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Can You Solve these Typographic Riddles? (Help Us, Then, Please)

A sneak peek at a book of graphic-design puzzles.

Can You Solve these Typographic Riddles? (Help Us, Then, Please)
 Conundrums

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Harry Pierce, a graphic designer and partner at Pentagram, is an avid collector of a type of puzzle the British call conundrums, graphic representations of common phrases. They can be devilishly hard, and when you find out the answer, you usually slap your head.

Now Pearce has produced his own book of 171 of these puzzles, Conundrums, which goes on sale this week.

Wallpaper* has just posted an entire slideshow’s worth. To whet your appetite, here’s a few. Scroll down for the answers we came up with…

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Conundrums

Conundrums

Conundrums

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Left: Neither here nor there
Right: Overlaid

2. A Quiet Life

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Left: Anyone care to guess, in the comments below?
Right: Just Between You and Me.

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Left: Broken Heart
Right: Your thoughts?

For several more check out Wallpaper* and the L.A. Times.

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About the author

Cliff was director of product innovation at Fast Company, founding editor of Co.Design, and former design editor at both Fast Company and Wired.

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