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Puzzle Ninja: Pit Your Wits Against the Japanese Puzzle Masters (Japanese Puzzles, Sudoku Book) (Paperback)

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In his travels to Japan, author Alex Bellos set out to uncover the world's brightest puzzle inventors, puzzle masters, and origami experts so he could bring a new batch of logic puzzles for anyone hankering for something beyond Sudoku. In Puzzle Ninja he presents more than 200 puzzles to solve—rated easy to excruciating—including 20 new types of original, hand-crafted puzzles, like Shakashaka and Marupeke. With clear instructions, helpful tips, and anecdotes about the puzzles and their creators, this is an entertaining read and an exciting collection of the newest, best, and most addictive Japanese logic puzzles.

About the Author

Alex Bellos is an author and broadcaster who specializes in mathematics and Brazil. He is the creator of the popular math books The Grapes of Math and Here's Looking at Euclid, which were both bestsellers. He lives in London.

Praise For…

"There's something immensely satisfying about solving a puzzle, especially when they're as fiendish as those in Alex Bellos' [Puzzle Ninja]. . . . 200 challenges from the puzzle masters of Japan, with the 20+ different formats including the fabulously named Shakashaka and the mind-melting Ren-Katsu. What's more, there's not a Sudoku in sight." —BBC Focus Magazine

"...a practically perfect book... It's an introduction to the players, the history, and the pleasures of Japanese puzzles, and it is marvelous on several levels...I strongly recommend that you run out and buy Alex Bellos's Puzzle Ninja"
- Mathematical Intelligencer magazine

"I love everything about it-the puzzles, the how-tos, the history, and even the look." —Will Shortz

". . . both a fascinating overview of the Japanese puzzle scene and a collection of 100 glorious puzzles of the Sudoku-Kakoru-Futoshiki variety." —Spectator

"Alex Bellos took learnings from his travels to Japan to create a series of more than 200 Sudoku-Kakoru-Futoshiki-style puzzles, including 20 completely new and original types of puzzles. The book is packed with challenges for even the most hardened puzzle junkie."
-The Awesomer

"Take your time with this book and savor what it has to offer. Don't skip the front matter, either. It offers a very enjoyable read, and I learned quite a bit about the puzzle-making culture in Japan. The puzzle designers there publish under pen names by tradition. The book is also written with humor (occasionally unintentional) and with obvious passion...a fantastic introduction to almost a dozen different puzzle types."
-Geek Dad

"Bellos has been on a journey of enlightenment to Tokyo, the puzzle capital of the world, and brought back fixes more potent than Sudoku . . . A fun and infuriating book." —New Scientist

Product Details
ISBN: 9781452171050
ISBN-10: 145217105X
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Publication Date: July 10th, 2018
Pages: 288
Language: English