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Crossword Puzzles

Language Lover's Puzzle Book

Language Lover's Puzzle Book

Bellos, Alex
$16.95
100 wonder-filled word puzzles that thrill and tantalize with the beauty, magic, and weirdness of world language

Whether you're a crossword solver, cryptogram fan, Scrabble addict, or Sudoku savant, The Language Lover's Puzzle Book is guaranteed to tease your brain and twist your tongue. Puzzle master Alex Bellos begins in Japan, where we can observe some curious counting:

boru niko = two balls
tsuna nihon = two ropes
uma nito = two horses
kami nimai = two sheets of paper

ashi gohon = five legs
ringo goko = five apples
sara gomai = five plates
kaba goto = five hippos

Now, how do the Japanese say "nine cucumbers"?*
a) kyuri kyuhon
b) kyuri kyuko
c) kyuri kyuhiki
d) kyuri kyuto

Bellos finds the intrigue--and the human element--in a dizzying array of ancient, modern, and even invented tongues, from hieroglyphs to Blissymbolics, Danish to Dothraki. Filled with unusual alphabets, fascinating characters, and intriguing local customs for time-telling, naming children, and more, this is a bravura book of brainteasers and beyond--it's a globe-trotting, time-traveling celebration of language.

*The word endings depend on shape: Flat things end in -mai and spherical things end in -ko. Cucumbers are long things (like ropes and legs), so they end in -hon. The answer is (a)!

Mensa® AARP® Challenging Brain Twisters

Mensa(r) Aarp(r) Challenging Brain Twisters

Coughlin, Fred
$8.99
Challenge yourself and excite your brain with this entertaining collection of new puzzles created in partnership with American Mensa and the AARP (American Association of Retired People).

Young or old, your brain is essential to everything you do. You owe it to yourself not just to stay physically fit, but to stay mentally fit, too! This book of logic and number puzzles will help you do just that. A collaboration between Mensa and AARP, it is packed with brain teasers to exercise your mind and keep yourself sharp.

Whether you are looking to practice your critical thinking skills or you just want to keep your mind sharp, these puzzles will provide a short workout for your cognitive lobes. In the end, you'll have given your mind a problem-solving workout--and you'll have had fun in the process.

Challenge yourself and help keep your mind sharp with these brain-bending games and puzzles.

Mensa® AARP® Challenging Brain Twisters (LARGE PRINT)

Mensa® AARP® Challenging Brain Twisters (LARGE PRINT)

Coughlin, Fred
$10.99
Challenge yourself and excite your brain with this entertaining collection of new puzzles created in partnership with American Mensa and the AARP (American Association of Retired People).

Young or old, your brain is essential to everything you do. You owe it to yourself not just to stay physically fit, but to stay mentally fit, too! This book of logic and number puzzles will help you do just that. A collaboration between Mensa and AARP, it is packed with brain teasers to exercise your mind and keep yourself sharp.

Whether you are looking to practice your critical thinking skills or you just want to keep your mind sharp, these puzzles will provide a short workout for your cognitive lobes. In the end, you'll have given your mind a problem-solving workout--and you'll have had fun in the process.

Challenge yourself and help keep your mind sharp with these brain-bending games and puzzles.

John Derian Paper Goods: The Library Notepad

John Derian Paper Goods: The Library Notepad

Derian, John
$10.95
John Derian is an artist and designer whose work with printed images of the past transports the viewer to another time and place. Take the journey with him, in this notepad perfect for jotting down lists, ideas, and important notes with colorful style.
  • 80 easy tear-off pages
  • 4 different designs repeat throughout
  • Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book

    Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book

    Jackson, Kate
    $12.95

    100+ Puzzles based on the British Library Crime Classics series. Hours of enjoyment for puzzle lovers!

    Polish off your magnifying glass and step into the shoes of your favourite detectives as you unlock tantalising clues and solve intricate puzzles. There are over 100 criminally teasing challenges to be scrutinised, including word searches, anagrams, snapshot covers, and crosswords--a favourite puzzle of crime fiction's golden age. Suitable for all levels, this is the ultimate test for fans of the British Library Crime Classics series.

    Basic Bridge

    Basic Bridge

    Klinger, Ron
    $15.99
    This is a definitive Acol textbook, equally valuable to rubber or duplicate bridge players. Set out as a course which can be used in conjunction with bridge classes or as a self-teacher, the book covers all the basic principles of bidding and play and is packed with exercises and quizzes on everything that has been taught. Recommended as the ideal textbook for learning the game, Basic Bridge will continue to be the standard beginner's guide to rubber and duplicate bridge for the foreseeable future. If you only ever buy one bridge book it has to be Basic Bridge.
    100 Best Solitaire Games

    100 Best Solitaire Games

    Lee, Sloane
    $9.95
    A great how-to-play and strategy guide to 100 of the most classic, interesting, challenging and fun solitaire games.

    These are the 100 best and most enjoyable variations of America's most popular card game--solitaire! Loads of examples, diagrams, illustrations and strategies keep the writing lively, while showing you all sorts of fun ways to enjoy your favorite game. From straight-ahead solitaire to two-player games, readers will find all kinds of fantastic solitaire games--the classic ones, the new ones, those that require a lot of strategy, and the just plain fun ones. And because solitaire is perfect for playing when you're on the road, the chapter on travel solitaire is essential. As a bonus, the authors have included solitaire games for two players.

    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.

    Modern Sudoku

    Modern Sudoku

    Princeton Architectural Press
    $12.95
    Beat screen fatigue and challenge your mind with this modern Sudoku book packed with 150 brain-teasing grids, the perfect Sudoku gift for puzzle lovers.

    Portable enough to take on your commute or pack in your suitcase, but stylish enough to display on your coffee table, this classic collection of Sudoku puzzles is sure to keep your mind sharp. The puzzles span a range of difficulties, encouraging you to work your way through the levels, while the grids feature brightly-colored squares to create visual contrast while you solve. The cohesive color palette coordinates with the cover, where the hues and typeface have a cool, mid-century jazz album vibe. Whether you're a logic genius or just discovering the Sudoku sensation, you're sure to adore this charming yet challenging collection.

    Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #19

    Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #19

    Samson, John M.
    $15.99
    Simon & Schuster celebrates ninety-five years of crossword puzzle excellence with 300 new, never-before-published Thursday to Sunday-sized brain breakers. Sharpen your pencils--unless you dare to use a pen.

    In 1924, Simon & Schuster published its first title, The Cross Word Puzzle Book. Not only was it the publisher's first release, it was the first collection of crossword puzzles ever printed.

    Today, 95 years later, Simon & Schuster's legendary crossword puzzle legacy continues with a brand-new collection of 300 crosswords, which offer hours of challenging fun for puzzle solvers of every level. Created by the best contemporary constructors--and edited by top puzzle master John M. Samson--Simon & Schuster Mega Crossword Puzzle Book #19 is designed with convenience in mind and features perforated pages so you can tear out puzzles individually and work on them on-the-go.

    With its timeless and unique collection of puzzles, this super-sized book is sure to delight long-time puzzle stalwarts and new enthusiasts alike.