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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Puzzlewright (January 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402778813
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402778810
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #833,447 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Lethal Lateral Thinking Puzzles Book is organized in 3 parts - Puzzles, Clues and Answers. The puzzles are topically "lethal" - involving someone's death (e.g. -man saw a fish and shot himself, why?). The puzzle presents a sequence of events that we need to logically allow for by creating a story (or solving the puzzle). The Puzzle statement is broad enough that any number of stories can usually fulfill the puzzle given that we make enough assumptions or creatively fulfill the puzzle statement. The Clues help us narrow our stories down or see if we are going in a different train of thought than the authors. Now, together with the Puzzle statement and the Clues - our possibilities are drastically narrowed and we are led to thinking toward the answers (restricting our choices to a single or a couple of stories). This is somewhat difficult and presents a creative challenge for us to add details that give logic to the sequence of events to come up with our final answer! However, when we see the final answer, it involves so many twists and additional details that we may wonder if we would have come up with something similar in any case. When we put all of them together -the answers, clues and puzzle statement - everything makes sense and fits together perfectly, but the puzzle statements and clues do not necessarily lend themselves to these answers. There could be alternate answers as well, as acknowledged by the authors in the preface.

Overall, I think the book helps us to think creatively - the puzzles and clues are akin to telling us parts of a crime novel or a mystery movie and asking us to come up with the rest of the story.
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I'm a fan of Sloane and MacHale since 1995.
Disappointingly for long-time fans is that, in the past couple of years, their lateral puzzle books
seem to be recycling material previously in older volumes.
This book is a reprint from multiple old titles - if, like me, you own older volumes, avoid
repeating your purchase.

For newcomers: 5 stars.
Lateral puzzles are situational problems that makes the reader guess the feasible explanation to the scenario in question. An example, also shown on the back cover:
A man waved a cloth and another man died. Why?

Answer: The man who died was shot in a duel. The man who waved the cloth gave the signal that
the two duelists could commence.
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I like this book. It has a lot of good puzzles. Fun for long road trips or just for killing time waiting in lines. Some of them I have heard before, but there are a lot I have not head of before. It splits this book up into three sections: Riddles, Hints, and Answers. The hints are handy without giving too much away.
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Lethal Lateral Thinking Puzzles is a fun and infuriating collection of murder puzzles. Suitable for plenty of occasions, they make for an enjoyable and addictive afternoon on your own, or they are even better when played with friends or family, with one person reading the answer and giving clues, while others ask questions and try to solve the puzzle. These puzzle books are addictive and continue to delight!
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