Gollum, gollum, gollum...
This is a tribute of tangrams based on characters and props from The Lord of the Rings. These original designs by Doug Nufer are whimsical and challenging. They include tributes to a Nazgul, Bilbo, dwarfs, orcs, ships, the members of The Fellowship, Gollum and even Mt. Doom, Lothlorien, and Bag End. See if you can solve them all before the One Ring is destroyed.
New Edition: The contents of this book have been updated to include a grid for solving the puzzles inside the book. The puzzles range in difficulty throughout the book. Some are more challenging than others. All puzzles have solutions using the same 7 tans (shapes). The puzzles can be solved by drawing on the grid, or by using the tangram template provided in the book to make physical tangram pieces (tans).
Note that the printed version of the book has the solutions in grayscale (black and white). Only the electronic version of the book has the solutions in color.
Tangrams are ancient Chinese, ingenious puzzles. They are deceptively simple in design, yet can stump even the most seasoned of puzzlers. Then, the light clicks on and the answer suddenly seems so obvious. It's amazing that so many puzzles can be solved with the exact same 7 shapes.
Following a brief introduction to tangrams, the main portion of the book provides challenging or whimsical Christmas-theme puzzles to solve, and their solutions, and the activities. This is followed by tidbits and trivia about tangrams and some famous people who have tinkered with tangrams over the years. (Can you solve the unsolvable "Mad Hatter" tangram created by Lewis Carroll?) It also provides some tips and suggestions for those with a competitive streak. The text sections of the books are largely the same in all books in the series, but the heart of the book - the part that includes the tangram puzzles - remains unique.
This book series was featured on the NewsWatch TV program on Discovery Channel: http: //newswatchtv.com/2015/12/18/tangram-fury/
Bringing tangrams into the 21st Century - and Middle Earth!
About the Author
Doug Nufer is the author of the poetry collections WE WERE WEREWOLVES (Make Now, 2008), The Dammed (ubu.com, 2011), and Lounge Acts (Insert Blanc, 2013). His novels include METAMORPHOSIS (Sagging Meniscus Press, 2018), Lifeline Rule (Spuyten Duyvil, 2015), BY KELMAN OUT OF PESSOA (Les Figues, 2011), The Mudflat Man/The River Boys (soultheft records, 2006), On the Roast (Chiasmus, 2004), NEGATIVELAND (Autonomedia, 2004), and Never Again (Black Square, 2004). His latest book is ROTALEVER REVELATOR (Sagging Meniscus, 2020). He sells wine in Seattle.