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Puzzler - Logic Problems
Member Name: norton501
Puzzler - Logic Problems
Date: 02/05/10, updated on 03/01/13 (26 review reads)
Advantages: Different type of puzzle book
Disadvantages: Can really get you confused
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).
Summary: Good puzzle book - great alternative to crosswords etc