Square Up! and Other Slide Puzzles

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Slide puzzles are a great brain teaser for working your visual-spatial and sequencing skills. Continue reading

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Do You See What I See?

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orange_-_plainTineke Meirink is a delightful Dutch illustrator whom I learned about this past weekend while

orange_-_enhancedparticipating in Free Museum Day. (See details below*.) Museum gift stores are one of my favorite places to shop because they tend to have wonderfully creative products that are hard to find elsewhere. When a memory game is called Can You See What I See? And subtitled, “It’s just more fun when you take a closer look,” it is begging me to buy it.

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Joy with JaLink!

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Mental Floss (http://mentalfloss.com/) is one of my favorite companies, because like me, the founders have always believed that learning should be fun. I’ve been a subscriber to the magazine Mental_Floss almost since its inception, and I review or pass on to others many articles. Their gift store has dozens of punny T-shirts, amusing office products, innovative kitchenware, unusual books, and stimulating games. Continue reading

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Tantalizing Triazzles

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Daniel T. Gilbert is Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and author of the international bestseller Stumbling on Happiness. He is deserving of a post of his own someday, but the Dan Gilbert logical left-brainers need to know is the creator of Triazzles®, Ant Trails, and dozens of other games for children and adults. He also seems to be a conscientious, detail-oriented, and legitimately nice fellow. Continue reading

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The Eloquent Mr. Espy

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image001Language expert Will Shortz, the subject of the last post, belongs in the logical left column because he is always looking for boxes to fill, mostly in the form of crossword and Sudoku puzzles. Language expert Willard R. Espy, the subject of this post, always thought whimsically outside the box. Although he died in 1999, some of his many charming, witty books are still available. One that covers vast ground is The Best of an Almanac of Words at Play, which as the cover notes, provides a daily dose of word play. Continue reading

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