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Exercise Your Mind: Puzzles, Riddles, and Brain-Teasers

Do you love a good brain-twister? Can't walk away from a mind-boggler? Look no further; this is the list for you. Exercise your mind by unraveling the logic tangles found in these books.

You can also exercise your mind by participating in our summer reading program! For more information, visit thelibrary.org/exerciseyourmind

 

 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges Specially Designed to Keep Your Brain Young, by Nancy Linde

Organized on an increasing scale of difficulty from "Warm-up" to "Merciless," here are 399 puzzles, trivia quizzes, brainteasers, and word games that are both fun and engaging to play, and are expertly designed to give your brain the kind of workout that stimulates neurogenesis, the process of rejuvenating the brain by growing new brain cells.

 

 Brain Candy: Science, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Logic, and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons, by Garth Sundem

These delicious and nutritious pages are packed with bits of bite-sized goodness swiped from the bleeding edge of brain science (including the reason why reading these words is changing your hippocampus at this very moment!) Shelved alongside these succulent neurological nuggets are challenging puzzles and paradoxes, eye-opening perception tests and hacks, fiendish personality quizzes and genius testers, and a grab bag of recurring treats including Eye Hacks, Algebraic Eight Ball, iDread, Wild Kingdom, and Logic of Illogic. 

 

 The Puzzle Universe: A History of Mathematics in 315 Puzzles, by Ivan Moscovich

The Puzzle Universe is intended for general readers and devoted puzzlers. It is about the latent beauty of mathematics, its history, and the puzzles that have advanced and emerged from the science of numbers. It is full of challenging historical facts, thinking puzzles, paradoxes, illusions, and problem solving.   

 

 Tutankhamun's Book of Puzzles: Riddles & Enigmas Inspired by the Great Pharaoh, by Tim Dedopulos

Start solving Egyptian style! Stunningly designed, Tutankhamun's Book of Puzzles recreates the world of the famous boy Pharaoh through 125 riddles, puzzles, and enigmas fit for a king, but suitable for the family. The beautifully illustrated conundrums feature hieroglyphics and iconic images--like pyramids and sphinxes--dating back to 3150 BC. Discover the spirit of Ancient Egypt in brain-challengers that include "The Labyrinth," "The Temple of Anubis," and "The Priest's Estate."

 

 5 Minute Mysteries, by Ken Weber

Each book contains more than 30 baffling cases, each with an ingenious solution guaranteed to challenge and entertain. Best of all, every mystery is short and sweet--easy to read in less time than it takes to microwave popcorn!

 

 

 The Great Book of Mind Teasers & Mind Puzzlers, by George J. Summers

This huge collection of tantalizing logic puzzles offers hints when you're stuck, plus step-by-step solutions, imaginatively teaching problem-solving skills. 

 

 

 Gotcha! : The Amazing Trivia Game, by Julian Biddle

We all know one: the know-it-all who has all the answers. No matter what the topic-movies, sports, art, history, food-this person always seems to know the right fact or figure, the date of an event, or who said what. Think of how much fun it would be to casually drop a fake fact into the conversation and, as Mr. Know-It-All nods his head in recognition, then to yell... 'GOTCHA!' That's the idea behind GOTCHA!, a cool new spin on the trivia quiz sensation. Written by Julian Biddle, a trivia expert and a self admitted know-it-all, this collection of 400 questions will have readers scratching their heads trying to figure out what's real and what's not.

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