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.
Fully validated by MENSA:
“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!”