The noted expert and longtime author of Scientific American's Mathematical Games column selects 70 of his favorite "short" puzzles. Enthusiasts can challenge their skills with such mind-bogglers as The Returning Explorer, The Mutilated Chessboard, Scrambled Box Tops, Bronx vs. Brooklyn, and dozens more involving logic and basic math. Complete solutions included.
Martin Gardner is the author of more than seventy books, including Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science, The Annotated Alice, The Annotated Hunting of the Snark, and The Colossal Book of Mathematics. He lives in Norman, Oklahoma.
1. The Returning Explorer 2. Draw Poker 3. The Mutilated Chessboard 4. The Fork in the Road 5. Scrambled Box Tops 6. Cutting the Cube 7. Bronx vs. Brooklyn 8. The Early Commuter 9. The Counterfeit Coins 10. The Touching Cigarettes 11. Two Ferryboats 12. Guess the Diagonal 13. Cross the Network 14. The 12 Matches 15. Hole in the Sphere 16. The Amorous Bugs 17. How Many Children? 18. The Twiddled Bolts 19. The Flight around the World 20. The Repetitious Number 21. The Colliding Missiles 22. The Sliding Pennies 23. Handshakes and Networks 24. The Triangular Duel 25. Crossing the Desert 26. Lord Dunsany's Chess Problem 27. The Lonesome 8 28. Dividing the Cake 29. The Folded Sheet 30. Water and Wine 31. The Absent-Minded Teller 32. Acute Dissection 33. "How Long Is a "Lunar"?" 34. The Game of Googol 35. Marching Cadets and a Trotting Dog 36. "White, Black and Brown" 37. The Plane in the Wind 38. What Price Pets? 39. The Game of Hip 40. A Switching Puzzle 41. Beer Signs on the Highway 42. The Sliced Cube and the Sliced Doughnut 43. Bisecting Yin and Yang 44. The Blue-Eyed Sisters 45. How Old Is the Rose-Red City? 46. Tricky Track 47. Termite and 27 Cubes 48. Collating the Coins 49. Time the Toast 50. A Fixed-Point Theorem 51. How Did Kant Set His Clock? 52. Playing Twenty Questions when Probability Values Are Known 53. Don't Mate in One 54. Find the Hexahedrons 55. Out with the Onion 56. Cut Down the Cuts 57. Dissection Dilemma 58. Interrupted Bridge 59. Dash It All! 60. Move the Queen 61. Read the Hieroglyphics 62. Crazy Cut 63. Find the Oddball 64. Big Cross-Out Swindle 65. Reverse the Dog 66. Funny Fold Answers
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