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Of Course! The Greatest Collection Of Riddles & Brain Teasers For Expanding Your Mind [Kindle Edition]

Zack Guido
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Book Description

Do you like riddles? Do you like brain teasers? Are you a problem solver? Are you creative? Do you think outside the box? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, this book may be perfect for you.

Introducing a collection of the best riddles and brain teasers that has been years in the making. These will challenge the way you think, introduce you to new ways to look at problems, and expand your mind.

People who love riddles are familiar with the rush of the "aha!" moment, the "that's it!" moment, that "of course!" moment, the moment of clarity that you get when the lightbulb goes off and you've figured it all out. Those moments are great exercise for your mind and brain and will help to keep you mentally sharp.

Even if you are new to riddles and brain teasers this book will be a fun and exciting read, it will help you become a better problem solver and become more comfortable with thinking outside the box. The problems in this book range in difficulty from light & easy to hard to very hard and will provide a challenge for even the sharpest mind.

There are discrete reasoning riddles, mathematical reasoning riddles, practical reasoning riddles, and some classical logic riddles as well. There is no word play, the puzzles have definite and satisfying answers, and some of them will blow your mind.

In this book you will be figuring out how to cross bridges, how to escape from prison cells, how to steal rope, how to shoot cyborgs, how to transport bananas through the desert, how to figure out the color of a hat you have on, how to turn on lightbulbs, and how to save a ton of prisoners from being executed!

Enjoy it!

...and remember, once you peek at the solution you will never be able to unsee it!

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This book is the result of hundreds of hours poring over library books, web forums, old notebooks, old conversations with friends, and my own memory!

Some of these riddles and brain teasers you will find if you look into other books and spend time searching through websites. But you will have a hard time finding such a diverse, challenging, and appropriate collection all in one place.

When I first started this project I was working with over four hundred riddles that I considered good. Then I focused it down to about 150 puzzles that I thought were very good. Then I kept focusing it down and refining the list of riddles until I landed on 78 brain teasers that I thought were -amazing- and unique.

For example, any riddle-lover knows that you will come across countless numbers of riddles that involve liars and truth-tellers and so many of them can all be solved using the exact same logic and reasoning. I tried to take the best of those types of riddles and include the greatest ones from each archetype. This keeps the content fresh and exciting with each new riddle, but also allows you to explore all of these different lines of reasoning and solving.

It has been an absolute pleasure putting this collection together and I hope that you enjoy having such a wide but focused collection of riddles all condensed into one place!


Product Details

  • File Size: 2545 KB
  • Print Length: 137 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Zack Guido (March 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQZ0RF6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,781 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This collection was obviously put together with passion and taste for quality riddles. There are no trick questions to these riddles; it is just straightforward problem-solving. True to the book's claim, the one about the 100 prisoners and 2 lightbulbs led me to that "a-ha" moment (after about a full day of trying to figure it out) that comes as a result of intense concentration over an extended period of time. You won't get much real-life work done while immersing yourself in one of these brainteasers; in fact you will be totally distracted from it for the time being, which is part of the beauty of it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Riddle Book we all are looking for April 15, 2013
By Arthur
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Zack Guido has composed the best book of riddles I've seen. As the other reviewers said, the riddles are not the silly childish ones that barely make you smile nor are they the cheap tricky ones that don't test your reasoning at all. These riddles vary in difficulty from simple enough for most to difficult for everyone. They get more difficult as the book progresses, inviting you to challenge yourself as you begin to flex your mind.
I recommend this book for anyone who is new to riddles, has a slight interest in riddles, or even the old pro. I found myself enjoying the author's rewritten versions of old riddles I have heard before. The wording is clear and compelling.
A note on the format: the links to the solutions from each riddle is very handy, as the links back from the solutions are.
A well crafted piece of work in all aspects.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Conversation At Gatherings March 20, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Of Course The Greatest Collection of Riddles and Brainteasers For Expanding Your Mind by Zack Guido
is a challenging book on classic riddles and brainteasers which will cause you to think carefully about
fundamental questions of common sense, design and functionality. The questions involve looking at
problems logically while "thinking outside the box" at times.

One of the author's best brainteasers is the Redmond Question. The question asks why manhole
covers are round. All sorts of solutions can be presented to resolve this question. Here are a
few examples. For instance, a manhole cover is round because it covers the hole without
having to position the cover in any particular way. A physical scientist might say that the
manhole cover is round because that shape tolerates random stresses from the earth. Also,
metal expands in summer so that the expansion is more uniform and less exaggerated.

An engineering designer would indicate that it's easier to pour hot mold onto a circular shape
than a round one. In addition, the load is equally distributed so that individual stress points
are handled easily. Another common sense answer is that a round manhole cover can be
rolled instead of physically lifted.

Of Course The Greatest Collection of Riddles and Brainteasers For Expanding Your Mind
by Zack Guido is the perfect conversation piece at a party or gathering of friends. The
questions elicit logical and even some illogical arguments in favor of one point of view or
another. This book could cause hours of endless debate while sharpening skills to
view things spatially instead of just linearly. The presentation is easy to understand
and participants will go away with an entertaining and rewarding experience.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but falls short of expectations June 3, 2014
By rakesh
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The teasers are good. Some are really intriguing and not to mention informative.
However, i somehow find myself asking for more. Thats where the book falls short.
Having read several books on this topic, i can safely say that this was ana average publication.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I ENJOYED wracking my brain, sometimes for days, because I was too stubborn to check out the answer. If you like the torture of a good riddle, and something to take your mind off, well, real life, than I recommend this book. It's one you'll pick up and put down for a very long time, least you want your head to explode.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A challenging collection of brainteasers July 14, 2014
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I think I've always enjoyed solving brainteasers and logic puzzles, and now as I approach seventy years old, I think (and hope) that keeping an active mind will help to ward off senility. In any case, though, the brainteasers in Zack Guido's book are fun and challenging. I got the answers to some of them, but with many of the brainteasers, I had to look up the answers. But even having to read the answers was interesting, although I had a number of "Why didn't I think of that?" moments. The format of the book is ideal for this kind of material. After each brainteaser is a link to the answer, and after the answer is a link to return to the brainteaser. It makes looking up the answers when you're stumped very easy, and you can't accidentally see the answers to other brainteasers.

One of the 78 brainteasers, such as #3 "Fox Trotting," involved semantics ("How far can a fox run into the woods?"), but most required pure logic to figure out. In some of the brainteasers, like #6 "Circular Divisions," having a pencil and paper handy will help. The brainteasers don't require higher mathematics to solve, but I've seen one that used basic probability to find the answer.

You could probably find most of the brainteasers in the collection online, but having them all together in one book in a format where you don't have to worry about unintentionally seeing the answer is ideal for serious puzzle solvers.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Meh... I finished these puzzles in about ...
Meh...I finished these puzzles in about an hour.
Published 2 months ago by rrspyke
4.0 out of 5 stars short but good and worth a look
Short but good, this book of puzzles is much better than many others I've come across which are far too reliant on esoteric or dated content knowledge.
Published 2 months ago by Skeezix
4.0 out of 5 stars fun
very funny book and kepps me thinking
Published 2 months ago by Nickolaus Gonzales
3.0 out of 5 stars The person that received it liked it.
Just Flipped through it as it was a gift. The person that received it liked it.
Published 3 months ago by Omar
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it. great riddles
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift for my boyfriend who is obsessed with brain teasers ...
Gift for my boyfriend who is obsessed with brain teasers. There were a few that he knew, but several that he had never heard of!
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Bargardi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Clever. Great Book
Published 4 months ago by laurel
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as I expected.
I didn't find this to be amusing. I know most people enjoyed it from the high ratings, but not for me.
Published 4 months ago by Basspro
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed these. It was fun
Published 4 months ago by splash
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought it for my 12 year old nephew he ...
I bought it for my 12 year old nephew he was reading us riddles all night it was a hit
Published 4 months ago by Katherine Howard
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More About the Author

Lifelong fascination with puzzles, riddles, brain teasers, recreational math, games - the whole suite.

There were many times growing up where my dad would ask me a little trick question, a small riddle, some cutesy limerick he made up. This was formative in many ways, but everything changed in a bigger way when he brought home a game from the store called "Mind Trap" - a total catalyst for my mind and for how I thought about things.

We never played the game the way you were meant to play it; we just would sit down on the couch at night and he would read the cards to me and I would try and figure them out. The questions were a broad mix of linguistic word play, straight logic, recreational math, and classic problem solving in a Sherlock Holmes style.

In a way, I believe I could reduce my entire life and fascinations down to a simple two-component equation:

Mind Trap + Encyclopedia Brown = Life


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