Jigsaws and Puzzles
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.
Dora Batty: Whitsuntide in the Countryside
Best known for her graphic illustrations, Dora Batty’s posters for the London Transport Museum were designed to encourage people to spend their holidays in the countryside surrounding the city. This 500-piece jigsaw is one many such posters now available as a jigsaw.
Edward Bawden and Thomas Derrick: British Empire Exhibition, 1924
1,000-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
With 1,000 pieces, this jigsaw shows the stylized poster created by graphic artist Edward Bawden and illustrator Thomas Derrick for the 1924 British Empire Exhibition. A frameable print of the poster is also included.
Richard T Cooper: The Londoner's Transport Throughout the Ages
Beginning with horse-drawn carriages and progressing to buses, trains and the Underground, this 1,000-piece jigsaw shows how transport has changed. It includes a frameable print of the image, which was created in 1928 by artist Richard T. Cooper.
MacDonald Gill: Peter Pan Map of Kensington Gardens
500-Piece Jigsaw Puzzle
This 500-piece jigsaw shows MacDonald Gill’s 1923 poster for the London Underground – an imaginative ‘map’ that was inspired by JM Barrie’sPeter Pan and Kensington Gardens. It pinpoints moments in the book and where they could have taken place.
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 that highlights the perils of their journeys. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mensa Riddles and Conundrums
Over 100 Games and Puzzles to Sharpen Your Wits and Challenge Your Intelligence
Devised by Mensa, the high IQ society, this set contains the boards and pieces for chess and solitaire, tangram, pentominoes, the matchstick game and jailbreak, as well as a 72-page book of brain benders, cryptic crosswords and rules for the games. This diverse collection of over 100 puzzles and games will exercise your brain for weeks, but you don’t need a massive IQ: we are assured that logical thinking and persistence will prevail. Boxed set.
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.
A Puzzling Colour By Numbers Book
Beethoven, Che Guevara and Amy Winehouse are among 20 iconic figures portrayed in this book of Querkles; they are hidden in puzzles made up of hundreds of overlapping circles, the segments of which are numbered from 1 to 5. All you have to do is colour or shade the circles and segments, making 1s the darkest and 5s the lightest, to reveal your masterpiece.
A Puzzling Colour By Numbers Book
There are 20 portraits of cats in this book of Querkles; they are hidden in puzzles made up of hundreds of overlapping circles, the segments of which have been numbered 1–5. All you have to do is colour or shade the circles and segments, making 1s the darkest and 5s the lightest, to reveal your feline work of art. Off-mint.
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.