- Paperback: 96 pages
- Publisher: Sterling (5 May 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806905530
- ISBN-13: 978-0806905532
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.6 x 21 cm
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I occasionally dip into these two collections just for the fun of them or, sometimes, when I need to jolt my own aging mind into more creative thinking processes. Some of the puzzles are downright easy to solve, some require a bit of brain power, while others seem a bit ludicrous in their difficulty. However, this is fun, albeit tricky, stuff! And a great way to spend an otherwise idle, lazy Sunday afternoon.
Review written by June J. McInerney, author of "The Basset Chronicles", "Cats of Nine Tales", and "Adventures of Oreigh Ogglefont".
"Great Lateral Thinking Puzzles" was a fun, challenging puzzle book. Although they can be done individually, it's best to do the puzzles with other people since the clues aren't always helpful. Most of the puzzles in the first section, Tempting Puzzles, are very easy, starting with the first puzzle "A Fishy Tale" and including "The Book". However, some of the puzzles are problematic. "Church Bells II" needed more information; "Bill and Ben" was not plausible; and the puzzles "The Missing Brick" and "A Strange Flight" make no sense and should have been left out. Some of the puzzles in the Intriguing Section are also easy, but a couple of them required real lateral thinking and were quite enjoyable ("The Banker", "Bridge Crossing", "The Seven Year Itch" and "An Irish Puzzle"). The puzzles in the Grisly Section seem based more on urban legend than real life, notably "A Shocking Discovery" and "The Dog Choker". The diabolical puzzles are indeed difficult, but some of them are made more difficult because they need more information, especially "Suitcase for Hire" and "The Torn Cheque". Also, the last puzzle, "A Puzzling Attack" isn't as cute as the authors think it is. One particularly frustrating aspect of the book is that the puzzles don't list what page the clues and answers are on, which means lots of rifling through pages to find the clues and answers.
For the most part, "Great Lateral Thinking Puzzles" is a fun puzzle book.
The puzzles in this book truly make you think! They're delightful to solve. It's absolutely addicting. Once you read the first, you can't put the book down till you've tried to solve the rest. In fact, you want another of his lateral thinking books after reading this--which is why we have all that he has written so far! Intriguing and challenging--these lateral thinking puzzles will delight expert puzzle lovers and novices alike.
"During a wedding reception, the father of the bride found that his wallet was missing. How did he find out who had taken it?"
"Solution" according to this book:
"Two weeks later, when the couple returned from their honeymoon, the whole family sat down to watch the wedding video. They were horrified to see, caught on camera, the groom stealing the father-in-law's wallet."
Really??? Perhaps it's just me, but I fail to see how this "solution" is any better than, say, "the father-in-law saw who took it out of the corner of his eye" or "he asked people, 'Where's my wallet?' and someone told him that the groom took it."
Many of the "puzzles" have similarly inelegant "solutions."