AS a kid, I spent a lot of time in transit to places or waiting around. Waiting after school for my mom. On the way to dance classes. On the bus to meets. In a plane, train, or automobile going somewhere for pleasure. It was during this time that I discovered the joys of puzzle books.
Crosswords. Word Searches. Word Jumbles. And the somewhat elusive logic puzzle books. These were my constant companions and time fillers. They were somewhat easy to find, inexpensive, and portable. I could toss one in my backpack, my book, or even my mom’s purse. I’m sure these puzzle books gave others the same hours of enjoyment as people then didn’t have to deal with me annoying them. Heh.
Puzzle Baron has now come out with a whole line of puzzle books for adults. They have logic puzzles, Sudoku, even a book of picture puzzles where you have to figure out the differences.
Now, I love a good logic puzzle, as my brain just sort of works that way. I never understood what was so difficult about math word problems. The puzzles in this book are real brain teasers, though! There’s a little chart next to each puzzle that tells you how many people completed this puzzle successfully and the average time it took. I must say that that can be a little disheartening! Only 58% or people got this right, and it took them 16:31 minutes – oh noooooo!!!!! What hope do I have?
Sudoku is one of those puzzles that I can’t figure out. I think that it’s not so much that I can’t figure it out, it’s just that it doesn’t appeal to me. I think it’s that I like words with my puzzles.
They also sent me the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Picture Puzzles. I must be a complete idiot, because I can rarely find all of the differences! I usually miss one or two of the changes. I do like these though, as they exercise a different part of the brain. One thing I do like about this book is that the images are in vivid, full color. There’s also a check box for each difference in image that you find.
How about you? Are you a fan of puzzle books?