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6/22/2008 8:50:50 AM

readnbead
readnbead
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Just wondering if there are any plans for future editions of this magazine? I loved the first issue and am eagerly waiting for the second. This magazine has just the variety of puzzles I love to solve when I just have a short chunk of time to fill.

6/24/2008 3:21:07 PM

Dell Editorial Staff
Dell Editorial Staff
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Thank you for your posting. We are glad you are enjoying Dell Brain Boosters, our new bimonthly title. Volume 2 goes on sale the week of July 7 and Volume 3 will follow in September. Thanks again for your message and happy solving!

7/4/2008 11:00:58 AM

readnbead
readnbead
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Or possibly the week of June 30th, since I picked up a copy on July 2nd smile I'm looking forward to working on this issue over the holiday weekend, it arrived just in time.

7/5/2008 11:38:43 PM

jeffloeb
jeffloeb
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Are there any plans for enabling subscriptions to Brain Boosters?

7/7/2008 7:29:15 PM

jeffloeb
jeffloeb
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FWIW. I bought the second issue of Brain Boosters at a Barnes and Noble bookstore in San Diego, California.

7/7/2008 9:34:46 PM

readnbead
readnbead
Posts: 12
I'd be very interested in subscribing to this publication. I hate having to watch for it at the newsstand and would rather have it delivered!

7/8/2008 7:20:54 AM

jeffloeb
jeffloeb
Posts: 77
u and me both. I made some comments to puzzles@dellmagazines.com. Like, I'd like the same sorts of puzzles that are in karlazone.com, Figure Logic, and Futoshiki.

7/8/2008 7:17:23 PM

MontiTech
MontiTech
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I was talking to Customer Service last week,
they said they will eventually offer a subscription depending on the responce (number of copies sold)

Tony

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montitech.com
www.junkyardtees.com

7/9/2008 12:20:13 PM


Guest
We're delighted that Brain Boosters has met with such positive interest. We hope to be able to offer the magazine by subscription on this site in the future. When we do begin offering subscriptions here, we'll be sure to announce their availability in the What's New section.

In the meantime, we'll be offering the most recent issue on the site, and new issues will continue to be available at newsstand.

Thank you again for your interest in what we believe is a truly great product.

Thanks,


Admin

7/16/2008 12:10:44 AM

blkbltchick
blkbltchick
Posts: 1
i bought brain booster vol one and loved it.... however i can't for the life of me find vol 2.... even online from this site it only offers vol one... and i agree a subscription to this magazine would be wonderful

7/16/2008 2:26:39 AM

jeffloeb
jeffloeb
Posts: 77
look in various bookstores, such as barnes and noble

look in various supermarkets

9/17/2008 11:40:28 AM

PrettyPorcupine
PrettyPorcupine
Posts: 8
How different is it from other Dell publications?

Also, aren't all puzzles and crosswords "brain boosters," or am I just trying to convince myself my hobby/obsession is good for me??

9/17/2008 11:02:17 PM

readnbead
readnbead
Posts: 12
good point--I'd have to say all puzzles really are brain boosters. This one's unique in the sense that it has a wide variety of puzzles in a combination that generally aren't found in other Dell publications. A quick flip through Volume 3 and I find a mix of sudoku, analogies, picture/image puzzles, math and logic puzzles, and lots of word-based puzzles. There are lots of puzzles found in other Dell magazines, but I like this mix because I find the puzzles to be relatively quick to solve, but engaging and of a nice variety. I'll have to admit that many are waaaay to easy for my taste, but there are enough challenges to make this worth it for me. Plus, when there are easy puzzles that I don't complete, I can then share the issues with my nephews smile

Now that that's all said--when can I subscribe to this so I don't have to stalk the newstand!

11/22/2008 10:03:05 AM

readnbead
readnbead
Posts: 12
I just paid for my subscription to Brain Boosters--thanks for finally making this available! It was very difficult to hunt down here at the local newsstands.

8/4/2011 10:31:45 PM


Guest
Howdy, folks. This is a long ago thread, but if I may, I'd like to give it a little 'boost' to the top of the forum.

Been a few years since this book came out, and luckily enough, they've been offering value packs. I was a bit skeptical, but in reading the little blurb about them here, and reading what the good Doctor's articles had to say, I decided to go all in and pick up the maximim sized pack.

I'm glad I did. First off, they're 'pocket' sized books. I don't think I've ever seen a variety puzzle mag in this format, which is cool. Second, they're segmented into days. Now, I personally find that to be an upfront challenge, daring me to finish all of the puzzles for each day. I'm not a time regimented solver, so it isn't getting it done within the 24 hour period, it's finishing each day that is the challenge. Why? Well, some of the puzzles I've come across aren't my cup of tea, that I may skip if I've found them in other publications. With the format in days, it sort of breaks the book into segments that need to be defeated, all of them, no matter if I have tried them before, or if they appeal to me. I need to finish that day to feel satisfied! So, for me, the format has pushed me to try new puzzles, and expand my puzzling horizons. A good side effect for me.

A little niggle for the editors and perhaps the inkers. The puzzles with the colored aspects to them. Let me grab one to give an example... Hold on.. Hilarious. I was going to say the oranges and reds in the Star-Crossed Journey were too similar, but it's fixed in the volume six I happened to pick up, orange gone and pink replacing. Good job, folks. One other slight niggle in the picture puzzles edition that I did. Having a change in the black portion of the pictures was evil, heheheh. That was so subtle, I couldn't see it, after poring over the picture for the better part of an hour for that one last difference, it was in a black circle on a black reel that I had to discover by reading the answer. Naughty folks, you. I'm sure that'll be fixed in the next volume I get to as well, but I only got three of them in my pack, and I'm saving them to savor them. I really enjoy those sorts of puzzles, and match-ups, and shadows, and mirrors, and all their ilk. (Side note: There are plenty of those puzzles in the regular Brain Boosters in a myriad of forms, so thank you.)

Great format. Great little mags. Love the good Doctor's column in them. I really hope Boosters has a long and healthy life for PD.

Great stuff, guys and gals. I really appreciate the product.

8/5/2011 10:42:08 AM

Frances
Frances
Posts: 458
Hi TDHO,

I have also enjoyed a few issues of Brain Boosters. It was the colorfulness and digest size that drew me. I just picked up Volume 20, September. Unfortunately, it's going to be the last one as they are ceasing publication due to low sales. I'll miss it as a constructor, too, as some of my puzzles had been included in the magazines.

Frances.
<em>edited by Frances on 8/5/2011</em>

8/5/2011 11:22:32 AM

Bernadette1959
Bernadette1959
Posts: 605
Hi Frances,

I'm sorry to hear this, for your sake as a constructor, as well as others who enjoyed the magazine.

I read TDHO's comment earlier and thought that maybe I would pick up a copy. I've leafed through them before but decided to stick with the magazines I usually buy. Well, I may still pick up the Sept. copy! smile

Bernadette

8/12/2011 12:14:47 AM


Guest
Frances wrote:
Hi TDHO,

I have also enjoyed a few issues of Brain Boosters. It was the colorfulness and digest size that drew me. I just picked up Volume 20, September. Unfortunately, it's going to be the last one as they are ceasing publication due to low sales. I'll miss it as a constructor, too, as some of my puzzles had been included in the magazines.

Frances.
edited by Frances on 8/5/2011


Well, that makes me a little sad, frankly, Frances. I thought I was finding a new addiction, but I DO unsterstand that this is a business. The bottom line becomes the top line of thinking if it gets too low. I hope I've played or will be playing and enjoying some of your work as I puzzle through these little gems. I'd ask, but don't feel it proper. I've got 13 more issues in my possession and hearing that news, I think I'll covet them a bit more than I would.

If they're going to nix the whole of it, I want to be the first to vehemently lobby for keeping the picture puzzles editions. With the print, I'm sure they're more costly to produce than other books, but finding the changes in pictures, illustrations, mirror images, shadows, and graphic puzzles are EXTREMELY addictive to me. I lost all control with the first one I did and finished it in a day. I embarrassed myself with my overenthusiastic addiction, heheh.

At least I have 13 more, and among them, 2 more of those if they go the way of the wholes series...

I'm a little ferklempt now... Sniffle.

8/12/2011 12:24:19 AM


Guest
Bernadette1959 wrote:
Hi Frances,

I'm sorry to hear this, for your sake as a constructor, as well as others who enjoyed the magazine.

I read TDHO's comment earlier and thought that maybe I would pick up a copy. I've leafed through them before but decided to stick with the magazines I usually buy. Well, I may still pick up the Sept. copy! smile

Bernadette


I don't think you'll be disappointed by the magazine, Bernadette. Go on and pick it up. If anything, you'll have the last edition. Like Frances said, the color in the mag is a pretty welcome change and the variety I found quite entertaining. I just wish I'd stumbled upon it earlier and posted this, but it isn't one that was ever in my usual pharmacy haunt, and I didn't join up here until this year, heh.
<em>edited by TheDarkHorseOne on 8/12/2011</em>

8/12/2011 12:39:32 PM

Frances
Frances
Posts: 458
Hi TDHO,
You can ask, I don't mind telling. Most of my puzzles in the Brain Boosters were Loose Tiles and Missing Dominoes. Also an occasional Grand Tour, or Ringers. The domino puzzles are easy and fun to make---a nice change from the usual.
Frances.

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