Curious About Puzzles

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Paul Holmes

£2.85 (price varies from shop to shop)

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In this little ebook, we will have a look at a few different sorts of puzzles, with many original ones (first published on the New Curiosity Shop website) interspersed with the odd quiz questions (to keep your memory muscle amused), lateral thinking puzzles and wordy interludes and few of the better known puzzles and riddles from history with a little background to their origins.

My favourite puzzles are those where the simplicity of the question belies the complexity of the answer (such as the ‘Whispered Numbers’) or where there appears to be insufficient information (such as ‘What’s the Date?’ or ‘Mr Bramley’s Apple’).

I hope you enjoy these assorted brain teasers.

Paul-Holmes_267x400Paul has been writing puzzles for many years. Equally intrigued by anagrams and word puzzles, mathematical conundrums, logical enigmas and lateral thinking problems, Paul enjoys solving puzzles almost as much as setting them.

Born and bred in Yorkshire, he has had a varied career, being an accountancy trainee, and astronomy student in Newcastle and Edinburgh, a post-doc physics researcher in Oxford, a businessman in the packaging trade in Bradford and a personal tutor in Ilkley, but throughout it all his fascination with puzzles has remained undimmed.

He still gives talks on Astronomy, plays racketball badly and has a fondness for real ale. He lives in Yorkshire with his lovely Scottish wife and ageing dog.

Want to try a puzzle? Here’s an intriguing word search

How many concealed countries from around the world are you able to uncover in the following story? There are 27 lurking in here.

I needed a holiday in order to renew zeal and interest in my job. In their eagerness to help, the travel agency sold me a package to go on safari in Africa, which I naturally leapt at.

At the tiny airstrip the pilot descended to land, or rather, attempted to land in the bush. Tumbling from the tiny plane, facing the wind, I almost fainted when I noticed a lion cub about to pounce. I cautiously observed the animal in the tree, but as I was unwell, suffering from swollen glands, I kept a safe distance, then I geriatrically hobbled away. The pilot, who was also acting as our guide, advised us to give the animal a wide berth, even though only a young cub. ‘Fix it in the eye, men ‘ he instructed dramatically, but it was too late. It pounced, scratching the pilot badly, and in his pain, he gestured to a drab hut and started to sprint on gallantly to the safety of the building. Although I had experienced danger many times before, I ran for shelter. Once inside, I decided to double check my insurance renewal, especially since one of our number had been injured already. I was in danger of losing the money that I bet on emerging unscathed from this safari. I would either have to give up or tug alarmingly at my reserves of courage to carry on. I had been expecting to see impala, ostrich, adders and other exotic wildlife. We ate supper unusually early that evening, in the hopes of seeing a bonobo or perhaps a moa in the inspiring ambiance that is Central Africa.

If you want to find out if you are correct, you will find the answer in the book *mischievous grin*