Brain Games for Mums

  • ASTB
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    Tim Peake will help you see if you have what it takes to travel into space with The Astronaut Selection Test Book.

    Part a puzzle book, part guide, this is suitable for all ages and anyone who dreams of following in Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin's footsteps in the 50th year since the moon landing. It finds Tim drawing on his personal experiences to give an authentic feel to all the questions.

    It includes 100 real astronaut tests and training exercises for readers to try at home and outlines the full ESA (European Space Agency) selection process for the first time. From visual memory and perception puzzles to teamwork exercises, survival skills and foreign language aptitude tests, the questions wildly vary in difficulty.

    Are you ready for blast off?
  • The Times: Mind Games Set - 2 Books - Collection - 9780007975822
    TTMG
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    • Just £2.50 per book
    Two books packed with puzzles taken from the Mind Games section of The Times. One book will test your powers of logic and mental agility while the other will test your word power.

    Each book contains 500 assorted puzzles with the number and logic challenges ranging from mental maths to arithmetical logic puzzles (KenKen) and Suko (espresso sudoku), while the word conundrums include concise and cryptic crossword-style quintagrams, word quizzes and codeword grids.
    Format: paperback
  • CIPH
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    Mark Frary reveals the secret history of codes in this timely and captivating reference book.

    From ancient transposition ciphers to steganography and computerised methods designed by codebreakers including Alan Turing, this book provides a detailed overview of 45 of the world's most important codes and ciphers.

    This endlessly interesting book will appeal to anyone who loves science, puzzles, numbers and linguistics. It describes each discovery and development's role within general history, political intrigue and warfare.
  • TPPB
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    Question: Which is the only letter of the alphabet not to appear in the name of any US state?
    Answer: Q

    This quiz book is packed with 280 questions drawn from the archives of Radio 4's Today programme. From the cryptic to the numerical and linguistic, the brainteasers have been designed by puzzle masters from Japan, Mensa and the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

    Chapters range from Common-sense Conundrums to Flags, Capitals and Nations and there's also a selection of Christmas Crackers to challenge your grey matter.
  • AYSK
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    Based on Pointless star Richard Osman's popular TV show Child Genius, this fun and challenging quiz book is great for the whole family.

    Go head to head with your children to find out who has what it takes to get through the nerve-wracking and tough mental combat required to win the quiz!

    This book is packed with a variety of questions to test everything from spelling and comprehension to logic and reasoning. In addition, pages include handy 'did you know' boxes to help you learn memory tricks, control your nerves and spot Mensa's 17 signs of a child genius.
  • WLBK
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    Whitaker's Little Book of Knowledge is bursting with general knowledge trivia that will make you gasp and fill your brain with endlessly interesting information!

    From things you learned at school to mini biographies of famous artists and writers and concise overviews of films and literature as well as a healthy dose of nostalgia, all of the facts in this book have been drawn from Whitaker's Almanack archive (which dates back to 1868).

    Providing a unique insight into the world from the 19th century through to the present day, this book will help you win pub quizzes with its humorous entries on sports, key rules, biographies and it even contains a stand-alone sports chapter.
  • TCMC
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    With Richard Ayoade taking over the role of Maze Master, this year's reboot of The Crystal Maze has been a huge success and now you can join in the fun at home with this brilliant challenge book.

    Packed full of over 100 new games, puzzles, mind-benders and riddles inspired by the four incredible zones - Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval - this is a brain-teasing book that provides fun for all the family.

    From leaping around your living room without touching the floor to completing treasure hunts around the house and then, of course, heading to the Crystal Dome ('will you start the fans please?'), this is a great test of all your skills, mental and physical abilities.
  • AMRPM
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    This brain-teasing puzzle book is the perfect way to relax after a hard day's toil in the garden. With 200 intriguing puzzles, ranging from Spot the Difference to plant and flower anagrams, interspersed with beautiful historical engravings and fascinating facts and garden folklore, it's guaranteed to keep your mind as sharp as a thorn, and germinate lots of ideas in your mental greenhouse!
  • University Challenge - Hardback - 9781849497015 - Steve Tribe
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    A bumper quiz book for fans of the popular BBC TV series, this baffling compendium of over 2,000 University Challenge questions will keep you on your toes as you pit your wits against the country's best and brightest.

    Including questions from all manner of subjects including literature, history, sport, politics, physics, chemistry, film and many more, this all-new collection of brainteasers will allow you to prove once and for all that you're a cut above the average undergraduate. And with its gold foil finish and hardback cover, it'll look great on any general knowledge whizz's bookshelf too.

    University Challenge has been a fixture of British television for 50 years - now it's time to put your 'fingers on buzzers'!
  • ATJFK
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    Who said sudoku have to be black and white? These 180 multihued puzzles come in a rainbow of glorious colours and patterns that enhance the fun. Although they begin with the standard 9x9 grid and follow the basic rules, each sudoku offers a fresh twist to tradition: perhaps every red square must contain a different number, or a puzzle may look like a jigsaw. This is the perfect collection for solvers who enjoy a challenge that's way out of the ordinary.
  • AVYBP
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    Do you have the general knowledge to match double world quiz champion Olav Bjortomt? More than 200 challenging quizzes from the MindGames section of The Times to test your general knowledge to the limit. With over 4000 questions, set the pace as quiz master for your friends, colleagues and family, or pit yourself against Olav in a battle of wits. Subject areas include Geography, Music, the Arts, Film, Literature, Sport, Politics, Science, History and Wildlife, with each quiz offering a final teaser picture question. Enough questions to scramble even an egghead's brains.
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    ** WINNER OF 'STOCKING FILLER OF THE YEAR AWARD' GUARDIAN ** Pit your wits against the people who cracked Enigma in the official puzzle book from Britain's secretive intelligence organisation, GCHQ. 'A fiendish work, as frustrating, divisive and annoying as it is deeply fulfilling: the true spirit of Christmas' Guardian 'Surely the trickiest puzzle book in years. Crack these fiendish problems and Trivial Pursuit should be a doddle' Daily Telegraph If 3=T, 4=S, 5=P, 6=H, 7=H ...what is 8? What is the next letter in the sequence: M, V, E, M, J, S, U, ? Which of the following words is the odd one out: CHAT, COMMENT, ELF, MANGER, PAIN, POUR? GCHQ is a top-secret intelligence and security agency which recruits some of the very brightest minds. Over the years, their codebreakers have helped keep our country safe, from the Bletchley Park breakthroughs of WWII to the modern-day threat of cyberattack. So it comes as no surprise that, even in their time off, the staff at GCHQ love a good puzzle. Whether they're recruiting new staff or challenging each other to the toughest Christmas quizzes and treasure hunts imaginable, puzzles are at the heart of what GCHQ does. Now they're opening up their archives of decades' worth of codes, puzzles and challenges for everyone to try. In this book you will find: - Tips on how to get into the mindset of a codebreaker - Puzzles ranging in difficulty from easy to brain-bending - A competition section where we search for Britain's smartest puzzler Good luck! 'Ideal for the crossword enthusiast' Daily Telegraph
  • BGOXO
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    Improve your faculties with 70 specially-commissioned puzzles, riddles and enigmas concocted by the one detective who needs no introduction, Mr Sherlock Holmes. Dr John Watson, the dear friend and companion of Holmes, has taken the liberty of assembling this collection of trials, so you too can test your analytic abilities and hone your deductive sense to avoid making hasty assessments and faulty conclusions. These rudimentary puzzles have been grouped into approximate levels of difficulty but every question is easy if you know the answer, and the opposite holds equally true.
  • AVHJB
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    It's back! And this time it's the ultimate challenge, with over 3000 brand-new questions from the popular BBC2 show.It's been on television for over five decades, and it's still loved by viewers of all ages. University Challenge is a firm favourite on BBC2 screens for 10 months of the year.This brand-new quiz book saves you having to shout answers at the screen - you can shout them at your family and friends instead! Featuring over 3000 new questions, University Challenge: The Ultimate Questions will have everyone racking their brains and sharpening their wits.Regularly the third most popular show on BBC2, and with Jeremy Paxman its iconichost, it's not all about the students. University Challenge: The Professionals and Christmas University Challenge have proved equally popular, with the great and the good queuing up to participate; previous contestants have included Kate Adie, Jonathan Coe, Lynne Truss, Rory Bremner, Charlie Higson and Louis Theroux.
  • BROUJ
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    In Edgar Allan Poe's Puzzles From Beyond the Grave, author Jason Ward re-imagines Poe's writings to create a challengingly fiendish - and occasionally frightening - series of riddles and puzzles which are sure to get the pulses racing of even the most hardened puzzle-solvers. As the great man said: "The true genius shudders at incompleteness." So make sure to complete these puzzles... or risk incurring the wrath of Edgar Allan Poe himself. Step into the Gothic world of Edgar Allan Poe and become part of his terrifying tales - just long enough to solve the riddles and conundrums found there. The acclaimed American writer, who is seen as the inventor of detective fiction, created some of the best-known and most-loved macabre stories and was an expert in the art of cryptography and mystery. Step into his world, if you dare!
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    Can you find Edward Scissorhands, Steve Zissou, Mrs. Bates, and seven Gremlins? This deluxe seek-and-find for film buffs challenges viewers to locate iconic characters and elements from the work of 12 great directors within large-format, sumptuously illustrated set-piece spreads (one for each director, with the Coen brothers as a pair). Featured here are Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, Wes Anderson, Alfred Hitchcock, Steven Spielberg, Quentin Tarantino, and more. With answer keys following the spreads, and visual discovery and delight on every page, Now Playing is a beautifully packaged treat for movie and visual puzzle fans.
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    Do you fancy mastering morse code? Discovering whether your crossword hobby might have seen you recruited into the history books? Do you think you could have outsmarted an enigma machine? If so and you're a Bletchley Park history buff or a fan of the GCHQ Quiz Book, then this is the book for you.When scouring the land for top-level code breakers, the Bletchley Park recruiters left no stone unturned. As well as approaching the country's finest mathematicians, they cast their nets much wider, interviewing sixth-form music students who could read orchestral scores, chess masters, poets, linguists, hieroglyphics experts and high society debutantes fresh from finishing school. To assess these individuals they devised various ingenious mind-twisters - hidden codes, cryptic crosswords, secret languages, complex riddles - and it is puzzles such as these, together with the fascinating recruitment stories that surround them, that make up the backbone of this book. The code breakers of Bletchley Park were united in their love of a good puzzle. If you feel the same, why not dive in, put your mental agility to the test and discover: Would Bletchley Park have recruited YOU?