Almost everyone is born with the capacity to be creative, but such skills are often neglected or untapped. Lateral thinking is all about thinking outside the box, breaking out of familiar thought patterns and coming up with new possibilities. It is one of the keys to improving creativity. This book of brand new lateral puzzles aims to encourage you to think creatively. Whether at work, as part of an assessment or simply for fun, learning to think creatively can be hugely rewarding and make a real difference to your ability. By trying to find unusual or unexpected associations, patterns and connections, you can learn to keep an open mind and to look at everything in a different way.With plenty of original puzzles (about 250) and tips, this book provides an ideal opportunity for anyone to practise thinking laterally and improve his or her creativity. Lloyd King is a renowned lateral thinking expert. A prolific puzzle creator, he has contributed to numerous books and is the author of... More > Amazing “Aha!” Puzzles.< Less
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A Selection of Reviews of 'Test Your Creative Thinking' Paul Sloane - Lateral Thinking expert and author "Lloyd, 'What living thing is a cross between a man and a cat?' That is a great riddle! I was recommended your books by a contact. I got Test Your Creative Thinking and I enjoyed it. Many puzzle books rehash old material but you are creating clever new puzzles. In fact I was so impressed that I added it to my Listmania list of Great Puzzle Books." Ajit Athle - Puzzle enthusiast "Your puzzles are out of this world! Superb!" Creativity Unleashed "This is the best source we’ve come across for [lateral thinking] puzzles and should be on the shelf of anyone who wants to improve personal creativity." Management Today "Succeed in giving your mind a good work-out…best of its kind." Business Plus "This book provides an ideal opportunity for anyone to assess and improve their creativity." Dianekmt Mind Enhancing Entertainment! "'Test... More > Your Creative Thinking' is a book of challenging, lateral thinking puzzles. And you don't need to belong to an elite club, have obscure, specialist knowledge, or be old enough to have accumulated years of trivial information, in order to solve them. If you enjoy puzzles, but are sick of boring logic and I.Q. puzzles, then this is the book for you! For those unfamiliar with the concept of lateral thinking, 'Test Your Creative Thinking' is the ideal instruction manual. Attempting these puzzles will actually encourage you to think laterally, that is with creativity and imagination, as well as with logic. To solve Lloyd King's puzzles you need to engage your imagination and reason in new ways, exercising your lateral thinking skills. Even if you find some of the puzzles too difficult, and give up in frustration, peeking at an answer will inspire you to think more creatively in the future. Reading this book provides a true learning experience. Not only that, 'Test Your Creative Thinking' is very entertaining. The puzzles have 'attitude', some of them are really quite cheeky, and the solutions will have you smiling, at the very least. The puzzles are more suited to older children and adults, though young children appreciate the humour, and can benefit from being shown the puzzles together with their solutions. 'Test Your Creative Thinking' is the type of book that people like to share with friends. But be warned, if you lend this book to anyone, it will be passed around, and you may never see it again. ...Better to be on the safe side and buy two of them!!!" Cliff Pickover - Author Wow. Really forces the reader to "think outside the box". "Lloyd King has created a fantastic book of puzzles that coax the reader to use lateral thinking and to break out of standard patterns of thought. This book is an incredible mind expander. The puzzles are original and hugely rewarding and will make a difference in the way you look at the world. The ultimate brain work out. Buy the book and feed your head." Jan Merolant of 'Creative Puzzels' Wonderfully Tricky. "Lloyd King surely belongs to one of the great innovative puzzle designers of this time. His puzzles are so imaginative and unusually tricky, it is a joy to try them. When you fail to see the intended answer, you get an even greater thrill when his clever answers are revealed. This book will give you many hours of amusement, and is definitely a must have. I own all of Lloyd King's books, and I can't wait to get my hands on his next book." Bill Bultas of 'Puzz.com' Perhaps the Best Puzzle Book I Have Ever Worked Through. "And I have worked through dozens. As a professional puzzle writer/creator, I get to see a lot of "old chestnuts" that are repackaged versions of puzzles written decades or even centuries ago. Lloyd's book is quite different. There are a few authors (who I will not name) who have given "lateral thinking" something of a bad reputation. By comparison, Lloyd uses excellent illustrations (he is a painter and artist, btw), and really fun teasers that will have you scratching your head until you have that "aha!" experience and KNOW the answer. At first I couldn't make heads or tails of his puzzles, but once you get inside his head, it is quite enjoyable. I have now spent far too many hours on this book, and plan to spend many more. Fun stuff." Barry R. Clarke of 'The Puzzling World of Barry R. Clarke' Puzzle Art. "Go to any bookstore, take a puzzle book from the shelf, and browse through the pages. Of all the puzzles in the book you see in front of you, how many of them are derivatives of previously published material? The answer's simple - most of them. Blandness and repetition can be found on bookshelves in abundance. In contrast, Mr King's work is full of originality and this fact alone deserves celebration. He has done more than most to develop the closed lateral puzzle, the form where all necessary information is given. Their difficulty often lies in there being only a single clue, sometimes only in the title, and this is bound to stretch one's powers of perception and interpretation. If, as a result, the solution is beyond your reach, don't feel cheated or defeated. Just look in the back of the book and try to see it as a work of art - because quite a lot of it is." Jonathan Wai from The United States Into The Mind of a Puzzle Wizard. "The best puzzles are not always the ones with the most logical solution, but oftentimes those that stimulate your brain to make connections in an entirely new manner. Just as there are multiple proofs to mathematical problems, there are many novel ways to solve creative thinking puzzles that require various mixtures of convergent and divergent thinking. In Test Your Creative Thinking, Lloyd King brings together an adequate balance of intelligence, creativity and humor that pushed me to invent new patterns of thought. One of the features I appreciated most about the book is the way it progresses evenly from low to high degrees of difficulty in a continuous development. Many of the items are deceptively easy, or seem to have no solution at all, but that is because the solution is typically a creative twist that is completely unique to Lloyd King. The advanced test will be a challenge to even the best puzzle solvers, and will without a doubt be a mental exercise worth engaging in. What I enjoyed most about this book, as well as Lloyd's other books and creations, is the humor and easy going fun tone throughout the book. Many of the puzzles are indeed out of the box and the stories and settings that accompany them are no exception. I have purchased many puzzle books, and spent countless hours solving puzzles that seem canned or derivations of many others I had seen before. In Test Your Creative Thinking, this is definitely not the case, as puzzle wizard Lloyd King provides an opportunity to experience the workings of his equally divergent and convergent mind."< Less
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