Early civilizations shaped our world by solving puzzles and brain teasers. Faced with a problem, they could visualize and execute a creative solution with few resources. These brilliant innovations are the foundations of our modern society and the mark of true genius. In this beautiful collection, you’ll find challenging brain teasers based on the following cultures: Ancient China, Greece, Egypt, Rome, and the Aztecs.
Chinese Tea: Legends credit China’s Emperor Shennong is the first person to infuse tea leaves with boiling water during a march with his army in 2737BC. For thousands of years since, this aromatic brew warmed social gatherings and was sipped as a medicinal cure. The history of tea has deep roots in China’s rich culture. This classic puzzle is a staple ingredient in any puzzle collection and is as time-honored as China’s True Genius. Difficulty = 3 stars (1-4 scale).
Greek Water Mill: Greek engineer Philo of Byzantium revolutionized food production by refining the design of the water mill. Its primary use of grinding grain led to the increased production of edible staples including rice, cereal, pulses, and flour. This surplus of food helped sustain the Greek empire and remained unchanged for centuries. This brain strengthening game offers a simple mechanical design as refined as the Greeks’ True Genius. Difficulty 3 stars (1-4 scale).
Egyptian Pi: The Egyptians were the first civilization to approximate the value of Pi, which was instrumental in accomplishing many of their engineering feats. Writings dating back to 1650BC show that they had a procedure to find the area of a circle, which was eventually transposed into the precise engineering of the pyramids. This puzzle is centered around the inspiring precision of Egypt’s True Genius. Difficulty = 4 stars (1-4 scale).
Roman Keys: While the Babylonians and Egyptians were the first to create a lock and key mechanism, the Romans applied the innovative use of metal alloys to reduce the size and improve the security of locks. Their durable design remained unchanged for more than 17 centuries and is still the model for the locks we use today! This puzzle challenges you to unlock two keys and crack the code of Rome’s True Genius. Difficulty 2 stars (1-4 scale).
Aztec Passion Flower: The Aztecs pioneered homeopathic medicine by harvesting the healing power of herbs and spices. The discovery of the passion flower was a pivotal moment in this field as it proved to be a powerful pain reliever. Prized in Victorian times for the beauty of the flowers, this timeless ingredient is still used today to treat a wide range of ailments This puzzle offers a classic, stress releasing challenge that harnesses the passion of the Aztecs True Genius. Difficulty = 4 stars (1-4 scale).
**Not for young children. There are small pieces.