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Crossword Puzzles

Animal Lovers Trivia

Animal Lovers Trivia

$12.00
In a striking and portable box, these 140 questions are a fun trivia challenge wherever you want to play! These multiple-choice questions cover the entire animal kingdom--from marine life to land dwellers.
Crosswordese

Crosswordese

Bukszpan, David
$22.95
"Crosswordese in all its glory has never been so entertaining!"--Will Shortz

A celebration of the weird and wonderful language of crosswords, and the lexicon's fascinating checkered history, for crossword puzzlers and language lovers of all kinds.

Crossword puzzles have a language all their own. This entertaining guide to grid lingo will improve your game while it fills in the mystery and history of this unique and playful idiom. Author David Bukszpan brings his deep word game knowledge and engaging educational style to this exploration of crosswordese and its evolution from antiquity to the age of LOL and LIZZO.

Far more than a crossword puzzle lexicon, Crosswordese is full of fun entries, including rich sections on particular types of puzzle clues and answers from pop culture, sports, science, and more. Each chapter also includes a puzzle custom-made by the author and exclusive to the book! This is the perfect gift to help novices up their skills and reward veterans with a deeper appreciation of this delightfully quirky vocab.

BEYOND CROSSWORDS: Hooked on crosswords? Now you can discover even more to enjoy about the history and trivia behind the terms and clues you love.

THE CROSSWORD MOMENT: With crossword puzzles hotter than ever, and available in venues new and familiar (of course the New York Times, but also The New Yorker, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, Slate, Vice, smartphone apps . . . ), we live in a golden era of crosswordese. This is a readable and richly entertaining guide to speaking the language and upping your game.

PACKED WITH INFORMATION: The text is written in a clever way that delivers ANSWERS and [clues] as you read along. Packed with trivia, sidebar-rich chapters cover groups of clues on subjects like food, travel, music, movies, and more.

FOR BEGINNERS, EXPERTS, AND WORD NERDS ALIKE: Beginners will find it a boon to their solving skills; veteran crossworders will learn more about the vocabulary they employ every morning; even folks more interested in language than puzzles will find plenty to say AHA about.

DIP IN AND OUT: Structured for easy use, with spotlights on common and cryptic crosswordese from Latin terms to coffee words, sports lingo to Simpsons characters, and phrases like DOH [Homeric interjection?] and OOF [Gut reaction?].

PUZZLES INCLUDED: The author has also specially created a dozen puzzles based on the book's content and included them inside the book!

Perfect for:

  • Gift or self-purchase for crossword puzzlers of all skill levels
  • Lovers of Scrabble, Wordle, Bananagrams, Words with Friends, and all varieties of word and brain games
  • Pairing with crossword puzzle books for adults as a birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or any special occasion gift for word nerds and language enthusiasts
  • Going offline to enjoy some classic screen-free crossword fun
  • Papercuts

    Papercuts

    Electric Literature
    $22.00
    Show off your page-turning prowess and bust out your best book-themed jokes with this raucous party game full of literary laughs from the wordsmiths at the indie nonprofit Electric Literature.

    Papercuts is what Kurt Vonnegut, James Baldwin, and Virginia Woolf would play if they were alive, locked in a room together, and forced to play a card game. This party game for bibliophiles and pop culture fanatics follows an intuitive and popular game format, similar to Apples to Apples: the dealer lays down a Question card and each player must fill in the blank with one of the five Answer cards in their hand. What ensues is an endless loop of hilarious literary jokes and gut-busting gameplay.

    Sample questions include:

  • Why does the caged bird sing?
  • Are You There God? It's Me, __________.
  • Last year's Booker Prize-winning novel is told from the perspective of __________.

  • Players can respond with answers like:
  • Flannery O'Connor's peacocks
  • Atticus Finch before he was racist
  • a fifteen-page sex scene

  • This edition of Electric Literature's game boasts 100 question cards and 200 answer cards in a luxe, portable package. Toss it in a tote or bring it to your next party for countless chapters of enjoyment.

    Literary Charades

    Literary Charades

    Games Room
    $12.00
    This beautifully-packaged party game comes with 140 cards, each with 5 literary categories to choose from, including Classics, Bestsellers, Nonfiction, Book to Film, and Children's books. Simply act out the titles of the latest-and-greatest books--without speaking a word--for your team to guess.
    Mythology Trivia

    Mythology Trivia

    Games Room
    $12.00
    With 140 mythological trivia questions in a gorgeous and compact box, MYTHOLOGY TRIVIA puts your knowledge of the world's mythologies to the ultimate test! These multiple-choice questions cover worldwide myths and folklore--from gods and heroes to magical beasts and monsters.
    United States of Puzzles

    United States of Puzzles

    Harshbarger, Eric
    $12.99
    Oh, say, can you solve?

    This collection of brainteasers is as big and diverse as the U.S. itself. Inside, you'll find something for everyone: word games (like a crisscross including all 50 states), logic puzzles, trivia (such as identifying songs with states in their names), visual conundrums, state flag connect-the-dots, a giant maze (begin it anywhere, but you must end up in Washington, D.C.), with new surprises always around the corner. This book makes a great gift for any patriotic puzzle lover, or the perfect entertainment for a coast-to-coast trip.

    Museum Heist

    Museum Heist

    Lewis, Henry
    $16.99
    Can you solve the puzzles and piece together the clues to find out who dunnit?

    The Mystery Agency Puzzle Book is an interactive book where murder mystery meets escape room-style puzzle solving, in an epic adventure for all the family. Put yourself to the test, and follow the story, working your way through a whole host of challenges - from deciphering clues at crime scenes and searching for hidden pieces of evidence in the pages - to satisfy your inner detective. Look out also for interactive elements within the book that will take each mystery to a whole new level.

    Secret Agent Brainteasers

    Secret Agent Brainteasers

    McKay, Sinclair
    $16.99
    Have you daydreamed of being approached to be a secret agent? Imagined yourself being propelled into the dangerous and elegant world of spies?
    Blending extraordinary and illuminating historical tales of the British Secret Intelligence Service from over the years with a wide range of mind-twisting puzzles, Secret Agent Brainteasers will test your mental agility to discover: Do YOU have what it takes to be a spy?
    Long gone are the days when the tap on the shoulder was largely a result of social connections. Now the secret intelligence services have cast their nets wider, and it's your chance to join the ranks. Whether you have a linguistic flair, an instinct for technology, or good old common sense, pit your wits against some of the greatest minds of our time with ingenious brainteasers including secret languages, sabotage-themed brain bogglers, and hidden codes.

    Brain Fitness Puzzles

    Brain Fitness Puzzles

    Moore, Gareth
    $14.99

    Your mind, just like your body, needs regular exercise to stay in shape. Structured the same way as a good physical workout--in warm-up, training, cardio, and cool-down modes--this brain-training manual provides a definitive regimen to help you boost your mind to peak performance readiness. Flex your intellect with an exciting variety of engaging exercises scientifically designed to enhance your logic and reasoning skills, visual and lateral thinking, creativity, concentration, and more. Fun, familiar puzzles such as word searches and Sudoku will fire up your neurons, preparing you for more challenging and rewarding activities, such as long digit span tests, mental rotation games, and memory tasks. Go at your own pace and remember that practice makes progress. If you hit the wall, the puzzle key at the back of the book has all the answers.

    Vacation Crosswords

    Vacation Crosswords

    Newman, Stanley
    $10.99
    Few situations are as perfectly suited for puzzle solving as vacations are: you need something to keep you entertained on the airplane, and crosswords are also a perfect low-key activity while lounging beside the pool or on the beach. These 54 breezy puzzles, originally published in Newsday, feature entertaining themes and accessible clues that make them perfect for anyone who wants to get away from it all.