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The Riddles of the Sphinx: And the Puzzles, Word Games, Brainteasers, Conundrums, Quizzes, Mysteries, Codes and Ciphers That Have Baffled, Entert

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The story of the puzzles, brainteasers, maps, codes, and other mysteries that have entertained and confused the world over the last century

From Sudoku to crosswords, Victorian parlor games to lateral thinking, cryptograms to today's latest brainteasers, The Riddles of the Sphinx tells the little-known histories behind a host of puzzles, word games, and riddles and introduces the extraordinary geniuses, eccentrics, rivals, code crackers, and obsessives who invented them. Who would've thought that, for example, Sudoku, Japan's biggest ever puzzle craze, was actually invented by a Swiss mathematician in 1873? Or that the Times crossword helped Britain win the Second World War? Readers will also find out about the mysterious "Haberdasher's Puzzle," what Sheryl Crow has to do with cruciverbalism, how the World Puzzle Championships are blazing a trail for international relations, and how games help us think and develop. There's even an opportunity to play some devilish games and classic brainteasers, making this the ultimate book for puzzle addicts.

Synopsis:

From Sudoku to Victorian parlor games to todays latest brainteasers, this book tells the little-known histories behind a host of puzzles, word games, and riddles, and introduces the extraordinary geniuses, eccentrics, rivals, code crackers, and obsessives who invented them.

About the Author

David Bodycombe is a puzzle author and games consultant. In the United Kingdom, over two million people a day read his puzzles, and internationally his work is syndicated to over 100 newspapers.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780143112754
Subtitle:
confused the world over the last 100 years
Author:
Bodycombe, David
Author:
Bodycombe, David J.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
Puzzles
Subject:
Logic & Brain Teasers
Subject:
Word & Word Search
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20071204
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w photos and illustrations throughout
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
7.34x5.72x1.09 in. .88 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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