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Art Puzzles by Numbers is the most electrifying new kind of puzzle to come along in many years. These beguiling puzzles already have millions of devoted fans in Japan, where they were invented years ...
Art Puzzles by Numbers is the most electrifying new kind of puzzle to come along in many years. These beguiling puzzles already have millions of devoted fans in Japan, where they were invented years ago. And now Art Puzzles by Numbers has been introduced to the United States where its popularity is growing enormously.
The concept is cleverly simple. You start with an empty grid. The numbers to the side and above tell you "how many" squares to fill in the columns and rows. The trick is that the numbers don't tell you "which" squares to fill in-that's for you to decide through logical reasoning and by operating back and forth between the columns and the rows.
Unlike the crossword puzzle, when you have finished one of these "picture logic" puzzles correctly, you've made a picture!
Complete instructions are included along with 85 puzzles ranging from easy to hard. You will find puzzles of animals, sports, holidays and many, many other things that will peak the curiosity in kids, adults and seniors.
Solving a Sample Puzzle
The numbers on the left of each row and at the top of each column tell you “how many” squares to fill in for that particular row or column. Once you know “how many” squares are to be filled in, your challenge is to reason “which ones.”
The simplest example is in single-digit rows and columns. (Rows in the grid are designated by capital letters, Columns by lowercase letters, as shown in the sample puzzle.) In row D, which contains 15 blank squares, there is only one number, “12"— indicating that by the time this 10 x 15 square puzzle is complete, row D will have a solid block of 12 consecutive squares filled in and 3 squares empty. But which 12?
If you start at the left and count 12 squares (as in example 1), you leave 3 empty squares to the right, but if you start at the right (as in example 2), you leave the empty squares on the left. Okay, now you will notice that whether you start right or left, the 9 squares in the middle will be filled in (showing in example 3). There’s no way to avoid it. When there’s a single number in a row and that number is greater than half the number of squares in the line, you can always fill in one or more center squares.
Now you can fill in those “overlap” 9 squares of the sample puzzle, then find the other rows or columns where this principle applies and fill in the appropriate center squares (confirm your moves in the next paragraph). You may find it helpful to mark an X for the squares you KNOW will be empty. Okay, now you’ve filled in the middle 13 squares of row E and the middle squares of column j. But what about rows or columns with more than one digit? In row F, “2 7 2" tells you that there will be three groups that will contain, in order, 2, 7 and 2 consecutive black squares. The fact that the numbers are separated tells you that there is at least 1 empty square between each set of black squares . . .
TIPS AND INSTRUCTION
Part 1. WARMING UP. . . .
Part 2. THINK YOU'RE READY?. . . .
Part 3. OKAY—GO FOR IT. . . .
Part 4. THE BIG TIME. . . .
AND FINALLY, CREATE YOUR OWN
Posted September 22, 2003
I loved these puzzles and have given them as gifts to family and friends. I keep getting calls to see if there are other puzzle books from this author. The paper is of good quality as evidenced by the fact that we have erased them over and over so we could do them again and again. Wonderful book! Very addicting!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 7, 2003
I have searched high and low for a puzzle book as entertaining and challenging as this one. This is only the second one I have found of it's kind. Whenever I find a spare moment, I pull it out. I completed most of the puzzles long ago, but continue to erase and redo them. The paper is of a high quality that makes this possible, unlike those other newspaper types. I highly recommend this book. I am hoping for and anxiously awaiting the next Art Puzzles by Number from Kathy Tucker!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 18, 2001
THIS IS THE FIRST PUZZLE BOOK THAT I HAVE EVER BEEN STUMPED BY. IT TOOK ME A WHILE TO LEARN THE BASICS. HOWEVER AFTER REVIEWING THE INSTRUCTIONS AGAIN I WAS ABLE TO GET STARTED AND COMPLETE THE BEGINNING PUZZLES. I FOUND THEM TO BE VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. IT REQUIRED MATH AND DEDUCTIVE REASONING SKILLS AND A LOT OF PATIENCE. IT WAS FUN TO WATCH THE PICTURES DEVELOP. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS TO STUDENTS AND EDUCATERS AS A TOOL TO LEARN PROBLEM SOLVING. I DO THINK IT REQUIRES AN ABOVE AVERAGE INTELLIGENCE TO SOLVE THE UPPER LEVEL PUZZLES AND I HOPE TO ADVANCE MY SKILLS TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE MORE DIFFICULT PUZZLES.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.