming strategy.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press (30 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569755531
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569755532
  • Product Dimensions: 1.7 x 12.2 x 20.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,286,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A great collection of challenging (for me anyway) puzzles. Some of the later ones can take over an hour. Only small criticism is that they all have a very simlar style and require the same logic to complete. Perhaps some more variation in size would be good as well
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great puzzles but impossible to read 19 Aug 2006
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book has puzzles difficult enough to be challenging without having to resort to looking up the answers. BUT! The numbers are small, skinny, and white, on a medium gray background and very hard to read. As with most kakuro books, the puzzles are way too small. Enlarge 40% and darken the background, and you're set to go. To me, it has been worth it due to the quality of the puzzles.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 11 Oct 2007
By Mark Franklin - Published on Amazon.com
Not a bad collection of puzzles, but as a previous reviewer said, the puzzles are very difficult to read. Mensa Kakuro is much better if you're looking for tough puzzles - better puzzles and easier to read. The Everything Kakuro Challenge Book by Timmerman is the best collection, the best puzzles I've ever done. All of them are on par with the best Dell Cross Sums, which I've been doing for over 25 years,
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very satisfying collection of puzzles 8 April 2007
By Call Me Ludwig - Published on Amazon.com
I had little difficulty reading the puzzles (per the previous reviewer), and found the puzzles themselves large enough to easily work with (compared to many others). They range from difficult to nearly impossible, but somehow I managed to make my way through the entire collection. Overall, I found the puzzles fully enjoyable; this was a collection I always enjoyed pulling out for some mental gymnastics. I wish Bumgardner would come out with a Volume II, as he has a good sense of Kakuro style--puzzles that make you think, but not necessarily (compared with, say, the Dell collections) make you have to work more than think.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Fantastic 19 Nov 2008
By Dorothy Parker - Published on Amazon.com
This book of puzzles is very difficult. Where the difficulty lies with the solving itself, that's fun. Where the difficulty lies with deciphering what the puny, pale numbers are, then, not so fun. Work the puzzles under very good lighting and bring a magnifying glass.
5.0 out of 5 stars Kakuro fans rejoice 16 Dec 2008
By Lonley Shopper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Those addicted to Kakuro will enjoy this puzzle book.
Fun and just hard enough to be challenging.
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