The Baffle Book

The Baffle Book

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If you revel in the sport of armchair criminal investigation, The Baffle Book is just your cup of poisoned orange pekoe. Here are fifteen old-fashioned but wonderfully challenging qdetective puzzles, q the unraveling of which requires you to develop your latent powers of observation and deduction ? qthose qualities of mind, q the authors argue, qwhich make the solution of the most inscrutable mysteries a veritable pleasure.qIn words, charts, and diagrams, Messrs. Wren and McKay put you at the crime scene and present you with the facts established by the police. What do you observe? Which are the telltale clues? What do you deduce? And how will you answer the questions posed at the end of each problem: qWho stole the emerald?q qWhere did the gang plan to meet?q qIn what city had the amnesia victim once worked?q Each question is scored to a degree of difficulty, with a perfect score of ten points per puzzle. And if you find you are stumped, you can turn to the back of the book, where the answers are printed (but upside-down, to deter you from giving up too easily). Don't cheat: you'll only spoil the fun.In such puzzle-stories as qThe Evidence on the Japanned Box, q qThe Toledo Death Threat, q and qThe Huppheimer Museum Robbery, q Wren and McKay sparked a craze for qten-minute mysteriesq that spread through the American pulp-detective magazines of the late 1920s. These are the granddaddies ? and perhaps the most perfect examples ? of this venerable puzzle genre.These are the granddaddies ? and perhaps the most perfect examples ? of this venerable puzzle genre.

Title:The Baffle Book
Author:Lassiter Wren, Randle McKay
Publisher:David R. Godine Publisher - 2006-10-01


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