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So You Think You've Got Problems?: Surprising and rewarding puzzles to sharpen your mind

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Thought you had it bad? In this book, you will be:

Imprisoned by a sadistic logician.
Challenged to raise dogs from the dead.
Trapped on a burning island.
And much more besides . . .

Everything is at stake in this compendium of more than 150 ingenious puzzles, selected to reveal the wonderful diversity of brainteasers that have confounded and intrig
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Hardcover, 280 pages
Published November 7th 2019 by Guardian Faber Publishing
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Paul
Jul 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I like puzzles of all sorts and Bellos seems to have these sorts of books off to a T. This is the third of his that is have read, though that probably is the wrong word for this type of book. The puzzles in here are pitched about right too, not too easy, but you don’t need a handful of PhD’s to be able to even understand the questions. It has a good selection of classic conundrums, infuriating brainteasers and baffling geometry puzzles that you can dip into as often or as little as you want. The ...more
Colin
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always good to have a puzzle book with smart summaries and introductions - plenty of ones I hadn't seen before (along with some old favourites and variants thereon). Enjoyable!
Karen
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Strictly speaking, I haven't "finished" this book because I have not attempted all the puzzles therein; but it doesn't stop me from gaining enjoyment and appreciation for it.

This is a good example of the sort of highbrow puzzle books that are back in fashion (alongside others such as the GCHQ puzzle books, they are marketed as intellectual and challenging). Alex Bellos has curated an impressive range of puzzles from wide-ranging sources. The puzzles range from logical, to visual, to word-based,
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Alley W.
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perilous Problems for Puzzle lovers is full of many brain teasing puzzles. The obvious answer is not always the right answer. It helps the brain look for patterns, sharpens reasoning skills and exercises your brain. I love how the author gives history and background about certain puzzles and how they have been shaped by mathematical history.
Linda George
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great compilation of thought-provoking puzzles! For kids or adults, these will keep you busy and thinking for many an hour. As a teacher, these are perfect for challenge work, free time, or indoor recess! Thanks to Netgalley for the arc.
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Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alex Bellos on tämän hetken paras pulmamatematiikkakirjoittaja, ja tämä yli 120 pulman kokoelma on huiman hyvä.
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