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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA; Original edition (21 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373892063
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373892068
  • Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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MARCEL DANESI is a professor of anthropology at the University of Toronto. He has published extensively on puzzles, and is the author of The Puzzle Instinct, Increase Your Puzzle IQ and Sudoku: 215 Puzzles from Beginner to Expert.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris in Hampshire TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Oct. 2013
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Very good value, nicely printed and a quality puzzle book.

There is so much in it that it will keep the recipient (my husband!) quiet for ages!!
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Amazon.com: 61 reviews
97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
Best book of its kind 23 Mar. 2009
By David Roth - Published on Amazon.com
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I love math puzzles, alternative math education of every sort, and try to foist this material on my kids at every opportunity.

This is the best puzzle book I've ever seen. And don't get fooled by the silly, generic cover that looks so much like any other book.

The book organizes the puzzles into coherent types (logic, patterns, etc.), gives introductory strategies for solving, and gives a good number of practice problems of each sort.

Most importantly, the problems are actually doable, tractable, reasonable. As a lifelong puzzler, I still think most similar books are either too difficult or have absurd and non-generalizable tricks to the solutions.
28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
For people who love solving and learning about puzzles 26 Jun. 2012
By Margaret Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Admittedly, the title is a bit misleading. There is some evidence that working puzzles like these in a progressively graduated manner will help to prolong brain function. But, as the author freely admits, that connection has not been proven. Still, the author -- a Ph.D. who specializes in puzzles -- created this collection of puzzles with this hypothesis in mind. So the puzzles are organized from easier to more difficult.

The selection of puzzles themselves is excellent. Furthermore, the book provides fascinating information about the different kinds of puzzles. In this way, the book really goes beyond your usual puzzle book. Not only is it full of puzzles, it is highly informative, as well.

Another powerful aspect of this book is the obvious personal involvement of the author. He makes frequent mention of his own life; this stands out from the more common puzzles-in-a-vacuum approach. It makes for friendlier, more personal reading and solving. Recommended for any fans of puzzles.

Also check out THE Book of Word Games: Parlett's Guide to 150 Great and Quick-to-Learn Word Games. It's written by a scholar of word games. And there's also the excellent sequel to this book, Extreme Brain Workout: 500 Fun and Challenging Puzzles to Boost Your Brain Power.
34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Fun Workbook 17 Mar. 2011
By Wendy R. Polsky - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this workbook for use in speech/language therapy with patients who need a little work with language and memory. It proved to be just the right amount of challenge without being too challenging for those recovering from a mild stroke or an extended hospital stay. I would recommend it to those looking for a nicely priced puzzle book for word games/analysis, some math problems, etc.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Puzzle Book 19 May 2012
By DisneyDenizen - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is so good that I've bought four copies!!

I rather blindly bought the first copy for my puzzle-addicted fiance, hoping that I was getting a good book.

Then when I glanced through it, I liked it so much that I bought two more so that my daughter and I could work through them together.

And when my ex-husband saw those two copies lying around, he glanced through one and announced that he needed one, too! So I bought him a copy for his birthday.

Obviously, I highly recommend it.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A bit hard for me 20 Jun. 2013
By Dallasite - Published on Amazon.com
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This book started off easy enough, relaxing, but mentally invigorating. It made me use some mental faculties that were probably rusty. After the 1st chapter, however, it got ridiculous. I'm no Einstein but I'm no idiot either. These puzzles are hard and they're not what I was expecting either. I don't think we need to exercise our brains with twisting, complex concepts to keep it working properly. The author is out of my league - mentally anyway.
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