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Will Shortz Presents Ferocious KenKen: 200 Challenging Logic Puzzles That Make You Smarter [Paperback]

Tetsuya Miyamoto , Will Shortz
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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Griffin (15 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312595611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312595616
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 12.9 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 446,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Step Up for KenKen Fans! 4 Jan 2010
Format:Paperback
I received this book today.

I haven't managed to do many puzzles yet, whilst the few few puzzles were not that difficult (but I'm a relatively experienced solver), they rapidly get harder and it is clear that this book does present a step up from the Times series of KenKen puzzle books; most of the puzzles in the book are larger than the 6 by 6 standard size, in fact there are only 29 6x6 and the puzzles increase to the mind-boggling 9x9 puzzles. (I'm beginning to regret I didn't opt for the 'Wild' (Medium Level) edition in the same series of books!)

For all those reviewers clamouring for harder and larger puzzles, I think this might be the book for you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted puzzles 17 Jun 2010
By king
Format:Paperback
Whether composed by hand (as I suspect), or by an extremely clever piece of software, these puzzles are rather satisfying to solve, with frequent little numeric insights. I've not found them overly difficult - suitable for a leisurely cup of coffee. As grids get larger, of course there's more chance of making an error - I've found the 8x8 grids more prone to this (and more difficult) than the 9x9 for some reason, and it pays not to rush.

On the minus side, the paper they're printed on is not as good as that used by the Times, although it is (just) good enough. The claim to 'make you smarter' also irks - either you enjoy this sort of puzzle or you don't, and that's all there is to it.

I've completed about half of each grid size in the book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last some hard puzzles! 4 Aug 2010
By Vicky
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Like other reviewers I was looking for something harder than The Times Ken Ken series and this lived up to expectation. Don't be fooled by the first section which is quite easy, there are definitely some tricky ones later as the grids get larger. As another reviewer said, it pays to take your time as there are sometimes several combinations that make up an answer, and if you go wrong (as I did several times) you get stuck and have to resort to peeking at the solution section! Alternatively tippex everything out and start again.

I particularly like the use of all 4 arithmetical signs in the puzzles, rather than just + and -.

The main problem for those who have worked through this book is what next? I do other puzzles such as sudoku and kakuro but like Ken Ken best. Come on Will Shortz - please give us more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars KenKen for everyone 11 Nov 2013
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We used to fight to get hold of the KenKen in the Times each weekend. Now we have plenty to share between everyone - adults and teenagers.
The puzzles start off with easy 6X6 then become more difficult, then easy 7x7 gradually becoming harder, then 8x8. We are now working on the 9x9.
A great distraction from other things we should be doing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pencil Required 12 Jan 2010
By T. Sterling - Published on Amazon.com
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Very challenging puzzles. Not for the beginner. The smaller puzzles take some time, and the larger puzzles quite a bit of time to solve.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and challenging 31 Jan 2010
By B. Brock - Published on Amazon.com
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Having discovered Ken Ken puzzles a couple of years ago, I'm hooked. I'm not a beginner, so it's nice to have lots of challenging puzzles that keep my brain working overtime.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Ferocious" - good name! 28 Jun 2010
By Eugene Edelstein - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I'm still working my way through this book; I'm on the 7x7s, and some of those have required starting over. So I expect the 8x8s and 9x9s to be very difficult, and very enjoyable.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars difficulty is over-rated 8 Dec 2011
By don_in_montana - Published on Amazon.com
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If you're good at kenken, you will find that these are definitely not "ferocious". Many of them can be done just about as fast as you can write down the numbers. There were only a handful that had me stumped for any length of time. But good puzzles, nonetheless.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whoa, I've been able to solve .... three. 18 April 2011
By Debbie Eidelman - Published on Amazon.com
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So far I've solved #s 1, 5, and 7. I consider myself advance. I can do 9X9 and I try not to use hints when solving, even with 9s, and depending on the puzzle I can keep the numbers straight without hints. I've been playing KenKen for about two years now. This book is going to last a while. Just know going in that it's going to be HARD. They meant the Ferocious part. This is going to be challenging even for advanced players.
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