Monday, June 7, 2010

Farewell to an Engaging Puzzler

The blogger was listening to Click and Clack on NPR this weekend and heard them discussing Martin Gardner, the puzzle king.  Apparently several years ago Tommy claimed Gardner was dead.  Shortly after that they received a call from a guy named Jim, who said he was a big fan of Gardner's and thought for sure he would have heard about Gardner's death before they did.  Turns out Jim was Gardner's son!  Gardner had heard the broadcast and told his son to call those guys and tell them, "I'm not dead!"

Alas, last month Martin really did shuffle off this mortal coil at age 95. But lucky for us, he had been a prolific writer and puzzler. And luckier for us, I just checked the Fairfax County Public Library catalog and there are at least 15 books that Gardner authored or co-authored. So if you want to tickle your brain, pick up one of these books!

And if you want to know a little more about Gardner, check out this obituary by The Economist.

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