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13 of 14 found the following review helpful:
A good book in a good seriesNov 05, 2006
This is the fourth in a series of Kakuro books, and the hardest. The puzzles are indeed tough, and I often had to look up the answers to figure out what I had done wrong, or to get a cell number to keep me going, but they were solvable for the most part.
I also purchased the Green Belt (not-so-easy) and Brown Belt (hard) books. Conceptis Puzzles did a good job of sorting the puzzles by level of difficulty. I started with the Black Belt, as it was the first one available on Amazon. I recommend you start with an easier edition and work your way up. The puzzles are the same size in all the books, 12 columns by 21 rows, which is a good value.
My only complaint is that the gimme's (two number combinations with only one answer) are repetitive. For example, for a six figure 38, the 3 almost always comes from a 5, while the 5 comes from a 6. Otherwise, there is a good amount of variety among the puzzles.
7 of 7 found the following review helpful:
Finally, a Kakuro book for the advanced solver!May 15, 2007
By A Writer
Most Kakuro books that claim to be advanced just aren't challenging enough for the expert puzzle solver. Most are downright easy. In fact, Black Belt Kakuro is really in a class by itself, the only consistently challenging book I've found for advanced Kakuro enthusiasts. Each of these puzzles will have you tearing your hair out -- and then rejoicing when you finally crack it. My only problem with this book is that there just isn't enough of it! The Sudoku books of this series have gone on to "second-degree" editions. When do we get Second-Degree Black Belt Kakuro??? Bring it on!
6 of 6 found the following review helpful:
Killer PuzzlesMar 22, 2009
By Andre LaPlume
This is my third book in the "Belt" series. Green was a nice diversion and Brown Belt puzzles were harder. The Black Belt stands up to its name with 150 very challenging puzzles.
I usually work on one at night before sleep and each of the 14 puzzles I have done so far has taken several days to complete. At this rate it will easily be a year before I finish the book.
If the five star newspaper puzzles dont keep you that busy, you will like this one. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 found the following review helpful:
The Best Kakuro Book Out There...Aug 07, 2008
By Mark Franklin
for those who like tough puzzles. Even better than Mensa Kakuro. 150 fantastic puzzles requiring lots of logic. A lot of "expert" puzzles in other books require that at some point you just "trial-and-error" it. I think that is a sign of a poor puzzle. There was very little of that here. Good quality paper and printing.
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Best Kakuro book - experienced only need applyDec 14, 2009
By H. Kahl
This is an entertaining volume for experienced puzzle solvers. After the first 50 or so the puzzles become the most challenging I've seen, exceeding the Mensa Kakuro book in difficulty. The puzzles are well crafted and use fewer sums with only 1, 2, or 3 possibilities than the easier volumes in the series. The Brown Belt book is difficult but more accessible to the casual user. If you are new to Kakuro and are pretty good with sums, you might start with the Green Belt book. Or try the White Belt if you want to brush up your addition a bit before trying more difficult puzzles. If you are already adept at solving Kakuro puzzles, I highly recommend Black Belt Kakuro. I'm hoping for volume two.
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