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Take your brain for a jog around an entertaining collection of wildly clever twisters, illustrated with zany and delightful drawings. Many play with clues that are numbers, letters, or words. Others use tricky visuals to tease the mind. ALL are favorites of a world-renowned puzzle master--and they're tougher than they look, to provide a really enjoyable challenge. Try this one, just to warm up your wits and whet your puzzle-solving appetite:
HIJKLMNO: These letters, when properly understood, stand for a common liquid. Name it.
Or--complete a crossword puzzle by filling blanks with words that mean the opposite of the clues, finish a joke by making up the punch line, and lots more!
1. H to O or H2O, the chemical symbol for water--two atoms of hydrogen combined with one atom of oxygen.
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Martin Gardner is famous for his 'Trick of the Month' column for Physics Teacher magazine - which is in turn reprinted regularly in Magician - the magazine for professional magicians. He has been publishing books of tricks since 1935!From Booklist:
Gr. 4-8. Best known for the column "Mathematical Games," which ran in Scientific American for 25 years, puzzle-master Gardner here presents 103 short challenges based on wordplay. Readers must have their wits about them, but most of the conundrums are solvable without a peek at the appended answers (and enjoyable even after peeking). Although most of the puzzles stand alone, many are illustrated with lively, cartoon-style ink drawings, and some depend on clues in the pictures for their solutions. Teachers who want to encourage verbal awareness in their students will find the book an appealing source of good-natured puzzlers that challenge children to think more playfully about language. Carolyn Phelan
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Book Description Sterling, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0806976853