By Kyle Hendrickson, Julie Hendrickson, Matt Kenneke, Danny Hendrickson
Get mentally healthy by way of workout your mind on those superb considering puzzles! tough and not easy, they call for a versatile thought-process and a capability to work out past the most obvious. Are you as much as the duty? for instance: whereas in his neighborhood pub, J.P. comes again from the bathroom and sees a person stealing his pockets. rather than confronting the thief, J.P. simply stands there and watches him spend the money. are you able to clarify this passive reaction? (Answer: J.P is a counterfeiter who sought after the pockets snatched; he may well then cost and spot if the cash may perhaps go as genuine.) attempt to determine this one out: Jim develops an problematic plan to flee from legal. He succeeds, and really telephones the felony guards to inform them the place he's. yet they do not convey him again to criminal! Why? (Jim wasn't a convict, yet somebody employed through gurus to check their safety system.) another treacherously tricky puzzle offers with a "wonder girl" who can circulate a two-ton piece of apparatus with out support (she's an astronaut in a boat with 0 gravity, the place gadgets are weightless). in case you are having difficulty, clue pages can help you in your approach! Sterling ninety six pages, a hundred b/w illus., five 3/8 x eight 1/4.
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