While there is a bit of text about how to solve word searches, the benefits of solving them, and their history, this is basically a book of word searches. There are hundreds of puzzles, with a great variety. They range from simple word searches to themed puzzles, quizzes, anagrams, and heaps more. There is even a whole chapter devoted to teaching you how to create your own word search puzzle, too, using pen and paper. Definitely an engaging and stimulating book for anyone who loves these popular puzzles.
The first edition of Word Searches for Dummies was published in early May 2009. Inevitably, it includes a smattering of errors which snuck past the eagle eyes of all the editors and myself.
There are a few minor formatting and text issues, but the ones listed below are the more important factual errors to notice.
- Puzzle 28 (pg 58) – The puzzle grid is an old version, sadly, and does not include COCOA or EXPENSIVE. You can download the correct grid here.
- Puzzle 29 (pg 60) – The New York producer was David Belasco, not Belsaco.
- Puzzle 33 (pg 68) – In the last paragraph, peace should be in bold – it’s in the puzzle grid, waiting to be found!
- Puzzle 37 (pg 76) – Spooner was born in London, and worked at Oxford University which is – funnily enough – in Oxford, not London!
- Puzzle 38 (pg 78) – Ironically, mispeld tixt is misspelt! It should be mislped tixt.
- Puzzle 196 (pg 262) – An old version of the puzzle grid made it in, unfortunately, so while the word list and answer grid are correct, the
- puzzle grid isn’t. The puzzle mostly works, but the word FIG is not in the puzzle grid.
You can download the correct grid here.
- Hint for Puzzle 5 (pg 294) – There are five words running vertically, not four.
- Hint for Puzzle 145 (pg 301) – The answer to number 6 is CERN, not number 7.
- Hint for Puzzle 158 : TOURTIÉRE is the correct spelling (not TOURTIÉR)
The Dummies Cheat Sheet for this book covers:
- How to Solve a Word Search Puzzle
- Benefits of Solving Puzzles
- How to Write a Word Search Puzzle
- Tips for Staying Mentally Fit — Solve Puzzles and More!
- Errata: Word Searches for Dummies
- Publisher: Wiley Publishing Inc.
- Editor: Sarah Faulkner
- Available in: Paperback
- ISBN: 978-0-470-45366-7
- Published: 13 April 2009
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I think this title is now out of print, but Wiley hasn’t answered any of my emails asking them about it.