A travel-friendly puzzle-packed book that keeps the brain in shape One of the best ways to exercise the mind is through word and logic games like word searches and Sudoku. Studies have shown that doing word searches frequently can help prevent diseases like Alzheimer's and dementia. Word Searches For Dummies is a great way to strengthen the mind and keep the brain active plus, it's just plain fun! This unique guide features several different types of word searches that take readers beyond simply circling the answer: secret shape word searches, story word searches, listless word searches, winding words, quiz word searches, and more. It provides a large number of puzzles at different levels that will both test and exercise the mind while keeping the reader entertained for hours.
About the Author
Denise Sutherland is a syndicated Australian puzzle author. Her crosswords, word searches, and other puzzles appear in a wide range of Australian and international publications, and she has written five themed puzzle books. Sutherland runs her own graphic design business, Sutherland Studios, where she concentrates on creating handcrafted puzzles.
Table of Contents
Introduction. About This Book. Conventions Used in This Book. What You're Not to Read. Foolish Assumptions. How This Book Is Organized. Part I: Working with Word Searches. Part II: Starting with Straightforward Puzzles. Part III: Moving On to Complex Puzzles. Part IV: Hints and Answers. Part V: The Part of Tens. Icons Used in This Book. Where to Go from Here. Part I: Working with Word Searches. Chapter 1: Hunting through the World of Word Searches. Word Searches at a Glance. Using Word Searches to Keep Your Mind Sharp. Understanding dementia. Considering the importance of mind puzzles and games. A Fun Romp through Word Search History. Chapter 2: Perfecting Your Puzzle-Solving Strategies. Solving Word Searches. Gathering your equipment. Marking the words. Tackling the grid. Moving Past Word Searches: Anagrams and Other Word Games. Understanding anagrams. Anagramming tricks. Rearranging letters for tile games. Baffl ing letter squares. Staying alive in Hangman. Part II: Starting with Straightforward Puzzles. Chapter 3: Trying Your Hand at Simple Word Searches. Chapter 4: Reading up on Story Word Searches. Chapter 5: Finding Hidden Words in Your Puzzles. Chapter 6: Solving Secret Shapes. Part III: Moving On to Complex Puzzles. Chapter 7: Gathering Your Wits for Scrambled Searches. Chapter 8: Are You Ready for Some Quiz Words? Taking the Quiz. Turning to the Grid. Chapter 9: Solving Secret List Word Searches. Chapter 10: Weaving Your Way through Winder Words. Chapter 11: Discovering Anagrams and Other Word Games. Part IV: Hints and Answers. Chapter 12: Helpful Hints to Keep You Going. Understanding the Grid Coordinate System. Chapter 1 Hint. Chapter 3 Hints. Chapter 4 Hints. Chapter 5 Hints. Chapter 6 Hints. Chapter 7 Hints. Chapter 8 Hints. Chapter 9 Hints. Chapter 10 Hints. Chapter 11 Hints. Chapter 13: The Answers You Seek. Part V: The Part of Tens. Chapter 14: Ten Letter-Pattern Tips. Letters by Frequency. Common First Letters. Common Last Letters. Follow Me: Common Letter Sequences. Two's Company: Digraphs. Make That Three: Trigraphs. Double the Fun: Double Letters. Common Prefixes. Common Suffixes. Common Consonant Patterns at the Beginnings of Words. Chapter 15: Ten Benefi ts of Doing Word Searches. They're Portable Boredom-Busters. They Keep Your Brain Active. They Increase Your Vocabulary. They Help You Learn New Languages. They Help You Gather Knowledge in a Way that Makes Sense to You. They Let You Relax and Have Fun. They Sharpen Your Spelling Skills. They Train Your Brain to Recognize Patterns. They Help You Overcome Insomnia. They're a Way to Spend Quality Time with the Family. Chapter 16: Ten Steps to Help You Design Your Own Word Search. Step 1: Choose a Theme. Step 2: Gather Your Words. Step 3: Make the Big Grid Decisions. Step 4: Assemble the Tools of the Trade. Step 5: Just Add Words. Step 6: Ponder the Punctuation. Step 7: Erase and Change as Needed. Step 8: Fill in the Grid. Step 9: Check and Recheck the Puzzle. Step 10: Make It Pretty. Using a computer. Writing it out by hand.
I'm really enjoying this book! The author has included very thorough instructions, and there's an excellent range of puzzles, from simple word searches through to ones with hidden messages, hidden pictures, quizzes, anagrams, and tons more.
There's a really interesting range of themes, and there's even instructions on how to write your own word search puzzle from scratch, which looks pretty cool.
I thought that all word search books were created equal and I couldn’t have been more wrong. I bought the book Word Searches for Dummies because I am fond of word search puzzles. What I got was the surprise of my life.
Denise Sutherland has opened a whole new world of word search puzzles for me. In my experience the words were found up, down, diagonally and occasionally backwards. This perception comes from years of the puzzle section of local newspapers and news stand publications.
When I first opened this book I was greeted by these same types of puzzles. However, as I continued to flip through the pages I was greeted by increasingly difficult and unique puzzles covering a wide variety of topics. Words are no longer found in a straight line as the wind themselves through the letter chart and leftover letters now create white spaces which form simple pictures.
If that weren’t enough to tickle your brain, Ms Sutherland has done some wonderful things with the word lists. Word searchers must answer simple (or not so simple) questions about North American culture and history, unscramble letters or translate the word list into English to find the words hidden in the letter chart.
The author has also included a gift for word search enthusiast. The book contains a chapter on how to create your own word search puzzles, something I am eager to try now that I've seen how varied this type of puzzle can be.
This is a thoroughly enjoyable, user-friendly book.
Written and laid out in a personable manner, the book gives a fascinating insight into the world of the word search. The early pages delve into the intricacies, benefits and history of word searches before looking at clever strategies for solving the puzzles. Other interesting aspects of word play are also discussed.
The middle part of the book is filled with word searches of a surprising number of different varieties, some of which I hadn’t seen before. The puzzles, which are graded by difficulty level, are followed by their own section of hints and naturally, the answers.
Further solving tips and benefits follow, and the book concludes with an expert and fun step-by-step guide to creating your own word searches.
I highly recommend Word Searches for Dummies. You’ll have a great time and when you’re finished, you’ll realise you've become an expert word searcher.
Well, well, who would have thought there was so much to word searches, let alone that someone could make a book about them interesting. Ms Sutherland has not only done that but gone a long way beyond. Somewhere between the covers of her book I have been transformed from a rusted-on cryptic crossword snob (The Times and The Guardian only, if you please) into a dewy-eyed neophyte in the delightful and diverse world of word searches. Ms Sutherland has produced an enticing compendium of puzzles of many different designs, themes and degrees of difficulty, together with a wealth of information on the history, trivia and science of word puzzles.
The book opens with a nice sized and nicely paced chunk of information about word searches and other word puzzles, what they are, what they are about and techniques for solving them. Interspersed through this are interesting little morsels about word searches that keep the text engaging.
After that comes a smorgasbord of puzzles of all different kinds, enough to satisfy every solver and occupy any given mood.
All the answers are there at the back of the book of course, but with a little mental elbow grease and Ms Sutherland's excellent tutorial, this is one section you shouldn't need to read very often.
And finally, there is a last tasty dessert with yet more interesting factoids, tips and trivia and even instructions for creating your own puzzles.
I found the textual sections well crafted, logically presented and written in that clever style that draws you on and makes you want to discover what comes next, what is over the page and what is revealed in the next chapter. The puzzles themselves are likewise well crafted, entertaining and varied.
Be warned though. For the dedicated puzzler (which description will surely cover most people, once they read this book) Word Searches for Dummies threatens to be worse time eater than a pair of new kittens.
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