Puzzle Baron’s Logic Puzzles {Review/Giveaway}

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I grew up surrounded by logic puzzles (school and family). My grandpa had this wall sized crossword puzzle in his house. Every time we visited he was working on it. Unfortunately, I cannot, for the life of me, answer a single line of a crossword. The clues simply tell me nothing. And 100% of the time whenever I thought I got an answer right I was wrong.

I have always liked to challenge my mind. Still, I am not the most analytical person (my high school could attest to this on my career aptitude test). Still, I love puzzles, they help keep my mind working and developing even as I age. My favorite are jigsaws and Sudoku.

 

Puzzle Baron's

 

Puzzle Baron, aka Stephen, is a huge puzzle fan and the master mind behind Puzzle Baron’s, a network of web sites that include some of the most popular word game and puzzle sites on the web. And they also have books!! Stephen was so gracious as to let me review 3 of them:

 

LOGIC PUZZLES volume 2.

 

Logic Puzzles

This book has been the hardest for me. No matter how hard I try I can’t answer a single one of these puzzles!! I do get a few parts of the puzzle correct but not the overall answer.

The logic puzzles in this book are grid-based and can also be known as “logic grid” puzzles. They have 4 components: the back-story, the clues, the grid, and the answer key. A problem may read like this (taken from the back of the book):

A group of 4 friends decided to go hiking in the mountains. They all agreed to meet up at the same location, Grizzly Gorge, but each of the 2 hikers wanted to take a different trail to go there. Due to the difficulty of the terrain, each hiker brought along an experienced local guide. Using only the clues that follow, match each hiker to his/her guide, and determine which trail the hiker used to reach Grizzle Gorge.

The clues follow after the problem is set on the table. I honestly can’t. I simply can’t. I guess I would have a greater chance at doing crosswords than any of these. They also remind me of both middle and high school, ugh.

I do promise to give them a 100th chance! Soon…

 

The Complete Idiot’s Guide To PICTURE PUZZLES volume 2.

 

Spot the differences

 

These puzzles are simply loaded with countless hours of fun. They are quite entertaining. All there is to them is to spot the differences. The book has 100 puzzles that range from beginner through expert.

The images at first glance look the same but the closer you see (or the closer you get your nose to the book) you will start noticing the differences. Just try to go through this book in a well lit room, I don’t think you’ll want to strain your eyes from squinting so much. Or it might just be silly-sort-of-blind me!

 

Picture Puzzle

 

The more puzzles you answer the harder they get. And Puzzle Baron’s is tricky tricky!! They added 20 images you have to unscramble! But no fret, each one of the books has an answer key on the back. But no. This doesn’t mean you can cheat and look back (leave that to the ol’ school years of yore).

Also, each puzzle has the amount of errors to be found and the fastest time to find them all! So if you really want to challenge yourself make sure to have a stop watch right next to you!

I am sure mister A. would enjoy going through this book with me. He is getting very good at spotting differences.

And last but not least, my favorite!!

 

SUDOKU!

 

 

I have my little sister to blame for my utmost love for Sudoku. She hooked me to these puzzles a few years back when we would fight for the newspaper to see who’d get the Sudoku puzzle of the day. Some days she’d let me win since she loves the most difficulty ones. She is so hooked on these that she is an expert now, she answers them with a pen!

For those who don’t know what Sudoku is, well, it is a number puzzle that consists of a 9-column, 9-row grid, which is then divided into nine 3×3 square sub-grids. Each puzzle begins with a partially filled grid, and with the numbers given you have to solve the rest. Every row, column, and sub-grid has to have each number from 1 to 9, no repeating allowed.

 

Sudoku at lunch

I used to tote a Sudoku book with me all the time until I solved every puzzle. Then I moved on to digital puzzles but they were not the same as having them on paper. Having a paper puzzle in front of me is way better than having to tap the iPad screen. Having a pencil in hand helps me answer the puzzles faster than on the computer. I am weird, I know. Music also helps.

These puzzles go from easy to fiendish. Every single puzzle gets a tad harder to answer. There have been times were, when I get stuck, I either ask for help from the hubs (one single number) or simply guess and hope I guess right!

They are truly fun and entertaining. Truly recommend to give this book a try. You won’t regret it!

– GET IT –

Find these books online:

Puzzle Baron’s Logic Puzzles $14.95 US /  $16.00 CAN
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Picture Puzzles, vol 2 $10.95 US / $11.99 CAN
Puzzle Baron’s Sudoku $9.95 US / $11.50 CAN

– WIN IT –

One (1) lucky reader of From PDX with Love will win all 3 books!

Logic Puzzle Books

 

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51 Comments
  • Cynthia C
    June 19, 2012

    I like to relax on my deck in the afternoon with a puzzle.

  • Eloise Carlson
    June 19, 2012

    I love to hang outside in the early afternoon or evening out in the garage with a great puzzle book. Thanks so much for hosting this fun giveaway!

    furygirl3132[at]comcast[dot]net

    • Carol W
      July 5, 2012

      I like to in the evening when I am watching tv. thanks

  • Alisha Kostiuk
    June 19, 2012

    I like to do puzzles on rainy days or when I am riding in the car with my husband. Helps distract me from his crazy driving:)

  • Chrystal D
    June 19, 2012

    I’m a Logic Puzzle nut and will do them anywhere & everywhere!

  • Brenda
    June 19, 2012

    I like to do them while waiting somewhere, like the doctor’s office.

  • randi
    June 20, 2012

    While I’m watching TV in the evening.

  • Valerie Taylor Mabrey
    June 20, 2012

    Like doing them after everybody goes to bed
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  • Charlotte Padgett
    June 20, 2012

    I like to work puzzles (especially logic and suduko) while sitting in the living room listening to the evening news.

  • Maryann
    June 20, 2012

    I like to do puzzle books at night when I am watching tv

  • Amy S
    June 20, 2012

    I like to do puzzles while waiting for the kids at their activities.

  • kelly nicholson
    June 20, 2012

    When and where do you like to complete puzzles?

    i like logic problems

  • Marianna
    June 20, 2012

    Sitting in bed at night

  • Mariah
    June 21, 2012

    I LOVE logic problems! I have since I was a kid. I get in moods where I will do them before bed!

  • krystle
    June 21, 2012

    I like to do puzzles on the couch during tv commercials!!

  • Amanda Hendricks-Selby
    June 21, 2012

    On my breaks at work

  • BRian
    June 24, 2012

    I like to finish puzzles in class

  • David Basile
    June 25, 2012

    at home at night

  • Jennelle J
    June 26, 2012

    I like doing puzzles at home, especially when I’m bored

  • Allison B.
    June 27, 2012

    I like to to them in bed before sleeping

  • Gianna
    June 27, 2012

    On road trips.

  • n a t h a n i a
    June 27, 2012

    when my daughter is sleeping. I like being in bed late at night undisturbed to think! 😀
    This is also my reading time 🙂

  • n a t h a n i a
    June 27, 2012

    I love to do puzzles after my daughter is asleep and when I am in bed 🙂 I can sleep when all is quiet.

  • Pat
    June 29, 2012

    I like to do puzzles at home in the evening.

  • tam childers
    July 2, 2012

    usually do it when waiting at the drs. office or at airports waiting for flights

  • Nina
    July 3, 2012

    I love to do them on the plane!

  • Paul T/Pauline T
    July 4, 2012

    usually at night on my couch – Paul Tran ….. emscout9 at Hotmail dot com

  • Katie R
    July 4, 2012

    I like to complete puzzles in the car on road trips

  • Becca
    July 5, 2012

    I do them to relax before bed…and on airplanes 🙂

  • mframe
    July 6, 2012

    I do them first thing in the morning with my cup of tea

  • Diana Stanhope
    July 7, 2012

    I like to do puzzles just before I go to sleep, in bed.

  • tamar
    July 8, 2012

    Whenever I am on the subway.

  • Theresa
    July 8, 2012

    Usually sitting on my couch at the end of the day watching TV.

  • Michelle W
    July 8, 2012

    I like to do them when I first wake up, gets my mind sharp for the day

  • Chrystal J.
    July 8, 2012

    I do puzzles at home.

  • Erica C.
    July 8, 2012

    I like to do puzzles in bed at night all cuddled up.

  • Damian Jarreau
    July 8, 2012

    I like to do them on a plane

  • Carolyn Daley
    July 8, 2012

    I like to complete puzzles on road trips, the doctor’s office, and during down time.

  • Jennifer M
    July 8, 2012

    I like doing them in the morning in my living room before the kids wake up.

  • Penny B W
    July 8, 2012

    I like to do puzzles in the bath after everyone is in bed!

  • Shannon
    July 8, 2012

    I like to do puzzles before bed or during storms, at home

  • meghan
    July 9, 2012

    I like to do puzzles in the evening when relaxing.

  • Kate turner
    July 9, 2012

    Usually when waiting at an appointment

  • Courtnie Miller
    July 9, 2012

    I like to do them while I’m just relaxing at home.

  • melanie montgomery
    July 9, 2012

    I do them at home.

  • Nancy
    July 9, 2012

    I do puzzles during the day at home.

  • susan smoaks
    July 9, 2012

    i like to do puzzles on the weekends in our kitchen

  • Meghan R
    July 9, 2012

    I love doing puzzles before bed

  • colleen
    July 9, 2012

    I like to do puzzles on the couch after the kids are asleep.

  • Trisha McKee
    July 9, 2012

    Anytime and anywhere but usually in the evenings on the couch.

  • AEKZ2
    July 9, 2012

    I do puzzles while I’m on break at work