Author: Lloyd King
An outstanding puzzle book - blows others away by Bill Bultas, owner of Puzz.com Lloyd's lateral thinking puzzles first appealed to me when I worked through them in his Test Your Creative Thinking book by The Times/Kogan-Page. This book is even BETTER. 317 puzzles with absolutely wonderful illustrations. I fell in love with puzzles nearly 10 years ago, but my wife, a non-puzzler, is also enjoying this book. Well worth the purchase price.
Puzzles Are Fun by Philip Carter, prolific puzzle book author, UK
I like Lloyd King’s puzzles! They are challenging, creative, often very amusing, and great fun. For me, this is a 5 star puzzle collection, indeed Lloyd is a 5 star puzzler, and has been for the 20 or so years that I have known him.
King sized creativity by David Coldwell of South Africa
Coming from a relatively puzzle-less background, I am a recent convert to the imaginative puzzle world presented by Lloyd King's special brand of AHA! creative magic. This beautifully presented book contains puzzles ranging from the relatively simple to the almost impossible. Fortunately all the answers, with full and elaborate explanations, are available in the book so the reader is not only able to obtain emotional release if the need arises (as assuredly it will!) but is also able to gain a real insight into the mechanics of a truly creative and imaginative mind and in so doing improve his/her own creative and lateral thinking. This is a highly recommended book.
I warmly recommend this book by Albert Frank - Mathematician
When I read Lloyd King's book, Amazing Aha! Puzzles, I had the impression it's one of the best puzzle books ever written. There are very few books involving lateral thinking - for sure, this one does. Lloyd, founder of the VINCI Society, has an incredibly high imagination and creativity. He perfectly summarises his views in his article 'Creative Thinking' at www.ahapuzzles.com.
Magical AHA! puzzles by Muhammed Veletanlic, Sweden
This genial book is one of three books written by the master of puzzles Lloyd King. This one is his latest and maybe the best one, even if it would be rather unfair to draw that conclusion, because every one of his books is very different and unique in it's own way. Lloyd's book Test Your Creative Thinking is the one that made me love puzzles. Amazing AHA Puzzles contains over 300 puzzles. The remarkable and amazing thing is that every single puzzle is very unique and doesn't resemble any other puzzle in the book. That shows the writers colorful and versatile imagination and creativity. English is not my native language, so in the beginning, I found some of the wordy puzzles rather difficult. The fine thing is that these puzzles will even make you think English and learn English in quite an unique way. Therefore, I would recommend Lloyd King's books even to those who want to learn English and be better at English. The book's wonderful illustrations show us that an amazing amount of energy and time has been invested into every page of this work of genius.
Puzzles Can Be Adapted for Training and Workshops by Elizabeth Lowe, Trainer, West Virginia, USA
How does one invoke an "Aha" moment? How do you lead people from bewilderment to clarity with simple drawings, letters, and numbers? Lloyd King has perfected the art of puzzles, packing them with a triple punch of outright satisfaction, humor, and surprise. If you are a trainer or workshop leader, these puzzles can be adapted for your use. The puzzles are great for ice breakers for any group or topic or could be used as exercises to support topics such as creativity, humor, or even change management.I have been a trainer and/or workshop leader for over twenty years and am always looking for new ideas and ways to adapt existing materials to my training needs. Let me give an example how you can adapt Lloyd's puzzles as an ice breaker.
* Find out the number of participants in your workshop or session.
* Prior to your workshop pick out some puzzles from Lloyd King's book.
* You can simply redraw the puzzle on paper for each group.
* Consider dividing the workshop participants into small groups of 5-6 people.
* Offer participants an overview of the exercise. "Each group will be given a puzzle to solve. You have five minutes to work together and solve it. You will need to pick a representative who will describe your process to the entire group."
* Allow participants 5 minutes to collaboratively solve the puzzle.
* At the end of the time period have the representative from each group come forward one at a time, show the puzzle to the entire group, and describe how they reached the solution. If the group did not solve the puzzle - open the challenge up to the entire group. Provide guidance if necessary.
Amazing Aha! Puzzles by Lloyd King by Kay Lindgren
Are you finding it hard to focus on your work? Are you stressed by the tedium there? Are you a writer or an artist going through a dry spell? Or are you just somebody who finds the daily crossword too easy and, therefore, hungers for some challenging puzzles? If any of these are you (and even if none are!) you should buy this book. It will give you a stimulating mental workout that will get your creative juices flowing so you can solve those problems at work or break out that creative dry spell. You will also laugh and go "Eureka!" as you work these wonderful puzzles. I give it three thumbs up! The puzzles are truly amazing. Try them. Enjoy the good feeling you get when you solve one!
Excellent puzzle book for any puzzle lover by Monik Robichaud of 'Quotagrams.com'
I've been buying puzzle books for over 25 years, and finally I feel I've spent good money with Lloyd King's "AHA" puzzle book. On days that I had a spare half hour in my day to just sit back, relax and enjoy "ME" time, I would pick this book to challenge my brain, flex it, and laugh along with it. Once this puzzle book is finished, I intend to buy his other book at Amazon, "Test Your Creative Thinking", because I just can't get enough. Well done!!
Highly Recommended by Brian Clegg of 'Creativity Unleashed Ltd.'
This isn't just a recreational book of puzzles, although they are great just for fun. The aim according to the author is to 'improve your ability to "think outside the box" and boost your creativity.' It's an attractive concept that has some validity. Just as we need to exercise our physical muscles to achieve more with them, we need to give our mental muscles workouts at problem solving and idea generation, and one way to do this is through using puzzles. There's plenty in there, 317 in all, ranging from the relatively trivial to the absolutely stumping. One or two are frustrating because the logic is a little twisted or depends on what something sounds like (risky if English isn't your first language), but there's certainly a good mental workout. Probably the biggest single lesson is to look at each problem you are faced with in a range of different ways. Don't take things at face value. Watch out for the assumptions. It's easy enough to chant this mantra, but much harder to do it in practice - that's where plenty of exercise comes in. Highly recommended.