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The Best Puzzle Books, Games and Quizzes to Test Your Little Grey Cells this Christmas?

Posted on 12th December 2017 by Martha Greengrass

Christmas. A time of friendship, family, festive good will and, of course, fierce competitive instinct. After, all, what’s Christmas for if not proving to your nearest and dearest who is boss. Score cards at the ready then, let's get quizzical!

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A fantastically funny book for all the family from much-loved TV personality Richard Osman. Who would win in a head-to-head between Quavers and Cheesy Wotsits? And What's the ultimate Christmas film (Home Alone, obviously). The World Cup of Everything is an incredibly popular format that began life on twitter. Now you can take the decision making into your own hands.

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Put your brain to the test with never-before-seen mind benders, riddles and puzzles inspired by the code breakers of Bletchley Park. Would you love to master morse code? Could you have have outsmarted an enigma machine? The code breakers of Bletchley Park were united in their love of a good puzzle. If you feel the same, why not dive in and discover: Would Bletchley Park have recruited you?
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If 3=T, 4=S, 5=P, 6=H, 7=H ...what is 8? What is the next letter in the sequence: M, V, E, M, J, S, U, ? Which of the following words is the odd one out: CHAT, COMMENT, ELF, MANGER, PAIN, POUR? Pit your wits against the people who cracked Enigma in the official puzzle book from Britain's secretive intelligence organisation, GCHQ.
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Packed with over 120 questions inspired by the popular quiz show, this card game means you and your family have the opportunity to outrun the Chaser. Will you gamble or play it safe? Test your skills to the limit, just don't get caught!
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Containing over 400 questions from the fiendishly difficult to some brain-stretching quizzes for younger readers, this book will see the devilish wits of TV’s brainiest boffins put to the page for the first time, with tricks and tests to taunt even the smuggest sofa-shouter.
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Welcome to Nemo's Almanac, the ultimate quiz for bibliophiles. Wonderful, maddening, enlightening, it has been the well-guarded secret of the literary world for over one hundred years, beloved by authors and booksellers alike. Now in book form for the first time, you can experience its fiendishly addictive qualities for yourself, putting your literary knowledge to the test.
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This pack of 50 large cards features a series of Mensa tests that will really measure your mind power! Genius is a term bandied around all too freely these days but could you be one?
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The ultimate stocking filler for the puzzle fanatic. A collection of challenges from throughout history, featuring some of the greatest ever puzzle masters. There is something here to suit every taste, including crosswords, mathematical challenges, word games and logic conundrums from ages past. Timeless and entertaining.
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Alex Bellos presents a brain-bending mix of history, reportage, and over 200 mind-boggling puzzles. In this book, you will find: 20 new types of addictive puzzles from Slitherlink to Akari; Puzzles ranging in difficulty from dojo to sensei; and, tips on how to crack the most fiendish puzzles in history. Arm yourself with a sharp pencil, a sharp mind and let's get puzzling!
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Iconic and instantly recognisable. It has 43 quintillion combinations but it can be solved in under 10 secs. Test and develop your memory, sequencing and problem solving skills with the classic puzzle game, Rubik's Cube, the best selling puzzle in history.
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The Crystal Maze is back and there's no place like dome. Packed with over 100 new games and puzzles, challenge your friends and family to play The Crystal Maze at home. Travel through the four zones - Aztec, Industrial, Future and Medieval - guided by Maze Master Richard Ayoade. Some games are quick whilst others require a bit more preparation but all can be played with household items!
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Only Connect is the ultimate test of knowledge and lateral thinking. Covering each of the show's four rounds - Connections, Sequences, the Connecting Wall and Missing Vowels - and with introductions from presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell, here is your chance to put your own sleuthing and quizzical knowledge to the Only Connect test.
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