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‘Name That Show’: Paul Rogers’ TV book will keep you guessing

"Name That Show: 100 Illustrated T.V. Puzzles" by Paul Rogers Credit: Chronicle Books

“Stranger Things” conjures up certain indelible images, not the least of which is a tattoo with the numerals 011 on someone’s arm. There’s also Benny’s Burgers, the town of Hawkins and the police station.

The Netflix series is just one of many featured in Paul Rogers’ book “Name That Show: 100 Illustrated T.V. Show Puzzles” (Chronicle, $14.95), an artful challenge for TV buffs. Each puzzle consists of six drawings, which all serve as clues to the name of a popular television series, with the entries spanning from the 1950s to the present. Rogers, who followed a similar pattern for his 2012 book, “Name That Movie,” writes that he purposely avoided including pictures of stars from the show or clues that were blatantly obvious.

Some of the puzzles are no-brainers (shame on anyone who can’t figure out puzzle 54 after seeing a sign with the word Vitameatavegamin), while others took some figuring out — the sketch of a broad church in puzzle 61 should have been the most obvious clue for “Broadchurch.” An answer key is also included.

The six images are meant to conjure memories of a specific show rather than a narrative arc, according to the author. Even if you’ve never seen the series being illustrated, the carefully drawn black-and-white sketches may just pique your interest to do some binge watching.

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