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The word origami is a combination of two Japanese words, "oru" meaning "to fold" and "kami" meaning "paper". The intricate art of paper folding started in the 17th century and has continued to be a popular pasttime around the world. People have often speculated about the true origins of origami - with Japan having the deepest tradition. There is also evidence that China, Italy, Spain and Germany have origami roots.
Putting the fictional Harry Potter aside, books about real magicians and magic have fascinated readers since the mid-19th century. First there was the pioneering Frenchman Robert-Houdin and then Harry Houdini turned the magical arts into a big business and exploited his fame by publishing many books.
This selection of collectible literature is more than just a sleight of hand and also includes some incredible Houdini ephemera.
Whether you’re one of the millions of people already obsessed with the number puzzles called Sudoku (a Japanese logic game that’s like a combination of a crossword puzzle and a Rubik’s Cube) or you’re just being introduced to this addicting game, Master Sudoku has a puzzle for you. Here, the UK’s leading Sudoku expert, Carol Vorderman, offers 200 puzzles for Sudokuists at every level, ranging from easy to super difficult, with clear instructions and crucial secrets that will help you finish puzzles in record time. The faster you are, the higher your score! Engrossing, challenging, and totally addictive, Master Sudoku is chock-full of fun.
Ian Finlayson & Michael Lockhart
The Official Rules of Punch-Buggy is the resource for the punch buggy player or fan. It combines a fictional satire of the history of the punch-buggy game, tracing its roots all the way back to ancient Egypt, with a comprehensive and hilarious set of rules covering the game in its classic and modern forms.
New edition! An inexpensive edition of the book that SCRABBLE® players call their bible. Ideal for recreational and school play. More than 100,000 playable two - to eight-letter words including 4,000 new entries. Includes variant spellings. Endorsed by the National SCRABBLE® Association.