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Can You Solve My Problems?: Ingenious, Perplexing, and Totally Satisfying Math and Logic Puzzles

Can You Solve My Problems?: Ingenious, Perplexing, and Totally Satisfying Math and Logic Puzzles

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Puzzle lovers, rejoice!

Bestselling math writer Alex Bellos has a challenge for you: 125 of the world's best brainteasers from the last two millennia.

Armed with logic alone, you'll detect counterfeit coins, navigate river crossings, and untangle family trees. Then--with just a dash of high school math--you'll tie a rope around the Earth, match wits with a cryptic wizard, and use four 4s to create every number from 1 to 50. (It can be done!)

The ultimate casebook for daring puzzlers, Can You Solve My Problems? also tells the story of the puzzle--from ancient China to Victorian England to modern-day Japan. Grab your pencil and get puzzling!

Card and Magic Tricks Handbook

Card and Magic Tricks Handbook

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This hardcover manual with internal wire-o binding is 6.5in x 8in, a perfect size for budding magicians to keep handy and reference often. The stylish design of this book, along with the interior photographs, illustrations and diagrams, make the learning process simple and fun for beginners, while still providing many useful tips for advanced readers.

Card and Magic Tricks Handbook is the ultimate guide to a range of card and magic tricks. Starting with simple tricks such as shuffling and progressing to more complex tricks, including sleight of hand, forcing cards, conjuring tricks, and more, readers can explore the various branches of magic to find tricks that will be as entertaining to watch as they are to perform.

This book will show that in the world of magic there are many fascinating avenues to explore. Whether your interest in magic and conjuring arises from a desire to take up an enjoyable and rewarding hobby, or whether you are thinking about pursuing a career in this field, this book will put you firmly on the road to success.

Card Games Around the World

Card Games Around the World

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A leading inventor and collector of games, Sid Sackson is also an expert on game history. For this highly entertaining volume, the self-proclaimed "game addict" has selected over 60 popular games from around the world.
A brief but fascinating introductory chapter to the history of card playing is followed by a valuable glossary of terms associated with this popular pastime. Additional chapters supply instructions, detailed illustrations, and an abundance of clear examples for playing such intriguing diversions as Sampen, Kowah, Kabu, Cha Kau Tsz' and Khanhoo from Asia; Skat, Blackjack, Old Maid, Fan Tan, Eights, Klondike, La Belle Loucie, Accordion, and Hearts from Europe; Whist, Blackout, Cribbage, Spoil Five, and Casino from the British Isles; Pif Paf, Samba, Bolivia, and Canasta from Latin America; and Poker, Pinochle, Contract Bridge, Rummy, and Oklahoma Gin from the United States.
Most games can be played by children or adults with a common deck of 52 playing cards (a few will need additional cards from a second deck).
Card Tricks

Card Tricks

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With more than 120 illustrations to accompany instructions to more than 100 tricks, and a new foreword by Steven Cohen, a master of sleight of hand, this edition of Jean Hugard's classic is an essential edition to any illustionist's library.

If you practice any sort of magic--or plan on giving it a try--you probably know that for most people, card tricks are often the starting point. If you have a deck of cards readily available, as many common households do, the only things required to wow an audience are a little sleight of hand and a magician's secrets.

In spite of the timeless credo "good magicians never reveal their secrets," renowned magicians Jean Hugard and Frederick Braué generously divulged theirs in Card Tricks: The Royal Road to Card Magic.

Published originally in the 1940s, this classic guide contains more than one hundred spectacular tricks allowing anyone to pick up a deck and dazzle an audience--whether their performance is in a theatre, at a party, or even on the street!

Card Tricks & Games Gift Set

Card Tricks & Games Gift Set

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Looking for great card games? Fantastic tricks sure to impress? They're inside this complete set, brimming with the best of both. In addition to TWO complete sets of cards, it contains a duo of excellent books filled with easy-to-follow instructions. Players of all ages will find plenty of entertainment when they open 101 Best Family Card Games. Written by one of the world's top authorities, it has instructions on all the favorites, from Casino and War to Rummy and Whist. Would-be magicians will delight in World's Best Card Tricks, where a master performer teaches more than 40 of the greatest impromptu tricks ever devised--predictions, transposition, estimation, and other bafflers. So open the box, because the fun starts right here.
Card Tricks Set

Card Tricks Set

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People love to be entertained, and there is nothing like a card trick to leave an audience amazed and delighted. But before you can dazzle--and confuse--a roomful of spectators, you'll need to learn the rules of card tricks. From false shuffles to magnetic cards, Card Tricks will teach you everything you need to know to become an ace magician.

Card Tricks includes a book of 101 clever card tricks, two packs of cards, and a notebook and pencil for taking notes as you learn. Start with a trick with the easiest skill rating, like the leader of the pack, and let your audience think you can move cards from the middle of the pack without even touching them. You'll progress all the way to the level five sleights of hand, like throwing a tantrum, which relies not only on dexterity but also on your acting skills as you attempt to convince your audience that you've made a terrible mistake.

A must-have for any budding magician, Card Tricks will help you astound all your friends and family. But just remember--magicians never reveal their secrets!

Casual Crosswords

Casual Crosswords

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Random House Puzzles & Games created the Random House Casual Crosswords series for the thousands of fledgling solvers and casual crossword fans who are disappointed and frustrated by the supposedly easy puzzle books on the market.
For the third volume of this unique series, veteran puzzle editor Mel Rosen again began by commissioning 50 crosswords that are solvable with just a pencil--no chunky erasers, heavy reference books or prescription tranquilizers needed here. Next, Mel carefully edited the puzzles to make sure they'd be free of the tricks, gimmicks and crosswordese that often turn off beginning and occasional solvers--while at the same time insuring that the themes and clues would be fresh and lively. Last of all, he added plenty of special hints and tips--both general and specific--to make the puzzles truly solver-friendly. The result is a book of 50 fun-to-solve crosswords guaranteed to turn many a tentative puzzler into a lifelong fan.
Century of Crosswords

Century of Crosswords

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For the first time ever, Will Shortz personally selects 75 of his favorite puzzles from his tenure as editor of "The New York Times" crossword puzzles. Special commentary will appear along with each puzzle and give clever insight into the puzzle-solving world that Will Shortz dominates. Getting to know the background on these puzzles will add a new dimension for the growing number of crossword buffs. Also included is a special introduction written by Shortz that explains why these puzzles qualify as his favorites among the thousands of puzzles he has edited in his career. Since Will Shortz has become crossword editor of the" Times," the puzzles have featured increased wordplay, and a hip, contemporary attitude towards crosswording.

Challenging Puzzles

Challenging Puzzles

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Charge up your cognitive power with these challenging conundrums! Featuring more than 200 illustrated, full-color puzzles-- including sudoku, logic problems, riddles, Latin squares, visual teasers, and math challenges--this collection lets you exercise your mind, whether you've got five minutes or an hour. The fun begins with moderately difficult brainteasers, but solving gets progressively harder as you go along and your skills develop.
Chess

Chess

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Chess is played on every continent and by several hundred million people. It's the most popular board game in the world, and people of all ages love to play! In Chess: Be the King!, you'll start by learning how the pieces move and then progress to the more complicated ideas behind the best moves for the different phases of the game. This book offers something for beginners who have never picked up a chess piece as well as more advanced instruction for experienced learners who are looking to become expert players!

Inside you'll find exclusive tips from some of the world's best chess players. These clever suggestions will help you to become a real king of chess. Imagine how much fun it will be to win a game against a classmate or--if you're really good--maybe even your grandpa! If you're up for a real challenge, you can also test yourself with puzzles taken from world championship games. Put on your thinking cap--your brain's got some work to do!

Chess

Chess

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This book includes 5,334 different instructional situations--many taken from real matches--including 306 problems for checkmate in one move, 3,412 mates in two moves, 744 mates in three moves, 600 miniature games, 144 simple endgames, and 128 tournament game combinations, plus solutions, the basic rules of the game and an international bibliography.
Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport

Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport

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In a game where the chess board's strongest piece the Queen is often referred to as a bitch, and where being female has been long considered a major disadvantage, this eye-opening account shows how young female chess players are successfully knocking down the doors to this traditionally male game.
Chess for Dummies

Chess for Dummies

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Want to play chess like a champ? Dummies can help.

From Netflix's "The Queen's Gambit" to podcasts, virtual and mobile gaming, and beyond, chess is back in a big way. But, with all those kings, queens, and knights, chess can be a royal pain to grasp. Chess For Dummies is here to help beginners wrap their minds around the rules of the game, make sense of those puzzling pieces, and sharpen their chess strategy such that even Paul Morphy would be impressed. You'll learn the laws of chess, its lingo, and engage in the art of the attack with the easy-to-follow, step-by-step explanations found in the latest edition of Chess For Dummies.

Whether you're playing chess online, in a tournament, or across the dining room table with a family member or friend, this hands-on guide is sure to capture your interest (and your opponent's queen), getting you up to speed on the game and its components and giving you the know-how you need to put the principles of play into action from the opening to the endgame.

  • Grasp the rules of play and the nuances of each phase of the game
  • Familiarize yourself with the pieces and the board
  • Pick the perfect chess set and chessboard for you
  • Get to know each of the pieces and their powers
  • If you feel like you're in a stalemate before you even begin a game, Chess For Dummies is your guide to forcing moves, raking bishops, and skewering your opponents like a true champion.

    Chess for Kids: How to Play to Win

    Chess for Kids: How to Play to Win

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    Written as a story--featuring seven-year-old twins Alice and Sam and their quest to stop an impending alien invasion--"Chess for Kids" will teach your child how to play chess in thirty short, fun lessons. "Chess for Kids" describes each piece, simply and clearly explaining what moves each one can make and how best to utilize them on the board. Here are the concepts of check, checkmate, and stalemate and basic chess strategy and thinking skills. Peppered with quizzes and puzzles to reinforce what your child has learned, "Chess for Kids" is the perfect book for any child who wishes to learn this ancient and always popular game.
    Chess Is Child's Play: Teaching Techniques That Work

    Chess Is Child's Play: Teaching Techniques That Work

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    Chess is Child's Play is a book written byparents, for parents. It is written for YOU! Chess is one of the oldest strategygamesknown to man. Studies show that children who learn chess at an early age gainsuchvaluable life skillsas: .Problem-solving ability .Improvedpatience and focus .Enhancedimagination .Greater self-confidence. Chess educators Laura Sherman and Bill Kilpatrickhavecreated aneasy, step-by-stepmethod for teaching chess thatparents of all skill levelscan use to teachchildrenof any age. You don't have to know how to playchess in orderto usethesystem.Thisbook will teach you the game, whileshowingyou how to teach your child to play. You will learn together. Chess makes childrensmarter.Give your child an advantage in life and teach him or herto play today!"
    Chess Opening Essentials

    Chess Opening Essentials

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    Most chess opening books are either too detailed or too shallow. Chess Opening Essentials has exactly the right balance and is an accessible primer and a reference book at the same time. It gives a flavor of how every opening works and points at the various middlegame plans that apply after the opening has ended.Chess Opening essentials helps beginners to develop a solid understanding of fundamental opening ideas, gives casual players the ability to choose the opening that suits their style and taste and is a tool for club players to test and review their opening repertoire as well as a reference book to which advanced players keep returning.The authors do not propagate forcing tactical variations to be memorized mechanically, but explain what you should actually be trying to achieve when playing the opening of your choice. They include the main alternative responses and give clear indications for further study.
    Chess Opening Traps for Kids

    Chess Opening Traps for Kids

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    Chess becomes fun when we learn how to survive the opening and stop falling into our opponents' cheap tactical tricks.

    And that's what this book is about! By understanding opening play and how to exploit tactical ideas, we turn the tables on our opponents. Now they will be the ones getting outmanoeuvred, tricked, trapped and pushed off the board!

    Chess Opening Traps for Kids is a serious course on how to play the opening, illustrated with memorable and entertaining examples. By focusing on 100 key themes, Graham Burgess explains how to use opening tricks to our advantage. Every opening features hidden dangers for both players, so we need to avoid pitfalls while making full use of tactics to achieve the opening goals of purposeful development and central control.

    Most of the 100 sections feature a basic example followed by a more complex one. Some of the traps have claimed grandmaster victims, while others are more likely to arise in junior chess. Either way, the aim is to learn the theme so well that you can use it when similar opportunities arise in your own games. A series of exercises at the end of the book allows you to check that you have grasped the main points. Throughout the book there are tips on how to spot tactics in advance and advice on opening strategy.
    Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player

    Chess Tactics for the Tournament Player

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    It's been said that tactics are 99% of chess. This third volume of the Comprehensive Chess Course teaches you the basic tools of winning chess with instructive and memorable examples. Grandmasters Alburt and Palatnik thoroughly explain hundreds of key positions arranged by difficulty and designed to sharpen tactical recognition and vision in your own games. Nothing is left to chance in this work. All materials have already shown their worth in Russian chess instruction.

    GM Alburt's Comprehensive Chess Course brings English readers the once strictly guarded and time-tested Russian training methods, the key to the 50-year Russian dominance of world chess. Comprehensive Chess Course takes you from beginner to master.