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Puzzle Box, Volume 1 Paperback – November 16, 2016
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The other contributors to this volume are Andrea Gilbert, a software engineer and puzzle designer with a lifelong interest in route-finding puzzles and logic mazes; Donald Knuth, whose absolute domain is algorithms and their analysis, in keeping with his status as Professor Emeritus of The Art of Computer Programming at Stanford University; Erich Friedman, Associate Professor of Mathematics and ex-Chair of the Math and Computer Science Department at Stetson University, with a penchant for weightings and moving pieces, among others; Bram Cohen, whose skills as a computer programmer in no way contend with his active creative talent in devising puzzles in varying forms and genres and his participation in puzzle projects; Ed Pegg, Jr., who, in addition to working at Wolfram MathWorld and writing for the MAA online, is an expert on math puzzles and a recreational mathematician; Harry Nelson, who doesn’t allow his mathematical editing and computer programming skills to get in the way of his longtime interest in puzzles of all kinds, which has resulted in him becoming a devoted puzzle inventor; Richard Candy, whose lifelong interest in puzzle solving has recently inspired him to compose puzzles himself; and Shelly Hazard, whose skills as an accomplished hardware writer with a highly technical background have stood her in good stead in becoming an active creator of original logic and word puzzles, however disparate her interests might appear.
The puzzles contained in Puzzle Box, Volume 1 include 3D puzzles, chess puzzles, connections, dissections, folding, geometrical puzzles, logic problems, matchstick puzzles, mazes, moving pieces, number puzzles, put-togethers, strimko, sudoku, visual puzzles, weightings, and word puzzles. Each puzzle has its difficulty level indicated, with the range stretching from 2 to 5, though the most common puzzles are three-star. That many of these puzzles can constructively be used for time-out exercises in the average classroom is clear, so if you are a math educator, be well advised to get yourself a copy for when you wish to take a break from active teaching. Your students are just as likely as you are to appreciate the freshness of the diverse approaches to problem-solving that you encounter here!
The book has a brief bio of the thirteen contributors, and identifies which puzzle each contributor contributed; a one-page introduction telling readers that there are seventeen different kinds of puzzles in the book, such as 3D puzzles, logic puzzles, number puzzles; that the book states each puzzle is marked by stars 2 to 5 with the average difficulty being puzzles in level 3. The introduction gives further information about the puzzles, the introduction is short, as it should be, only ¾ of a page long.
An example of a two-star puzzle is a showing of 15 figures that are combined with the goal to divide the shape into five identical parts.
After showing the puzzles from pages 8-72, the book gives the solutions on pages 74-95.
Both the puzzles and solutions are presented in a clear, easy to understand and enjoy fashion.
I've bought puzzle books from Penny Press for years. They're like candy and go down easy. There is a repetition in their puzzles that offers a familiarity but also boredom at times.
This book is full of fairly unique, thought provoking and interesting puzzles with very little repetition of style. They are well done and beautifully illustrated.
Each puzzle is rated from 2 to 5 stars for difficulty. For the puzzles I've worked on, the rating is pretty accurate. There is a great blend, perfect for a newbie to feel challenged but not frustrated and for the advanced puzzler to feel a sense of accomplishment when getting through the more difficult.
Most of the puzzles are standard types but with ingenious twists. These will be appreciated by experienced puzzle solvers looking for a fresh take on a familiar theme. Less experienced solvers might do better starting with a more standard (but still original) collection like The Big, Big, Big Book of Brainteasers. There's no reason a novice wouldn't enjoy this book, but for full appreciation the reader should have seen other puzzles of the same sort.
There are word, logic, geometric, maze and other puzzle types; including some one-of-a-kind puzzles. My only mild criticism is that the difficulty ratings (one to five stars) are not consistent. Of course, there's always some subjectivity to that as there are different types of difficulty, some puzzles require insight, others are solved by methodical algorithms; and if you pick the wrong approach an easy problem can become hard. But in this book the relation between rating and solving effort seemed less accurate than usual.
I recommend this book highly for everyone, but especially for experienced puzzle solvers.