The Practical Alchemist
1 Book

Christopher Manson

1988

A puzzle from the maker of 'Maze' using word alchemy

The Practical Alchemist

Christopher Manson created a new kind of spin on his format with The Practical Alchemist, tasking readers with taking the word 'CAT' and, through the process of 'alchemy', transform it into 'GOLD'.

By this he means taking 'CAT', substituting, adding and substacting letters, from clues provided in the passages and imagery, over 45 pages until the word becomes 'GOLD'. It's a clever premise, combined with his characteristic scratchy and dark imagery, and makes for an interesting puzzle to solve

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The Practical Alchemist
Christopher Manson
1988

A challenging new puzzle from the author of Maze. The challenge to you, as a literary Alchemist, is to successfully forge a chain of forty-five transformations that change the word CAT into the word GOLD. There are any number of word-chains illustrated herein, but there is only one chain that lets you turn your CAT into GOLD without repeating a word.

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95 pages
ISBN 9780805004557