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

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

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 Conundrums

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.

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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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Left: Neither here nor there
Right: Overlaid

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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?

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

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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