There are puzzles for everybody and every mood in these pages. With sudoku puzzles, mazes, crossword puzzles, and word searches you'll have an opportunity to hone a number of skills — and have fun at the same time! Here's some background on each of these four types of puzzles.
Sudoku burst onto the world stage in 2005 and continues to grow in popularity. Perhaps one of the secrets to its success is the puzzle's charming simplicity. Sudoku is played on a 9 × 9 grid. Heavier lines subdivide this grid into nine 3 × 3 boxes. The object is to fill in the grid so that every row, column, and 3 × 3 box contains the numbers one through nine with no repeats. The puzzle begins with some of the numbers already entered. There will always be just one solution for each puzzle.
Mazes are a classic type of puzzle, and all shapes and sizes of mazes await you here. Some of them can be solved quickly, while others will demand more concentration. Every maze has just one answer. Here is a simple tip: When you come upon a dead end, retrace your way back to where a path choice was made and take the alternative route. By using this technique you can make your way through any of these mazes.
Crossword puzzles were born in 1913, and the love affair with them has continued ever since. Indeed, crosswords are the most common type of word puzzle in the world. The crossword puzzles in this book will test your word power and trivia knowledge.
Word searches are another type of timeless puzzle. All of the word searches in this book are in the traditional format. Words are hidden in a grid of letters in any direction: horizontal, vertical, and diagonal — forward or backward. Words can also overlap. For example, the letters at the end of the word “MAST” could be used as the start of the word “STERN.” Only the letters A to Z are used, and any spaces in an entry are removed. For example, “TROPICAL FISH” would be found in the grid as “TROPICALFISH.”
This book was created for your enjoyment, so use it however you like. Skip around from type to type or charge right through the book from cover to cover. However you choose to take on these puzzles, you'll have plenty of entertainment for your commute!