By Derrick Niederman

Calling all puzzlers...

From arithmetic to be aware puzzles, from good judgment to lateral pondering, veteran puzzle maker Derrick Niederman delights in tackling the trickiest brainteasers in a brand new approach. one of the outdated chestnuts he cracks vast open are the subsequent classics:

Knights and knaves
The monk and the mountain
The dominoes and the chessboard
The unforeseen striking
The Tower of Hanoi

Using real-world analogies, infectious humor, and a clean method, this deceptively basic quantity will problem, amuse, enlighten, and shock even the main skilled puzzle solver.

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