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Hall of Fame Lateral Thinking Puzzles: Albatross Soup and Dozens of Other Classics Paperback – May 3, 2011
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About the Author
Paul Sloane studied engineering at Cambridge University and works in software marketing. His passion for lateral puzzles started when he met a dwarf standing on a block of ice in an elevator. Des MacHale is Associate Professor of Mathematics at University College in Cork. He is the author of over 40 books, including one on George Boole of Boolean algebra fame.
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Top Customer Reviews
One question requires you to assume that a hotel room filling with smoke has a bathroom with an extending, flexible shower hose to use as a breathing apparatus. I guess the author won't give a gold star to anyone who breaks the window, stays low to the ground, covers his mouth with a wet shirt, sleeps to slow his breathing, or any number of plausible solutions to the problem.
But wait, it gets better. An ornithologist saw a rare bird, was upset, and then was frightened. Why? Let's see...it flew into his face? No, that would be silly and factually unsupported. The correct answer: because the bird flew into his jet engine which caused a crash. That's right, dear reader; you have to pretend the man is trapped in a Michael Bay film in order to be a "lateral thinker."
I don't usually write reviews. But to invite speculation, pretend it is the only answer, and then give it a label reserved for remarkable intellect, is insulting to anyone who tries to "solve" these puzzles.
So, while they are tricky and tease you to think creatively, they are not to be used for purely exercising your logical muscles independent of prior factual/verbal knowledge as some puzzle books are! Good as a coffee table book or conversation starters with friends and family!
A man went to the store and bought all the frozen peas they had in stock. He then went to every other store in the city and bought all the frozen peas they had in stock. He then drove to all the surrounding towns and went to their stores and bought all the frozen peas they had in stock. He kept doing this until he ran out of money. Why did he buy all these frozen peas?
The man was my uncle that went insane from working in an old fashion hat factory and he loved cold green things and he just won the lottery.
Now if you can read that question and spend the next 10-15 minutes trying to think of a serious logical answer, read the clues which usually don't help, and NOT be tempted to throw the book into a fire after reading the answer...then go ahead and buy this book because there's a lot of these kinds of questions in the book.
There are some clever puzzles but I'd say they only make up about 25% of the questions. Some are even legitimate lateral thinking ones and as you begin to "get" it you're able to start answering them. But it just has too many of these stupid random story ones that nobody can answer. You just start to give up and not even read the clues and just go straight to the answer half the time.
2 stars for the real puzzles that actually get you thinking and doesn't just jerk you around with a stupid answer.