- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (December 31, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806943815
- ISBN-13: 978-0806943817
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,603,718 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Puzzles For The High IQ Paperback – December 31, 1996
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This book contains refreshingly new and and innovative/ingenuitive puzzles. These aren't your average, rehashed cliché's found in most like-minded books out there. I have owned several puzzle books in my time and none other can bear comparison to the unequivocal amount of wit and dexterity that Lloyd provides. Not only are his puzzles a bit of a mental tilt-a-whirl, but they are also *Fun*!
Lloyd King is a real creative person.
They might be intended to help you think outside the box, but they do that by redefining the box -- by a sort of "cheating." It's as though the author is determined that you will fail - and will mislead you in order to ensure your failure.
Take Puzzle 9, CAT, for an example. A sketchy outline of a cat is shown, drawn with little sticks, in a walking position facing the left side of the page. You are instructed to move five of the little sticks to change the drawing "to leave another cat going in the opposite direction." You could spend an hour trying to redraw the cat to face right by repositioning just five sticks. It's not going to happen. Is it on some level amusing to mislead the people you are instructing? Because that's what this is. The solution shows the sticks moved so that they spell out the word CAT. The c is small and at the top right, the A lower, and the T lower than the A. So you could say that the word CAT is going in a different direction. But it's certainly not going in the "opposite" direction, as the instructions stated.
So when you look at the solutions, you don't think, "Wow, why didn't I think of that!" you think, "That's not fair!!" An exercise in frustration, not IQ, is what you get.