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Stamps as Witnesses of History is not a book about the history of stamps as such. It is a book about how stamp issues since Rowland Hill invented the first adhesive postage stamp in 1840 have "witnessed" the seismic global political developments over the years. It is a guide to political philately, which aims to show how stamp issues have reflected and have related to key political events. Thus stamps of the North German Confederation marked a major stepping stone to German unification, a truly momentous political event, whilst selected African stamps of the 1960s celebrated the independence of many emerging African states from European colonial empires. The book is arranged geographically, covering the whole world. For each country entry, the major political developments are listed chronologically on the left hand side with contemporaneous stamps, supported in some instances by relevant commemoratives, on the right hand side.
All in one volume - -a colossal collection of favorite TV Guide crossword puzzles from the last four decades.
A 400 piece jigsaw of Granpaw Broon's Shed in the style of the famous collector's items - the Broons Jig-saw puzzles issued for 1943 and 1944 (The Living Room and The Seaside).
Wordsearch fans will love finding the hidden words in this collection of themed puzzles, each one presented in easy-to-read, large-print type, for ease and pleasure of use.
Cryptic crosswords from the Telegraph are the most popular around, and this bumper collection will both frustrate and delight in equal measure. Perfect for any spare moment, and completely addictive, these puzzles are certain to test your lateral thinking to the limit.
This unique card game lets you test how type savvy you are! For everyone who wants to get to know fonts a little better, what better way than to go on a date? Struggling to decide between Arial and Times New Roman for your CV? Can't tell the difference between Brush Script and Bodoni? Understand type in a totally new way with this fun new game. The attractive gift box includes a booklet explaining type psychology and provides suggestions for four games to play. Fifty cards feature different fonts to choose from: make your selection, then turn over to find out what the type you're attracted to says about the type of character you are!
One of the finest chess books ever written, the Art of Attack has
been transcribed into algebraic notation for the first time. In
this revised edition of the great classic, the author expounds both
the basic principles and the most complex forms of attack on the
king. A study of this masterpiece will add power and brilliance to
any chess enthusiast's play. (5 3/4' X 8 1/4', 352 pages,
There are many ways to assess personality. T his Mensa book examines the theories and background behind a number of them and offers the reader a chance to carry out a far-reaching self-assessment in a fresh and original manne r. '
Brick History-the next in the series after the highly successful Brick City, Brick Wonders, Brick Flicks, and Brick Vehicles-is a journey into the most pivotal moments in world history. Using LEGO bricks, artist Warren Elsmore and his team recreate stunning historic scenes, from the beginning of life in the pre-historic era right through to the inauguration of Barack Obama. Brick History is a celebration of humanity and its achievements, and of moments in time that changed the course of history.
These logic puzzles provide entertaining variations on Godel's incompleteness theorems, offering ingenious challenges related to infinity, truth and provability, undecidability, and other concepts. No background in formal logic necessary.
This attractive, handy pocket book will appeal to all twitchers, birders, ornithologists and garden-tickers. There are many species of birdwatcher, and they're all catered for by this unique book. From the serious (why vultures are dying out in Asia) to the bizarre (the parrot that can read minds); the informative (why waxwings have waxy wings) to the completely ridiculous (the avian footballing XI, starring Bobby Moorhen and Jimmy Grebes), 'The Birdwatcher's Pocket Companion' takes the reader through a veritable aviary of notes, quotes, facts and stats. But this book doesn't just contain fascinating snippets of information, it also offers extracts from the finest writing about birds over the centuries. Gilbert White shares space with Chaucer, while Flora Thompson nestles up to DH Lawrence. The market for this book is huge: Britons are birdwatching like never before. The RSPB alone has over one million members, while sales of garden bird food topped the GBP100 million mark last year. Of the three leading newsstand wildlife magazines, two are about birds, and the ratings for Bill Oddie's recent garden wildlife show, with its particular focus on birds, topped those of many soap operas.
A super-sized challenge for crossword lovers, selected by the Times2 Crossword Editor John Grimshaw. This Crossword appears weekly in the Saturday edition of The Times. The puzzles offer the same challenge as The Times2 daily crossword but the larger grid packs an extra punch! The clues are also a little more testing than the daily times2 crossword, to stretch the crossword enthusiast just a bit further, and provide hours of entertainment.
For anyone who loves the challenge of Su Doku but manages to solve them within minutes, you can now enjoy the extended mental workout and ultimate endurance test of a five grid interlinked system. This is Su Doku multiplied: every column, row and 3x3 box must contain the digits 1 to 9. Where the puzzles overlap, the rows and columns do not go beyond their usual 9x9 length but the interlocking boxes give you more clues - and more complexity. With another 100 new Samurai puzzles to vex you for hours, lose yourself in the four levels of this book: 30 Mild 30 Difficult 30 Super difficult 10 Deadly Even the speediest of Su Doku solvers will be agonising over these ultra-complex, extended brain-teasers. These are the most difficult Su Doku puzzles in The Times range.
Puzzle-solving is a favourite relaxation technique for many, and this book features a wide range of specially selected games to provide the perfect level of challenge and reward for your brain. Feel the tension release as you focus on each achievable and fun task, and experience the endorphin reward buzz as you successfully complete each puzzle. Stimulating your mind with each puzzle also helps unlock your brain's innate creativity, just as sleep and rest can help you reach a breakthrough on pending tasks. This book will help you feel refreshed and renewed, and ready to carry on with your daily life. Puzzles include a wide selection of standard puzzle types, avoiding the stress of the new, but without the boredom of over-repetition. They also include adult versions of relaxing kids' activities, such as dot-to-dots, mazes and even colouring and spot-the-difference puzzles.
Tax your brain and forget your troubles with the fantastic word search puzzles in this book, put together by puzzle master Dr Gareth Moore. For hours of fun, just pick up a pen and focus on these challenging exercises.
If you're like most beginning bridge players, you want to know more about bidding systems, and especially conventions. Even if you just play socially, it can't hurt to add a few choice gadgets to your bidding arsenal. This book describes and explains 25 basic conventions that you can easily assimilate into your own bidding. Each one is clearly and simply explained, and you'll see how it fits in the ACOL system if you decide to use it. Each chapter includes a helpful summary of key points and a quiz with full explanations of all the answers.
This deck of playing cards feature the faces of television's most beloved - the characters of Seinfeld. You might be asking yourself (with that very particular inflection), what's the deal with playing cards? Well, if you must know, they originated in China during the Tang dynasty around the ninth century. Now we use them to play fun games with friends, to gamble away our livelihoods and to confuse young children with illusions. And now, at long last, we have Seinfeld playing cards printed on high quality material. This is a classic deck with 52 standard cards and two jokers. Each of the Seinfeld characters has a suit: Jerry represents diamonds, Elaine is hearts, George is clubs, which leaves Kramer with spades. Naturally, Newman is the joker.
Use your powers of deduction to solve these hugely enjoyable puzzles.
This compilation of more than 500 conundrums promises hours of puzzling fun!
A brilliant puzzle book for use at home or on the move, perfect for all ages and abilities.
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