Author and speaker Terry
Stickels has dedicated his life to the pursuit of improving one's
mental flexibility and creative problem solving skills . . . and making
it fun. His books, calendars, card decks and newspaper
columns are filled with fun and challenging puzzles that stretch the
minds of even the best thinkers.
is well known for his three internationally syndicated columns. FRAME
GAMES, seen in USA WEEKEND magazine, is read by over 48,000,000 people in 600 newspapers
weekly. He concurrently writes STICKELERS for King Features, appearing
in over 200 newspapers daily. This column appears in such papers as The
Washington Post, The Chicago Sun – Times,
The Denver Post, and The
Toronto Star. He also is the featured puzzle columnist for
The Guardian newspaper, London’s largest newspaper.
He still finds time to create his yearly calendar as well as books for
both kids and adults. You may see his puzzles on the back of Kellogg's
Raisin Bran or on a Universal Studios web site featuring a movie such
as A Beautiful Mind, where he created the most famous IQ quiz in
internet history. This was followed by three successful books requested
by the high I.Q. society MENSA.
Not only in demand in the publishing world, Stickels is sought after as
a public speaker. His keynote addresses are fast paced, humorous looks
at the ability (and sometimes lack thereof) to think clearly. Using
puzzles as mental warm-ups, he immediately engages the audience into
interactive fun where he guides them to self-discovery of the power of
their minds. It doesn't take long before it becomes clear that it isn't
as difficult as one may have guessed to augment those powers . . . and
maybe have a little fun doing it.
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Stickels created his first puzzle
at age 11. He and friend Tom Pyper, now a well known attorney, were
looking for something to do one summer after their little league
baseball games were continually rained out. Tom's mother handed the
boys a puzzle book and Stickels was hooked on logical thinking and a
lifelong pursuit of having fun with puzzles.
He attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha on a football
scholarship and graduated with a major in geography and minor in
natural sciences. It was while tutoring students in math and physics at
UNO that he saw the advantages of using puzzles to assist the students
in understanding certain concepts in these disciplines. Puzzles offered
the perfect non-intimidating approach in aiding students to become
After years of creating puzzles, Stickels was asked to write a weekly
puzzle column for a twelve - newspaper syndicate in Rochester, New
York. After two years his puzzles caught the eye of Sterling Publishing
in New York and his first book MINDSTRETCHING PUZZLES became an
immediate hit and is still selling well to this day. This book was
followed by ten more puzzle books all dedicated to having fun exploring
the powers of the mind. His popular FRAMEGAMES puzzles are still
featured on kids' television shows in Upstate New York. New York Times'
crossword editor Will Shortz's uses some of Stickels' more mathematical
puzzles on his popular Weekend Edition radio show heard weekly on
National Public Radio.
Not only are Stickels' books used for fun worldwide, such austere
bodies as THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF TEACHERS OF MATHEMATICS praise his
books as important aids in assisting students in learning how to think
Terry is a member of the
-- One in a Thousand Society (OATH)
-- The International High I.Q. Society
-- The Epimetheus Society
Stickels currently lives and puzzles in Fort Worth, Texas, where he is
putting the finishing touches on two books to be released later this
What Others Say About Terry Stickels
puzzles are perfect brain stimulators for young and old alike. They're
fresh, varied, and well thought-out and they build problem-solving
skills that are useful both academically and in everyday life."
Editor, The New York Times
"Terry Stickels has joined the
ranks of top popularizers of mathematical problems. His puzzle
collections are highly recommended for their novel approaches and fresh
and Past Editor of the Scientific American's Recreational Mathematics
"Because of my work in creative
thinking, I read many puzzles and puzzle books. I've found that the
difference between the right puzzle and the almost right puzzle is the
difference between lightning and the lightning bug. Terry Stickels'
puzzles are the 'lightning.' I'm a big fan of his work."
"Terry Stickels is one of the
most gifted puzzle writers, authors, and speakers it has been my
pleasure to know. He has generously provided us with his time and
talents in creating unique and challenging material, for our MENSA
Marketing Director, MENSA
"One measure of success for
today's classroom teacher is the number of opportunities provided for
his or her students to engage in active, genuine thinking. Terry
Stickels' latest work may be his best collection yet of just those
kinds of thought-provoking activities, designed specifically for the
educator interested in finding effective ways to foster creativity and
turn young minds on."
Timothy J. McNamara
York State Recipient, Presidential Award for
Excellence in Secondary Mathematics Teaching
"The most noteworthy features of
Mind-bending Puzzles are its fresh approach to problem-solving and the
originality of the puzzles."
The National Council of
Teachers of Mathematics