Jigsaws and Puzzles
The Island: London Mapped
400 Piece Jigsaw
This 400-piece jigsaw is based on Stephen Walter’s intricate map of the city. The large pieces have been carefully cut to preserve his annotations, which include the birthplaces of historical figures, sites of historic interest, facts, and humorous commentaries on cultural stereotypes and local peculiarities.
A Game by Martin Wallace
In this revised edition of the classic card-based game, players must think strategically to rebuild the city following the Great Fire – the cost of creating monuments, rehousing people and generating commerce must be repaid before the game ends. The 121 cards feature coloured artwork of famous locations and buildings; a game board and tokens are included. 2–4 players. Young adult.
King Arthur's Puzzle Quest
Puzzles Inspired by the Once and Future King and His Legendary Quest for the Holy Grail
Featuring all the characters of Arthurian legend, this collection of conundrums tells the tale of the once and future king from the reign of Uther Pendragon to the quest for the Grail, with a puzzle to accompany every stage of the story.
Dora Batty: Whitsuntide in the Countryside
Best known for her graphic illustrations, Dora Batty’s posters for London Transport were designed to encourage people to spend their holidays in the countryside surrounding the city. This 500-piece jigsaw is one of many such posters now available as a jigsaw.
Best Games - 2 Books
These colourful books, printed on thick card, contain everything you need to play ten board games, with double-sided boards and counters to punch out, a die to assemble, clear explanations of the rules and a note of how long each game takes to play. Age 8+ and not suitable for children under 3. The two titles included in this set are: The 10 Best Games of All Time (Read more...) The 10 Best Games in the World (Read more...)
Advice, Puzzles and Activities to Keep our Brains Active in Later Life
The acclaimed puzzle and brain training expert, author of The Ordnance Survey Puzzle Book and the BrainedUp.com website, Dr Gareth Moore has devised activities and puzzles to help ageing brains stay sharp and reduce the memory-related effects of getting older. After a simple introduction to how the brain works and how it changes, there are chapters on keeping your brain fit, and advice and exercises for memory, learning, staying positive and concentration.
The World's Most Difficult Quiz 2
More King William's College General Knowledge Papers
What garden evokes manual pallor? Where does the gold fin not wink? Who or what is pit-pit? Since 1904, pupils of King William's College on the Isle of Man have been sent home for the Christmas holidays with a fiendish quiz. Its popularity led to its publication first in The Times and, from 1951, in the Guardian. This book presents 30 sets of 180 questions dating from the 1920s to 1980s (pre-Google!).
The Great Houdini's Puzzle Vault
A Collection of Mystifying Puzzles Inspired by The Astounding Escapologist
The great Hungarian-American magician Harry Houdini won his reputation for making seemingly impossible escapes and undertaking baffling feats of endurance or agility. This illustrated puzzle book presents conundrums and teasers inspired by his work, and describes many of his most famous tricks (such as the flooded tank escape, the bullet catch and the milk-can escape), providing explanations of how he did them in the solutions section.
Crack the Code
In four progressively more difficult chapters – Amusements, Diversions, Challenges and Enigmas – Dr Gareth Moore presents over 200 puzzles, including codes to break, conundrums, several types of Sudoku and unusual vocabulary games. The puzzles range from simple to mystifying, but there is another twist – the instructions range from explicit to mere suggestions of how to proceed. Solutions are at the back.
Fantasy Flock 1000 Piece Puzzle
Designed by renowned artist and naturalist Julie Zickfoose, this 1,000-piece jigsaw features seven migratory birds of America in flight, against a dramatic backdrop of cumulonimbus cloud. Chosen specifically by the artist for their beauty and diversity, the species that are shown include the scissor-tailed flycatcher, black-headed grosbeak and hooded warbler.
How Do You Get an Egg into a Bottle?
Bizarre, Weird and Wonderful Puzzles with Science
The egg problem is one of the 60 weird and wonderful science puzzles in this set of question and answer cards. You can challenge yourself or friends to work out why boomerangs come back or how to drive on ice: the solution of each problem is explained on the reverse of the card.
I Used to Know That
Stuff You Forgot from School
In chapters on English language and literature, maths, science, history and geography, Caroline Taggart’s distillation of the essential stuff that you learned in school, but forgot to remember, is an enjoyable trip back to the land of subordinate clauses and metaphysical poets, quadratic equations, the periodic table and the Wars of the Roses – and no exams.
The Mindfulness Puzzle Book 2
Calibrated to provide the appropriate level of challenge for most adults, this puzzle collection is designed to inspire creativity, allow your brain to relax, and feel rewarded for achievement. The selection of 160 activities includes colour by number, word and number games, mazes and spatial puzzles.
Speedsolving the Cube
Easy-to-Follow, Step-by-Step Instructions for Many Popular 3-D Puzzles
With the world’s best reaching the solution in about 20 seconds, this guide aims to train Rubik's cube solvers to approach such times and also includes tips for solving the 4x4 and 5x5 versions of the puzzle.
Today Programme Puzzle Book
The Today programme’s puzzles have become something of an institution at the BBC. While sometimes fiendishly difficult, they tend to require logical thought rather than mathematical ability or general knowledge – making solving them all the more compelling. The 280 conundrums in this collection are designed to stretch mental agility, but when all else fails, the answers are at the back.
Extreme Maze Challenges to Complete and Color
With three inventive puzzle types – Bridge, Multi-floor, and Warp – these large and intricate mazes will challenge the most experienced solver, and in case you complete them in record time, these complex shapes can also be coloured in. Fortunately, there are solutions at the back of the book.
Pit Your Wits Against the Japanese Puzzle Masters
In Japan, logic puzzles such as Sudoku are considered an art form and there is a community of creators who write their puzzles by hand with a view to aesthetic as well as mathematical beauty. This collection selects over 200 examples of ingenious brainteasers and introduces more than 20 new types, including Shakashaka and Marupeke. Slightly off-mint.
How Do You Survive a Duel?
And Other Mathematical Diversions, Puzzles and Brainteasers
Offering a varied workout for the grey matter, these puzzles require skills of reasoning and lateral thinking rather than the mathematics learned in school. For extra challenge, a set of visual-spatial questions is provided, which can be used as a 30-minute test.
Edgar Allen Poe's Puzzles from Beyond the Grave
Cryptic Conundrums from the World and Works of the Gothic Genius
Taking abridged versions of 'The Raven' and six of Poe's stories as their starting point, this is a collection of 89 ingenious enigmas, riddles, ciphers and logic problems. Some are from the mind of the master himself – such as the cryptic question ‘What must you do to a tea table to make it fit to consume?’ – while others are inspired by situations found in his stories of detection and Gothic horror. Solutions are provided in case human ingenuity fails.
Solve it Like Sherlock
Test Your Powers of Reasoning Against Those of the World's Most Famous Detective
Stewart Ross invites readers to test their powers of reasoning against those of the world’s most famous detective. The first part of the book sets out the stories of 25 ‘newly discovered’ cases and, from the evidence they contain, we must unravel the mystery; the second part explains how Holmes correctly interpreted the facts to solve 24 of the 25 cases.
Are You Sharp Enough to be a KGB Agent?
In a course that progresses from the level of junior operative to double agent, Spy School aims to sharpen your mind using techniques developed to train Russian intelligence agents. Following the story of a counter-intelligence operation, the book presents a series of documents and diary entries along with instruction on memory formation techniques, practical exercises, tasks and questions on the central plot. This Russian bestseller was translated by Svetlana Shcholokova.
Macdonald Gill: Wonderground Map of London
Filled with quips and humorous scenes, MacDonald Gill’s intricate 1914 poster of London’s ‘Wonderground’ includes the central underground stations and the city’s most prominent landmarks. Now part of the London Transport Musuem archive, it is reproduced in this 1,000-piece jigsaw.
Brain of Britain
Ultimate Quiz Book
Starting as What Do You Know? in 1953, and changing its title in 1967, BBC Radio 4's Brain of Britain is probably ‘the most venerable of general knowledge quizzes anywhere’. With this book you can challenge your own brain with 2,000 questions (50 quizzes of 40 questions each) drawn from the programme’s archives. By way of introduction, the current presenter, Russell Davies, has written a history of Brain of Britain and shares his thoughts on ‘this quiz lark’.
100 Things They Don't Want You to Know
From the Men in Black to the Beast of Bodmin, Daniel Smith presents the evidence relating to some of the world’s greatest unsolved mysteries, alleged cover-ups and unexplained natural phenomena. In addition to well-known conspiracy theories about events such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, he investigates less familiar conundrums including apparent examples of prehistoric metalworking and Hitler’s supposed development of ‘flying saucers’. Slightly off-mint.
How Smart Are You?
Test Your Math IQ
How to improve your number skills: these 50 ten-question quizzes have an IQ-style scoring system that enables you to compare your performance with the average mark. The tests cover decimals and fractions, interest and percentages, means and medians and pose a range of algebraic word problems, interspersed with brief biographies of great mathematicians from Pythagoras to Andrew Wiles, who solved Fermat’s Last Theorem in 1994. American spelling and elastic closure.
Any Number of Things You Didn't Know... and Some You Did
Money, music, movies, life on Earth and the human body, sport, science and space – everything, in fact, is governed by numbers. Arranged (numerically of course) in sections on subjects from the here and now of the modern world to infinity, Numeroids presents 1,300 pieces of numerical information. There is something for everyone, whether your interest is in the number of teeth a tortoise has (zero), or the size of the US defence budget (c.$689 billion).
The Little Prince Deluxe Puzzle Wheel
Presented in an attractive rounded box and featuring original illustrations from The Little Prince, six sturdy pieces lock into a central hub to complete this colourful puzzle, which measures 12 inches in diameter. On turning the puzzle over, children will discover a colour wheel. Age 2+
Adrian Allinson: Windsor Castle
500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
With Windsor Castle in the distance, an idyllic riverside scene in the foreground and detailed travel instructions, the 1934 poster shown on this jigsaw was one of many designed to entice Londoners to use public transport to explore the attractions beyond the city centre.