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Will Shortz's Puzzle Master Workout Paperback – September 18, 2012
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Wei-Hwa Huang is an award-winning American puzzler and member of the U.S. Team for the World Puzzle Federation. Huang was a member of the United States International Math Olympiad team in 1992 and 1993, where he was awarded a Silver Medal both years. Huang was a Putnam Fellow in 1993 and has won the annual World Puzzle Championship on four occasions: 1995 and 19971999. He also won the 2008 Sudoku National Championship.
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Then you are presented with puzzles from the US National Championship, the actual test used to select the USA team members to the annual World Puzzle Championship (WPC). Lastly, puzzles from the actual World Championships are given. With a healthy number of hints, tips and full solutions, essentially this is like a guided handbook from starting out trying to solve a puzzle type, improve your skills at it, and then sending you off the actual WPC.
Every puzzle is given a `benchmark' or the solving time you are trying to aim for. There's the beginner's goal, the expert's goal and the record time displayed by the test solvers. I should mention here that the test solvers are a batch of world champions so expect to see a record time of something like 34 seconds for a puzzle that usually takes 10+ minutes.
Now you might be eager to know, what kind of puzzles do appear in this book. Although the list of logic puzzle types easily extends to over 100 or even 200, or even more including plays on variants, it is no surprise that a WPC participant may be exposed to over 100+ puzzle types in one sitting. That's not very welcoming for one who's starting out, so this book narrows that list down to just over 20 and includes some variants in the mix.Read more ›