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The 125 Best Brain Teasers of All Time by Marcel Danesi Book Review

Updated on July 13, 2018
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The Book

Title: The 125 Best Brain Teasers of all Time

Author: Marcel Danesi, Ph.D

Length: 189 pages

Publishing Date: 2018

Publishing Company: Zephyros Press

The Author

Marcel Danesi has written puzzles for the Toronto Star and the Readers Digest. He teaches at the Victoria College of the University of Toronto on the history of puzzles and what they mean to human life. He is a professor of anthropology at this college since 1974. He has written many other books on different subjects besides puzzles. He writes blogs for Psychology Today on puzzles.

Other Books Written by the Author

The Total Brain Workout

The Complete Brain Workout

Italian Word Puzzles

He has also written many other books, these are just a few of them.

5 stars for This Book


The 125 Best Brain Teasers of all Time will test your wit in solving these brain teasers.

It will fascinate your mind from the moment you start reading this book.

There are challenges for every level starting from easy to difficult and arranged by word play, math, and logic.

You can test yourself and your friends with these teasers and if all fails, use the handy answers in the back of the book to find the answer.

The great thing about this book is the endless hours of entertainment that you have. This is a collection of the best brain teasers of every time period. Civilizations have always been fascinated by riddles and puzzles since the beginning of time. On page 25 of this book, you will find one of the oldest puzzles known and that is the Riddle of the Sphinz. In Greek mythology, the Sphinz is a monster that guarded the city of Thebes. In order to enter the city, the Sphinz had you answer a riddle, if you answered incorrect, you died on the spot but if you answered correctly, the Sphinz would kill itself. There were many who died but there was a man, Oedipus, who answered correctly and the Sphinz killed itself. The city of Thebes made Oedipus, King. I tried this riddle and I answered wrong. It's a good thing I wasn't there because I would have been killed.

This book also includes 15 fascinating facts about puzzles and riddles. The oldest known cipher is from the Sumerian period and was written in secret code. The cipher was dated to around 2500 BCE and written in cuneiform. This is amazing that a cipher was found from that time. This book also includes a segment on How to Use the Book, and 10 Puzzle-Solving Tips that the reader will find helpful. You don't have to be a genius to read this book.

There are all types of riddles in this book from missing numbers, math solving, to nursery rhymes. This is an example of a logic brain teaser:

As I was going to St. Ives, I met a man with seven wives. Each wife had seven sacks. Each sack had seven cats. Each cat had seven kits. Kits, cats, sacks, wives, how many were going to St. Ives? (Page 39)

I tried to answer this one and was totally off. You do have to read these carefully because they can trick you.

My Thoughts

i think the author did a great job with writing this book. The way the book is laid out, shows that he knew what he was doing when writing this book. I love that this is easy to read and understand.

The first part of the book features:

Level 1: Smarty Pants

Level 2: Prodigy

Level 3: Brainiac

Level 4: Mastermind

Level 5: Genius

And then it gives you the page numbers. With this book, you don't have to read from the beginning to the end. Each section can stand on its own.

The next section, pages 137-146 are clues to each of the 125 brain teasers. The third section are the answers to the brain teasers, then you have further reading and the index section that finishes of the book.

I really enjoyed this book, even though I am not good at puzzles. I tried some of these teasers and in the end had to look at the answers.

My Recommendation

I would recommend this book to everyone who love puzzles, brain teasers of every kind and anyone who loves to challenge themselves and their mind. This is good for young adults and up.


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      Jay C OBrien 

      20 months ago from Houston, TX USA

      Here are a couple or brain teasers:

      Why do so many people who believe in a Good God go to war and kill people?

      Did Joshua have a Covenant with God when he invaded the land of Canaan and commit genocide?


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