“ Genre: Puzzles / Type: Magazine / 64 pages / 13 issues per year / Published by Puzzler Media „
I love logic problems but find in other puzzle magazines there are only one or two of these type in the whole magazine. The magazine starts by giving an explanation of how to solve a logic problem for those who have never done these type of puzzles before. The puzzles start off quite easy and get more difficult as you progress through the magazine. If you are new to logic problems, this is a great introduction to them and a great way to practice. However, if you are quite competent at solving them, you may find the first few pages are too easy and a little boring. However, there are over 60 pages in the magazine so you can skip a few and there are still plenty to sink your teeth into. Also in this magazine are a few other puzzles such as Hanjie, Battleships, Enigma and Sudoku. There are instructions in the back of the magazine on how to solve these types of puzzles for those who are unfamiliar. However, there are only a handful of these other varieties, the vast majority are logic problems. If you subscribe to this magazine it works out cheaper than buying it monthly from a newagents so it's worth looking into. There are subscription offers on the Puzzler website which vary from time to time.
I don't think I'm the target audience for Logic Problems - the back page of the copies I've bought feature armchairs clearly aimed at the pensioner market - but I find it an enjoyable way to pass half an hour every so often. I first bought it at an airport newsagents before a flight, as I'm a very nervous flyer, and I now find the puzzles the perfect antidote to stress. In fact, I buy them before most flights now. The advantage is that there are so many puzzles that they will last all through a holiday and beyond. There aren't many magazines that will provide so many hours of entertainment. The puzzles themselves are almost all of the same type: read clues to work out which combination work with different people, places, numbers, etc, using a grid to help with elimination. There are a few simple puzzles, then the bulk of the magazine features more challenging problems. A smaller number of puzzles cover challenges that follow the basic logic premise but in another format, such as battleships and puzzles without grids. The magazine explains fully how to tackle all puzzles. If this sounds a little dry, the different logic problems are pepped up with silly scenarios and cheesy puns. I would recommend the magazine for flights, occasions where you're waiting somewhere and for that all-important bathroom reading.
In the vast amount of puzzle books which are on sale you'll be lucky to find one cross reference logic type in there. Maybe they just aren't as popular or people find them too difficult than your usual crosswords, sudoku and codewords. Unfortunately the logic puzzles are my favourite sort to spend time on so up until recently I was always a little disappointed at the lack of them. Now however I am able to spend lengthy amounts of time wondering whether I've put a tick in the right box and getting continually frustrated with them. Publishing 13 issues a year Logic problems is a simple cardboard covered paper puzzle book. Being printed for longer than 20 years the magazine is clearly popular and although the price has increased slightly it is still the original for this type of mind workout. The majority of problems the reader is presented with are based around giving you clues and a grid so you can mark off ticks and crosses when you've deducted certain answers. This isn't about memory or answering questions, it's for you to use the part of your brain which can put small facts together to get a conclusion at the end. Believe me, it is very satisfying when you manage to correctly complete one as times I can get irritated beyond belief at some of the clues which are too cryptic to put into words. A simple one though could be solving the first and last name of three school children along with their age. You are told that Anne's last name is Brown, therefore Brian and May cannot be called that. Meaning you can put a cross against their names whilst a tick next to Annes. Likewise with the age, if they were to tell you the person with the surname Smith is 8 years old you can determine that Anne must be older or younger and so on so fourth. If you were to find that confusing then just wait until you get further into the magazine! For the people who've never had a go at these styles of puzzles they give a few easy ones at the beginning with explanations as to how to complete them. If you do make mistakes you can just flick to the back of the book where the answers are. These pages also explain why Bob must be wearing green so you can get some idea about where you might of gone wrong. The book also contains a few other puzzles like sudoku, enigma, hanije, battle search and dominoes. All the explanations for how to solve these problems are again at the back of the book although I have found that they don't always make sense. Concentration is needed so if you're easily distracted then you might find this trickier than others. Approximately 53 puzzles in total the cost is a reasonable enough £2.10. On occasion they do give out free pens and competitions to win certain amounts of money. You can subscribe as well for £25.17 free p&p which will send you 12-14 issues. Personally I prefer to go up to the shops and buy them when I feel like it. Overall if I am struggling to find something to do I can pull this out and keep myself busy for an hour or so. Like I said a lot of noise may be distracting and you do have to be in the right frame of mind to get through it without making mistakes. These aren't the easiest of logical puzzles you're going to find out there but they are definitely worth having at try at. You can buy these in most newsagents, WHSmiths and a few supermarkets as well. £2.10 isn't a bad price and it will keep you occupied without being boring!
I started buying puzzle books again just to have in the house when I was going through a stage of paying off some old student debts and was looking for cheap pastimes to keep me entertained. I remembered buying Logic Problems books when I was about 12 and I remember them being tough but the sort of thing you start then spend hours working on- so I bought a Logic Problems book to work on along with other books like Puzzler and Code Word books. Puzzler publishes a Logic Problems book thirteen times a year. Each issue has yellowy/ grey paper and a cardboard cover. You normaly get a free pen as with other puzzle books. Each has around 64 pages and the answers to the puzzles are in the back. It is normally one puzzle per page but you do get larger puzzles that spread over two pages and also easier, smaller puzzles that are printed two per page. For those of you who have never heard of or seen Logic Problems, basically you get a grid with options across the top and down the left hand side and you get a story normally split into 5 or 6 sentences. By reading the story (which contains clues) you have to isolate and work out what has happened and use the answers from the grid to fill in a table at the bottom of the page. For example- your grid could have three sections across the top: owner's name/ vets practise name/ type of pet and down the left hand side there could be three sections: illness, name of pet and cost. You have to work out using the clues which owner has what pet, who has which illness, what Vet they see andhow much their bills is. Then the story would tell you that "Mrs Smith whose cat Charlie was the last pet to be seen by the busy vet"/. From this you know Mrs SMITH has a CAT called CHARLIE so you put a tick in the corresponding boxes on the grid then cross through all the other boxes so Mrs BROWN cannot have a CAT etc., as Mrs SMITH has the CAT. Each puzzle can take from half an hour to several hours to complete and I am very hit or miss with them. Sometimes I get them right and all the boxes are filled and it all makes sense, sometimes I get them totally wrong and end up with two ticks in the same row and sometimes, I complete the puzzle then check the answers to see if I got it right and find I've got one part wrong. Other times, I just get stuck and give up half way through! These can be great fun, but they can totally 'do your head in' at the same time (for want of a better phrase). They are something different- they do tax your brain quite a lot as the story with the clues in it only gives you the bare minimum of information. It is then up to you to cross reference what you have ticked or crossed through in the grid. Ie you might see the pet with a broken leg could be a cat or a mouse but you know Mrs SMITH has the cat so Mrs BROWN cannot have the cat so she must have the mouse and so on. It is quite hard to explain. You do need to be feeling quite mentally alert to do these and you normally need to do each puzzle in one go as you will forget your logic and forget your lines of "well if she has this then he cannot have this but he might have that..". ! Each book costs approximately £2.45 and I would only buy one book every few months as these are quite time consuming so it works out quite cheaply. You can set up a subscription but the deals on subscriptions are not very good- you only get 5% of 15% off so a year's subscription still comes in at over £30! Which when you compare it to other magazine subscriptions is quite high. I think these are suited to children from 10 or 12 upwards (especially any very mentally astute kids out there who get bored easily and like to problem solve) or for adults. This is something a bit different where you do not need to have loads of general knowledge (like crosswords).