Will Shortz Presents Tame Kenken: 200 Easy Logic Puzzles That Make You Smarter Paperback – 15 Sep 2009
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From the Back Cover
Sudoku: One of life's simple pleasures
Sudoku has taken America by storm! Puzzled by the wordless crossword puzzle? Try one or two of these simple, easy-to-solve sudoku and you'll discover what millions of fans already know: There's nothing as fun as sudoku!
. 100 all-new simple sudoku
. Edited by legendary "New York Times" crossword editor and "America's puzzlemaster" Will Shortz
. Big grids with lots of space for easy solving"
About the Author
TETSUYA MIYAMOTO, the creator of KenKen, is a math teacher who runs a unique mathematics class for grade school children in Japan where he practices "The Art of Teaching Without Teaching." His teaching method and use of KenKen in his classroom has proven extremely successful. His students regularly go on to be accepted at the most prestigious schools in Tokyo.
WILL SHORTZ has been the crossword puzzle editor of "The New York Times" since 1993. He is also the puzzlemaster on NPR's "Weekend Edition Sunday" and is founder and director of the annual American Crossword Puzzle Tournament. He has edited countless books of crossword puzzles, Sudoku, KenKen, and all manner of brain-busters.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a VERY tame collection of puzzles, only for those completely new to these puzzles or, possibly, young children, for whom this book would be a brilliant starting place.
Many of the puzzles are as small as 4 by 4, and, incredibly, 3 by 3. Only 30 are a mid-size 6 by 6.
My mother, new to these puzzles did all 200 puzzles in a week.
So, there you go, if that's what you want from a KenKen puzzle book.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Size of the book is just like a paperback book, so very easy to handle. The grid boxes are also very big, which allows you to make little notations in the grid to help you solve the puzzle. In my opinion, this is easily the perfect book for beginners. It is priced at $8.99 for 200 puzzles and the entire volume is considered "easy". The other beginner books I browsed through are also about the same price but for only 100 puzzles, or they're easy-to-hard puzzles, so it doesn't really give you enough easy puzzles to keep you satisfied.
Many of the puzzles can be solved instantaneously. In case you get stuck, you can make a note of the possibilities that can occur within a cell.