The Riddles of the Sphinx
And the Puzzles, Word Games, Brainteasers, Conundrums, Quizzes, Mysteries, Codes and Ciphers That Have Baffled, Entertained and Confused the World Over the Last 100 YearsBook - 2007
The story of the puzzles, brainteasers, maps, codes, and other mysteries that have entertained and confused the world over the last century From Sudoku to crosswords, Victorian parlor games to lateral thinking, cryptograms to todays latest brainteasers, The Riddles of the Sphinxtells the little-known histories behind a host of puzzles, word games, and riddles and introduces the extraordinary geniuses, eccentrics, rivals, code crackers, and obsessives who invented them. Who wouldve thought that, for example, Sudoku, Japans biggest ever puzzle craze, was actually invented by a Swiss mathematician in 1873? Or that the Timescrossword helped Britain win the Second World War? Readers will also find out about the mysterious Haberdashers Puzzle, what Sheryl Crow has to do with cruciverbalism, how the World Puzzle Championships are blazing a trail for international relations, and how games help us think and develop. Theres even an opportunity to play some devilish games and classic brainteasers, making this the ultimate book for puzzle addicts.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
Branch Call Number: 793.7309 BODYCOMB
Characteristics: xx, 588 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.