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The Merlin Mystery: The Secret Lies Inside.... Hardcover – 7 Sep 1998

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Voyager; 1st edition (7 Sept. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002246759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002246750
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 20.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 813,385 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Can you find Merlin's wand? If you can, you'll be richly rewarded. The Merlin Mystery rekindles the fervour that swept readers of Masquerade in the 1980s by offering an intricately detailed, bejewelled wand and a substantial cash prize to the first person to solve the Alchemist's Spell. Lavishly illustrated with elaborate paintings and symbols, The Merlin Mystery wraps its intricate, MENSA-certified puzzle in a story of the great wizard Merlin and his lover, the water sprite Nimue, who fight a dark sorcerer in magical settings. From glittering caves to magic cottages, the Arthurian cast of characters, which includes an owl, a cat and a talking crystal ball, seek the Pendragon Alchemy. But they can't find it without putting all the clues together... that's where you come in! It's possible that this puzzle will be solved by some expert logician somewhere, but it's equally likely to be solved by a clever, persistent kid without adult blinders on. Either way, The Merlin Mystery has a distinct advantage over Masquerade: once you solve the puzzle, you mail in your answer rather than digging up the countryside. There's also a companion CD, with new-age Celtic music to get you in the mood for some serious deductive work.


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“The Merlin Mystery must be considered one of the most challenging puzzles since the Enigma project of World War II. I think it’s quite brilliant – an elaborately constructed but ultimately solvable puzzle which will give millions of people great fun, frustration and a sense of achievement. But it’s going to take a long time for anyone to solve it – it’s fiendish!”
David Chatten

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Oct. 2000
Format: Hardcover
On the one hand this is a romantic and mystical story, about Merlin and Nimue. On the other hand this is a pain in the bum puzzle! There is a serious web community... all devoted to solving this (even though there can only be one winner! (and it has to be solved by december 2001)) I also think this book has lasting appeal, the story is lovely to re-read and the artwork is incredable.
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