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1.0 out of 5 stars Interesting -- but very American, 1 Dec 2010
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Rowena Hoseason "Hooligween" (Kernow, Great Britain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: 365 Brain Puzzlers Page-A-Day Calendar: An Official Mensa Calendar (Calendar)
This is a desktop or wall-mounted calendar, of the tear-off type with a page per day. Like others of its type the 'Brain Puzzlers' calendar isn't the sort you'd use for long-term planning or managing your workload during a week. It's not a planner or activity diary -- instead it gives a quiz question for each day of the week. I really like these forms of calendars because they tend to make us stop and think for a couple of moments -- normally early in the day, over the first cup of coffee!
However, this one suffers quite a bit from being very American. Normally, the info is international and applicable to most countries. But in this case it really doesn't transfer well. The trivia and puzzles relate to mainly American history, geography and so on. Plus it doesn't contain info about UK holidays and dates.
There are also no glossy illustrations or pretty pictures; these calendars focus on the text, so if it isn't relevant then there really isn't much point in turning over each page to find a new day.

So the best you could do with this calendar is give it an American friend! It's not going to be very useful or enjoyable for the average Brit.
4/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great but not perfect, 8 Jun 2011
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Becky Lake "Blue William" (Greece) - See all my reviews
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Great puzzles, much more challenging that other puzzle calendars we've had, and thankfully with far less frequent repeats of puzzle types. We would have given it 5 stars, but find two irritations: first, many of the questions focus on the US, names of US Presidents, State Capitals etc. By definition, shouldn't Mensa-level, or wannabe Mensa-level, people be able to think a little more broadly than just the States? (The 2011 version that we received did have info on UK holidays etc.) More annoying: it's plain sexist!, many puzzles inexplicably featuring far more men than women. A recent question about actors - an occupation where the sexes are balanced, surely? - featured solely men. (Although, maybe there'sl a question about only female actors on a future day?) Then, in other puzzles "Polly goes shopping" (because, presumably, this is What Girls Do?!) whereas men go running/cycling (maybe when their girls are doing their shopping?!) It's quite irritating.
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