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Cains Jawbone

Cains Jawbone

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The original box set edition available again - individually numbered, limited run. 'If James Joyce and Agatha Christie had a literary love child, this would be it' Daily Telegraph 'A unique hybrid of word puzzle and whodunnit' Literary Review
Six murders. One hundred pages. Millions of possible combinations... but only one is correct. Can you solve Torquemada's murder mystery?In 1934, the Observer's cryptic crossword compiler, Edward Powys Mathers (aka Torquemada), released a novel that was simultaneously a murder mystery and the most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle ever written.The pages have been printed in an entirely haphazard order, but it is possible - through logic and intelligent reading - to sort the pages into the only correct order, revealing six murder victims and their respective murderers.Only three puzzlers have ever solved the mystery of Cain's Jawbone: do you have what it takes to join their ranks? Please note: this puzzle is extremely difficult and not for the faint-hearted.
Cains Jawbone Book of Crosswords

Cains Jawbone Book of Crosswords

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"If you're ready for an extra-hard, old-time challenge, have
at it!"-- Will Shortz
From the creator and publisher behind the viral sensation Cain's Jawbone: A Very Novel Mystery, is a collection of 112 difficult cryptic crossword puzzles.Before Edward Powys Mathers wrote the world's most fiendishly difficult literary puzzle, he was a cryptic crossword creator. Under his pseudonym "Torquemada", his puzzles would taunt readers for days. He created his first cryptic crossword puzzle in 1924 and went on to set them for the Saturday Westminster and the Observer for the next 15 years. His true identity was only revealed when he died in 1939. As well as earning the reputation for setting the world's toughest crosswords, Torquemada - or 'Torq' as he was often referred to - was also delightfully creative: with many puzzles written in perfectly constructed verse, or delivered as mini-narratives to their solvers. There's even a version where the clues are knock-knock jokes. For many years cryptic crosswords were simply known as puzzles in the 'Torquemada style'. This selection of Torquemada's best crosswords was originally published in 1942 and contains three short accounts of Torquemada's life and achievements, including one by his widow, R.C. Mathers as well as a foreword by the crossword puzzle editor for the New York Times, Will Shortz. The successful revival of Cain's Jawbone has inspired a new generation of puzzle solvers.Here then is the next challenge for Torquemada's fans - dare you take it on?
Can You Beat Ken?

Can You Beat Ken?

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Ken Jennings, an endearingly geeky software engineer from Utah, became an unlikely celebrity as he shattered records on "Jeopardy! and racked up over $2.5 million in earnings. Now, trivia buffs, "Jeopardy! fans, and smarty-pants of all kinds can go toe-to-toe with Ken and see who's best. "Can You Beat Ken? allows readers to rack up "money" while trying to wrest Ken's crown to become the undisputed champion of trivia. Categories include fill-in-the-blank ("P.L.O. stands for Palestine ______ Organization."), true-or-false ("The lead guitar player for the Grateful Dead was missing a finger on his picking hand."), multiple choice ("Of the three ships that sailed for the West Indies under the command of Christopher Columbus, which one never made it back to Europe? a) Nina, b) Pinta, or c) Santa Maria") and other queries, puzzlers, and brainteasers. Equally good for partying with friends or enjoying alone, "Can You Beat Ken? gives readers the chance to be a "Jeopardy! champ.
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!

Can You Survive 20000 Leagues Under the Sea

Can You Survive 20000 Leagues Under the Sea

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Enter classic literature's famed science fiction story, and make choices to survive Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in this Choose Your Path adventure.


A sea monster is terrorizing the ocean, and you have been chosen to stop it! You are Pierre Aronnax, a mild-mannered scientist thrust into an extraordinary situation. Your mission takes a strange twist when the sea monster turns out to be a submarine. You are taken aboard and held captive by Captain Nemo, but is he a friend or a foe? He takes you on fantastical adventures and shows you parts of the world you never knew existed. Yet every moment, your life is at risk. You must use your knowledge and Nemo's technology to survive such perils as deadly whirlpools, enemy ships, and giant sea spiders.


Adapted by acclaimed author Deb Mercier with chapter illustrations by Margaret Amy Salter, Can You Survive 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea? turns the classic science fiction novel by Jules Verne into a Choose Your Path book for kids. The survival story puts readers in control of the action. Do you have what it takes to escape from the strange captain? Or will the ocean and its unknown dangers lead to your doom? Step into this adventure, and choose your path. But choose wisely, or else!


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  • Interactive adventure that challenges readers to survive the story

  • Familiar characters on an action-packed journey

  • BONUS: hands-on educational activity for families and classrooms

  • Interactive books for kids are more popular than ever. Create your own adventure with the Interactive Classic Literature book series for boys and girls. You're the main character. You make the choices. Can you survive?

    Can You Survive the Adventures of Perseus

    Can You Survive the Adventures of Perseus

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    Become the super-powered hero Perseus, and make choices to survive one of Greek Mythology's most famous adventures.


    You are Perseus, a superhero from Greek Mythology. To save your mother, you are forced to embark on an impossible quest. Your mission: to defeat Medusa, the monster with snakes for hair, razor-sharp claws, and a gaze so horrifying that it turns people to stone. Assemble your magical weapons and utilize your extraordinary strength. Every moment, your life is at risk. You'll need all of your courage and cunning to survive such perils as devious witches, a sinister king, and a giant sea creature.


    Written by acclaimed author Blake Hoena with chapter illustrations by Brandon Wind, Can You Survive the Adventures of Perseus? adapts the classic myth into a Choose Your Path book for kids. The survival story puts readers in control of the action. Do you have what it takes to survive the perilous quest? Or will your battles with mythical creatures lead to your doom? Step into this adventure, and choose your path. But choose wisely, or else!


    Book Features


  • Interactive adventure that challenges readers to survive the story

  • Familiar characters with fantastical super powers

  • BONUS: hands-on educational activity for families and classrooms

  • Interactive books for kids are more popular than ever. Create your own adventure with the Interactive Classic Literature book series for boys and girls. You're the main character. You make the choices. Can you survive?

    Can You Survive the Grimms Fairy Tales

    Can You Survive the Grimms Fairy Tales

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    Enter classic literature's most famous fairy tales, and make choices to survive "Hansel and Gretel," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Snow-White," and more in this Choose Your Path adventure.


    Today seems like an ordinary day, until a peculiar-looking book captures your attention. When you pick it up, you're whisked into a magical realm of fairy tales. Your only hope of getting home is to navigate through "Rapunzel," "Rumpelstiltskin," "Tom Thumb," and other fantastical adventures. But every moment, your life is at risk. You must use your courage and cunning--and a little bit of luck--to survive such perils as evil witches, devious wolves, and magical dwarves.


    Adapted by award-winning author Ryan Jacobson with chapter illustrations by Kat Baumann, Can You Survive the Grimms' Fairy Tales? turns the classic collection of short stories by the Brothers Grimm into a Choose Your Path book for kids. The harrowing events put readers in control of the action. Do you have what it takes to find your way home? Or will the fairy-tale villains and their sinister plans lead to your doom? Step into this story, and choose your path. But choose wisely, or else!


    Book Features


  • Interactive adventure that challenges readers to survive the story

  • Familiar characters on a magical journey

  • BONUS: hands-on educational activity for families and classrooms

  • Interactive books for kids are more popular than ever. Create your own adventure with the Interactive Classic Literature book series for boys and girls. You're the main character. You make the choices. Can you survive?

    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

    Card Games

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    Card Games is a detailed and fully illustrated guide to 52 of the most popular card games for all ages. A simple deck of cards can provide hours of entertainment for adults and children, so it's no surprise that card games are as popular as ever. From simple, fast-paced games for children to more complex, strategic games for adults, this family-friendly companion features 52 classic games for groups of all sizes. This handy guide provides detailed rules and instructions for each game, accompanied by clear, colored diagrams to help you master these fun, engaging games. Sales points: -A handy guide to 52 popular card games-Clear, detailed instructions and colored diagrams-Games to suit all ages -Games for one player upwards-Games include: Rummy, Blackjack, Cheat, Cribbage, Solitaire, Go Fish, Nerts and Whist
    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.
    Cat Lovers Wordsearch

    Cat Lovers Wordsearch

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    "When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction." -Mark Twain

    The cat lover is in highly esteemed company with famous fans of felines including Mark Twain, Salvador Dali, and Freddie Mercury. This collection of puzzles that all feature our beloved feline friends is the ideal treat for any cat lover.

    Inside you will find a variety of themed puzzles on subjects such as cat mascots, cats of mythology, animated cats, and films featuring cats, as well as excerpts from literature and poetry that feature all manner of cats. There are also puzzles which focus on specific members of the cat family, from the well-known big cats such as tigers and lions, to lesser-known felines such as the margay and Geoffroy's cat.

    You're sure to learn something new about our fascinating and mysterious cat companions as you solve these delightful puzzles!

    - EXERCISE YOUR BRAIN: Keep your mind alert by searching for the cunningly hidden words.
    - REMOVES STRESS: Be inspired by our feline friends and let go of all your stress by working through these satisfying puzzles.

    ABOUT THE SERIES: The Puzzles for Animal Lovers series is a wonderful celebration of all things furry, feathered, and otherwise adorable! These themed puzzle books each focus on a different animal, including canine companions, feline friends and beautiful birds. Complete these puzzles and learn more about the animals as you go!

    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.
    Characters and Quests

    Characters and Quests

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    From the world's most beloved tabletop role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons, comes an interactive workbook for imagining, creating, and capturing on paper your own epic characters and adventurers.

    For young players just discovering the magical world of Dungeons & Dragons, designing their own characters can be exciting yet intimidating. The Worldbuilder's Workbook for Young Adventurers is a space for capturing thoughts, brainstorms, and sketches all in one place! Inside you'll find:

    - Easy-to-choose character-building guides with characteristics to check off, such as race, class, background, and personality
    - Space to describe your adventuring party's characters and how they interact with others
    - Guided pages for sketching characters and maps
    - Questions and tips on how to prepare for different adventures and battles
    - Prompts for writing about epic D&D sessions with friends

    From developing a character's attributes to strategizing battle tactics with your party to keeping notes from your campaign interactions, this is the ultimate workbook for budding worldbuilders.