So begins the Mount Desert Island Croquet Club Book of Puzzlers. Thereafter follow 50 croquet situations, complete with four color diagrams, for the croquet player to test and further develop strategic knowledge of the game. There are 25 basic puzzlers and 25 advanced ones, with indexed guides to the strategic principles involved after each section. Members of the Mount Desert Island Croquet Club spent almost a year wrestling with these puzzlers and are now sharing them with the croquet world. If you buy this book and wrestle with these situations yourself, you will be able to recognize them when they come up on the court. Having worked out the answers in advance, you will not be stumped and will be able to astound your opponent(s) and amaze your friends by making the right moves with aplomb. Each puzzler in this book presents the entire situation on a single page, text and diagram. The answers are on the facing page. If you peek in to this book before deciding to buy it, make sure you fold it over and look at the even pages only, so that you will see the questions and not the answers. No cheating!!!! The answers themselves are written in a breezy and colorful style that is not only edifying but entertaining. Every serious croquet player, croquet instructor and croquet wannabee should have this book in his or her library. Every frivolous croquet player should probably have two copies. All croquet players have non-croquet playing friends who say: "Strategy, what strategy? You just hit the balls through the wickets, right?” Buy each of them a copy of this book for Christmas and see what they say then! If you are not a croquet player but happen to somehow have this book in your hands, open it up and try a few puzzlers. Maybe then you will be curious enough to want to learn more about the amazing world of American rules 6-wicket croquet, and this book tells where to go to do this. This is not the croquet you played in childhood.
About the puzzle master: The puzzle master/author of this book is Larry Stettner, founder and president (Imperial Wicket) of the Mount Desert Island Croquet Club. After many years on the croquet circuit he has somehow managed to acquire and maintain a 1.5 handicap. He has a long history of losing games because of not thinking of what to do until too late. He wrote this book in part so that this will not happen to you.
With great sadness we report that Larry, out friend, mentor and fierce opponent on the Croquet Court, passed away in May 2017. He lives on in our hearts and on the pages of this book.
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