Tabloyd X-Word Puzzles by Sam Loyd

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54 different word puzzles to solve. Unique to Sam Loyd. Not crosswords as you know them.


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These are word puzzles but not crossword puzzles as we usually think of them. Designed in the 1920’s by Sam Loyd these unique Tabloyd X-Word puzzles will appeal to people who enjoy solving crossword and other word puzzles but are looking for something with an extra challenge.
Easch puzzle has two elements to it. The first part has a series of words you need to discover, and write in the column provided from top to bottom. The second part is words you need to discover and cross out from the column. The remaining letters will provide you with the answer to the puzzle.
There’s a sample puzzle inside and a total of 54 puzzles to solve. Solutions are included at the back of the book.

Sam Loyd (1842-1911) was a controversial character.  He is widely acknowledged as one of America’s great puzzle designers although he wasn’t always the most honest. He’s well known for starting the 15 Puzzle craze of the 1880’s and claiming the puzzle was his idea and you can still find him credited with the invention all over the internet today. He was not the inventor. That was Noyes Chapman, who applied for a patent in March 1880. 
Another example of Sam Loyd’s less than ethical behaviour can be seen in his publication of The Eighth Book Of Tan in 1908. A book of seven hundred unique Tangram designs and a fanciful history of the origin of the Tangram, claiming that the puzzle was invented 4,000 years ago by a god named Tan. This was presented as true and has been described as “Sam Loyd’s Most Successful Hoax”.

As far as we know he did design all the puzzles printed in this Tabloyd X-Word Puzzle book.

Designed in the USA and printed in Australia. The Sam Loyd Company was founded by Sam Loyd in 1892 to produce his many inventions. When he passed away in 1911, it was inherited by his son, Sam Loyd Junior, who continued to run it until his own death in 1934. Today, that same company is responsible for promoting, educating, publishing, distributing and protecting the work and legacies of both Sam Loyd and Sam Loyd Junior. 

Size: 60 glossy pages 210mm x 150mm with a Sam Loyd bookmark.

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Weight 0.125 kg
Dimensions 21 × 15 × 1 cm


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