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One-Minute Mysteries and Brain Teasers: Good Clean Puzzles for Kids of All Ages Paperback – September 1, 2007


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736919422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736919425
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,058,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sandy Silverthorne has been writing and illustrating books since 1988. His award-winning Great Bible Adventure children's series sold more than 180,000 copies and has been distributed worldwide in eight languages. He's worked with Focus on the Family, Universal Studios, and the Charlotte Hornets. John Warner has been fascinated by detectives and mysteries ever since he was old enough to read. He holds a degree in business administration and operates his own video production business. He and his wife, Kristin, and their three children live in Oregon.

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Customer Reviews

I have the students read every day for the first few minutes of class.
J. E. Stephens
Just an endless flip to the back so you can find out what off the wall situation the author dreamed up to make the solution fit.
Eric P. Schwaderer
Each one can have thier own answer for for each of it and seems really very silly.
CB

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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Eric P. Schwaderer on February 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
I agree with the reviewer about giving it 0 stars! I received this as a Christmas gift from the wife because I enjoy puzzles. I did NOT enjoy this book. I read the first couple of teasers and couldn't believe someone got paid to write this. Here is an abbreviated example from the book: "Q: How did the golfer lose his golf ball in plain sight? A: It rained hail the size of golf balls." No kidding! Usually the puzzles are short and without any detail and the answers amount to guessing using the inane clues from the back of the book. There is no critical thinking involved with reading this book. Just an endless flip to the back so you can find out what off the wall situation the author dreamed up to make the solution fit. Not for adults with a full complement of brain cells and please don't dumb-down your children by "challenging" them with this garbage.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mom of 4 on October 7, 2009
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I got this for my daughter and it has already gone to the goodwill. Reaching? They come up with answers based on nothing. They just pull solutions out of the clear blue sky without any content hints. The final mystery goes into all this detail about being locked out of the house in the garage with they keys in the car, the garage door down, and the car running. How will you get the keys to get into the house and how will you get back into the car? Solution? It is a convertable, and the top was down so you can just reach in and get them. HUH???? There are no hints that would lead you to this, none. I read it to my husband and he agreed. There is no logic to them. I read about 20 pages of this and there were about 3 decent pages out of 30.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By CB on June 21, 2009
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This books seems real silly - so called brain teasers have no meaning. Each one can have thier own answer for for each of it and seems really very silly. Not even one single puzzle has some logic in it ! Waste of money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed Bailey on September 9, 2012
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Our family enjoys logic puzzles and brain teasers, and I purchased this book to find some new puzzles for our seven and nine year old sons. Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the book. Many of the puzzles do not have logical answers - in other words, you can't arrive at the answers through reasoning and dedcution. Random answers to obscure questions are, ironcially, very illogical. There are many other books with this topic that are much more interesting and engaging.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Don, 40 something professional on February 23, 2008
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My family and I (wife and 12 yr old son, 9 yr old daughter and 7 yr old daughter) enjoy reading the mysteries in a group and working together attempting to solve the mysteries. Although I think the mysteries would be very challenging for the average child 11 or under teens and up may enjoy the mysteries without becoming frustrated.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Tholl on May 14, 2009
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I have to agree with all E. Schwzderer's review. The set ups are far too short and sparse to make the given answers even close to being the only logical explanations.
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Most puzzles here can have multiple answers, which isn't exactly what this genre is about. In good puzzles, there is only one answer because the author takes care to give clues in the problem itself that eliminate all other answers. Here, the problems are so short that you can come up with multiple answers, all equally good. So, the way to have fun with this is to change the rules. Say, take a puzzle and think of as many ways as possible to solve it. This will be fun. P.S. I liked some of the puzzles that other reviewers mentioned as awful. Say, the one with a convertible: that was clever! We were never told the car is NOT a convertible, so we had no reason to think it was. This is the point of such puzzles -- to make us aware of the many assumptions we make when we solve puzzles.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Bill on September 27, 2009
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The beauty of brain teasers is that the answer is obvious when you hear it. The more obvious that there is a single (albeit elusive) answer, the more fun the brain teaser. In the case of the first group of stories in this book, a few of them had answers that just seem to be pulled randomly. I won't provide any examples because I don't want to spoil the book but my children and I found that the brain teasers just weren't that enjoyable. After a dozen or so, we just put the book aside. We love brain teasers in my house but we didn't love this book.
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