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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph (20 Oct. 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718185544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718185541
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.1 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A fiendish work, as frustrating, divisive and annoying as it is deeply fulfilling: the true spirit of Christmas (Guardian)

Surely the trickiest puzzle book in years. Crack these fiendish problems and Trivial Pursuit should be a doddle (Daily Telegraph)

Ideal for the crossword enthusiast (Daily Telegraph)

Pit your wits against the people who cracked Enigma in the official puzzle book from Britain's secretive intelligence organisation, GCHQ. (from the publisher's description)

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Pit your wits against the people who cracked Enigma in the official puzzle book from Britain's secretive intelligence organisation, GCHQ. (from the publisher's description)

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I think that few books have had as much care and attention spent on them in their creation. The first thing about this is that it is accessible to just about anyone, from age 11 upwards. It contains a wider range of types of puzzle than I had realised existed, but as part of the flow through the book you are helped and led into each type, to enable you to succeed. The overall effect of using this book will be to extend how you think and how you analyse problems, which can only be for the good. And if you're really good, it may turn out that GCHQ will want you, who knows?
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Huge range of puzzles in a well presented book. Brilliant.
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If you like puzzles then I would highly recommend this book which is full of wonderful puzzles that are both very complex but also doable. On top of this it is a wonderful book that has been well made and put together. All in all I would highly recommend either as a gift or a little treat for yourself.
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Perfect for all lovers of mind bashing puzzles, some you will just work out right away because you just see it others take time and are a lot more complicated. But the great thing is this will not be the same for everyone your friend or relative will look at one you have been trying to work out for ages and just see it immediately. It will take a while to work through but if like me you fancy yourself as a bit of a code breaker who could turn into a secret service agent at any time (laughs loudly) this is the fun book for you.
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I bought this as a present for my Father-in-law who loves tricky puzzles. He normally finds puzzles quite easy and not very satisfying so it is hard to find anything that challenges him. However, these have done the trick! He has really loved this book so far. His only recommendation is that you do need to have some scrap paper and pencil to hand to do them - you can't just manage with the book. A very successful present for a difficult-to-buy-for man.
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Terrific collection ranging from the relatively simple to the utterly fiendish. Guaranteed to baffle even the most dedicated solvers. An easy 5 stars, and I really hope they do another one next year!
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I like puzzles and write them and have a website for them. I wouldnt call myself a great solver of puzzles but decent enough yet the puzzles in this book are just so hard, they are also very samey. I got bored very quickly.
Unless you are a top puzzle solver I suggest that you may find these puzzles too difficult, now go solve them all and prove me wrong!
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A great book of puzzles, not that one needs puzzles that intimidate, but it's fun to give them a couple of hours before looking up the answers.

I suggest this book to "ground" anyone smart enough to like complex puzzles, as well as to anyone that enjoys encryption. Fantastic of GCHQ to produce this book, thanks!
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