Synopses & Reviews
Join the ranks of the geniuses, and leave behind the merely brilliant! Try to figure out 20 tough types of puzzles like the ones found at international puzzle competitions. These are puzzles that require no verbal skills to solve; you just need your logical brain. How hard can they be? Simple arithmetic and a sharp pencil (with a full eraser) are all you need, plus paying close, close attention. Start by following twisting paths made by worms crawling across triangular grids. Then forecast weather patterns by detecting rain cloud patterns in a numbered diagram. Find lost fleets of ships in grids where only a few different shapes are visible. Rearrange dominoes according to a diagram (problem is, the edges of the tiles have been removed). More fun awaits you with hex loops, skyscrapers, lighthouses, and other suddenly fiendish objects.
An old favorite--Mensa Math & Logic Puzzles
--gets a brand-new look: it's now in color!
And the puzzles are fantastic: they're the kind of challenge found at the World Puzzle Championships, and they require no language to solve. For example, you are given a grid of dots that has some numbers (0, 1, 2, or 3) in them. You need to connect the dots in one continuous path so that each number is surrounded by that many lines. So a "3" means that three of the four sides around it must be connected. All the puzzles are similar abstract exercises, and all have unique solutions that can be reached using pure logic. They're difficult--and really satisfying exercise for your brain.
Keep your mind fit with brain aerobics!
If you like great mental exercises, try brain aerobics. All you have to do is open this book, lift a pencil, and flex your mind while solving this assortment of invigorating puzzles.
In Brain Aerobics Logic Puzzles, youll need to rely not only on logical thinking but also on some elementary arithmetic skills. By the time youve put your pencil down, you will have tested yourself at everything from sudoku and battleships to dominoes and minesweeper.
About the Author
Dave Tuller lives in Boulder, Co, and Michael Rios lives in Schaumburg, IL.