Are You As Smart As You Think?: 150 Original Mathematical, Logical, and Spatial-Visual Puzzles for All Levels of Puzzle Solvers

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Everyone who is fascinated by logic, spatial-visual and/or math puzzles knows Terry Stickles' name. His puzzles have tantalized and often stumped not only super-adept puzzle mavens, but the rest of us. He has published books, puzzles, articles about puzzling, and sets of puzzle cards — all eagerly snapped up by those thousands who can't get enough of brainteasers. His puzzles have appeared on National Public Radio's puzzle program, in Discover and Games Magazines, and he was ...

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Overview

Everyone who is fascinated by logic, spatial-visual and/or math puzzles knows Terry Stickles' name. His puzzles have tantalized and often stumped not only super-adept puzzle mavens, but the rest of us. He has published books, puzzles, articles about puzzling, and sets of puzzle cards — all eagerly snapped up by those thousands who can't get enough of brainteasers. His puzzles have appeared on National Public Radio's puzzle program, in Discover and Games Magazines, and he was asked to provide challenges for the recent World Puzzle Convention.

But one trait in particular sets Stickles' teasers above so many others: every one is original. Stickles agrees that recycling is a public duty, but not, he says, when it comes to puzzles. So whether one starts at the beginning section of So You Think You're Smart, Huh? where the author is kind enough to launch us with more gentle challenges (but still challenges, and don't forget it!) or the latter section, where he gets really tough, the reader will find wonderful fun, refreshing brain workouts, and the deep satisfaction of matching wits with the country's most prominent puzzlemaker —and coming out ahead. Sometimes.

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To answer the title question, I must say yes because I looked at the first couple of pages and knew I was in over my head. I pondered the puzzle of how to review a book filled with mathematical, logical, and spatial-visual puzzles when I struggled with the first few warm-ups. I could claim my 50 rule, but was that fair and besides I do not believe I could attain that number in the next millennium. Puzzle solved when I turned to Mikey (my spouse), turned on my charm, and said to my numerically brilliant husband (he understands matrix algebra a matrix to me is a movie): "please leisurely (like in a few hours) look at Mr. Stickels' book and tell me what you think". Mikey loves it. He enjoyed most of the puzzles, which he tells me varies in types and difficulty. He swears that one need not be Einstein, but be patient to attain immense pleasure from these entertaining and interesting puzzles that Mr. Stickels' book contains. Now if Mikey was always so easy to please except he is pressuring me to credit him for this review that I wrote. So be it. 150 puzzles -- "Mr." Harriet Klausner
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312209117
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/16/2000
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.64 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2005

    How does he do it...?

    Terry Stickles has a brilliant mind and I often wonder how he is able to have such a command over BOTH sides of his brain - he shows his creativity repeatedly in his logical/spatial-visual puzzles, yet his 'math puzzles' are unparalleled. These puzzles are original and he truly shows his passion for his work this way -- I know people of all ages who enjoy them, and now all of my co-workers are absolutely hooked on the word games. These books make an amazing gift - my nephew does the puzzles over and over, and I have been told that they are a great asset in the classroom to add some fun to related topics. I can't recommend his work enough - it is so refreshing to see someone take their intelligence and craft it into something that shows their 'smarts' as well as creativity, furthering what I once thought was a lost art. I hope he comes out with some new work for the holidays SOON!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2000

    Stunning Foray Into Thinking Skills

    Being a teacher, this wonderful book offers some of the most challenging yet fun approaches to critical thinking skills I've seen... all through the use of extremely clever puzzles. This book will be referred to for years to come.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Great puzzle book

    To answer the title question, I must say yes because I looked at the first couple of pages and knew I was in over my head. I pondered the puzzle of how to review a book filled with mathematical, logical, and spatial-visual puzzles when I struggled with the first few warm-ups. I could claim my 50 rule, but was that fair and besides I do not believe I could attain that number in the next millennium. Puzzle solved when I turned to Mikey (my spouse), turned on my charm, and said to my numerically brilliant husband (he understands matrix algebra ¿ a matrix to me is a movie): ¿please leisurely (like in a few hours) look at Mr. Stickels¿ book and tell me what you think¿. <P>Mikey loves it. He enjoyed most of the puzzles, which he tells me varies in types and difficulty. He swears that one need not be Einstein, but be patient to attain immense pleasure from these entertaining and interesting puzzles that Mr. Stickels¿ book contains. <P>Now if Mikey was always so easy to please except he is pressuring me to credit him for this review that I wrote. So be it. <P>¿Mr.¿ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2000

    The Best Puzzle Book Ever

    Simply put, this is the best collection of puzzles I've ever seen and I've spent a lifetime buying puzzle books. There are original puzzles here that aren't in other puzzle books. From word games that Stickels calls 'research puzzles' to THIKEROBICS to the absolutely best spatial/visual puzzles ever, every puzzle lover will find something to enjoy. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

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