Brain Bend is a unique book featuring 25 wild, vibrant, architecturally themed mazes, along with black-and-white versions of the same artwork for coloring in. Artist and illustrator Mister Mourao's stunning, mind-bending designs, which range in style from joyfully freeform to impressively structured, offer a stimulating visual challenge to maze and coloring enthusiasts. Includes maze solutions at the back of the book.
Perforated pages make it easy to remove the designs, and high-quality, heavy, uncoated paper make them a pleasure to solve and color.
In December 1913, the New York World newspaper published the first crossword in history. It appeared in their Sunday supplement, "Fun." A century later, this absorbing puzzle continues to attract (and infuriate) millions of devotees every day. But the world's most popular--and seemingly mundane--pastime has a surprising history, filled with intrigue and adventure.
Paolo Bacilieri's FUN transports us from turn-of-the-century New York to present-day Milan, taking in stories of ingenious puzzle makers, ardent solvers, and intellectual luminaries. Part detective story, part docudrama, and interlaced with a fiction of Bacilieri's own imagining, FUN questions the crossword's "harmless" status. Sure, it's fun--but could it also be a form of resistance, of cryptic communication, of espionage?
- The earliest recorded examples, legends, and mazes in the ancient world
- Mazes used as sacred rituals and symbols that take us beyond the natural world
- Turf, stone, hedge, and garden mazes, and sites of communal rustic revels
- The modern revival, with mazes taken to forms never previously imagined
- Finding the best hand
- The use of defensive tools
- To Expose or not to Expose and why
- Determining an opponent's hand
- And much more...
This intriguing collection contains more than 275 optical illusions that appear to change before your eyes. Al Seckel carefully selected both well-known images, such as Shepard's tabletop, Wade's spiral, Ames room and Rubin's face/vase, and many lesser-known, but no less effective, illusions.
Every type of optical illusion is here, along with notes about the science of each visual perception and how the illusions work. Among the baffling images and shapes are:
With illusions rendered in photography, artwork and computer imaging, and a huge variety of themes and effects, Optical Illusions dazzles both the mind and the eye.
Our third cryptogram Pocket Posh puzzle collection challenges word lovers and code breakers to 100 classic cipher puzzles.These Cryptograms are classic ciphers that offer a fun challenge yet are easy enough to solve by hand. Each encrypted puzzle is not too easy, not too hard - a code lover's delight Pocket Posh Cryptograms 3 is part of a best-selling series featuring highly stylized, embellished covers and boasting 5 million copies in print. A free trial subscription to The Puzzle Society adds extra value.
UNBORED Games has all the smarts, creativity, and DIY spirit of the original UNBORED ("It's a book It's a guide It's a way of life " -Los Angeles Magazine), but with a laser-like focus on the activities we do for pure fun: to while away a rainy day, to test our skills and stretch our imaginations-games. There are more than seventy games here, 50 of them all new, plus many more recommendations, and they cover the full gambit, from old-fashioned favorites to today's high-tech games. The book offers a gold mine of creative, constructive fun: intricate clapping games, bike rodeo, Google Earth challenges, croquet golf, capture the flag, and the best ever apps to play with Grandma, to name only a handful. Gaming is a whole culture for kids to explore, and the book will be complete with gaming history and interviews with awesome game designers. The lessons here: all games can be self-customized, or hacked. You can even make up your own games. Some could even change the world.The original UNBORED has taken its place as a much beloved, distinctly contemporary family brand. UNBORED Games extends the franchise -- also including UNBORED Adventure -- in a new handy flexibound format, illustrated in full color throughout. This is a whole shelf of serious fun the whole family can enjoy indoors, outdoors, online and offline.
In what detention block was Princess Leia held? What was the diameter of the Death Star? Who retrieved C-3P0's head in the Battle of Geonosis? These questions and more will challenge even the most die-hard Star Wars(R) fans. Now available in paperback, this bestselling trivia book of 2,500 original questions covering little-known facts, entertaining quotes, and tough trivia from Star Wars(R) Episodes I-VI is the ultimate test for the true Star Wars(R) devotee.(c) and TM Lucasfilm Ltd. Used Under Authorization