I'm trying to find a book I recall from my childhood, but details are sparse.

For an upper bound on release, I would have read this ~1990-1995.

The only detail that really stands out is that towards the end, there are a couple children (and possibly the older man / scientist type) in the basement of the house with the time machine, and they're attempting to return to the present, with the restriction that they can't target a specific date, and have to count the (blinks, ticks, seconds, whatever).

It takes all night, and the characters risk falling asleep and overshooting the target.

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    Take a look at this page and see if you can remember anything else. No detail is insignificant!
    – Gallifreyan
    Apr 4 '17 at 20:52
  • If I had to guess, I was probably around 10-14, and the book seemed age appropriate. It wouldn't have been a terribly long book - likely something out of one of those Scholastic catalogs.
    – Jeff
    Apr 6 '17 at 2:31
  • I also recall Choose Your Own Adventure (of which Cave of Time seems like a candidate, but I can't find any summary of the possible endings) and I can recall reading "Time Machine", which was a different Choose Your Own Adventure type book.
    – Jeff
    Apr 6 '17 at 3:03

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