The same coffee


The same coffee*/*****
My wife and I visited a restaurant. When my wife found a fly in the coffee, I called the waiter, who took the cup away and returned with a fresh cup.
As the waiter walked away, my wife angrily called him back and said: “You brought me the same coffee!”

How did she know?

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Cryptarithm: metals


In the following sums, digits have been replaced by letters. A digit was always replaced by the same letter, and every letter always represents the same digit.

Metals 1**/*****
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Metals 2***/*****
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Matchsticks – the T


Have a look at the following figure:
matchsticks-t-2017-01-20-exercise


You can easily check that 16 matches form 5 squares.

Move 2 matches**/*****
Move 2 matches to create 4 squares

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Move 3 matches**/*****
Move 3 matches to create 4 squares

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Move 4 matches**/*****
Move 4 matches to create 4 squares

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Words


On Twitter I follow several accounts, one of which is Genius Brain Teasers.

One of the type of puzzles they publish is of the type: Remove x letters from this sequence to reveal a familiar English word.

My main criticism on this puzzle type is that they tend to be fairly easy. I’m a non native speaker, and if I can solve them, most native speakers should find them even easier. Nevertheless, as I don’t recall having seen them elsewhere, I think they deserve to be mentioned here.

Let me try to give you some examples:
Hidden word 1*/*****
Remove 5 letters to reveal a familiar English word:


Hidden word 2*/*****
Remove 5 letters to reveal a familiar English word:


Hidden word 3*/*****
Remove 5 letters to reveal a familiar English word:


Here’s a small variation of my own:
Hidden words 4*/*****
Remove 4 letters to reveal a familiar English word. Then, remove 4 other letters to reveal a different English word:


Hidden words 5*/*****
Again, you find the letters of 2 words. Remove 4 letters in 2 different ways to reveal 2 familiar English words.


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Cryptarithm – authors


Replace every letter by a digit to get a correct addition.

authors****/*****
cryptarithm-2016-12-01-authors-exercise

You can check your solution here

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Matchsticks – triangles (2)


3 triangles***/*****
Move 2 matchsticks to get 3 triangles:

matchsticks-triangles-2016-12-14-nr-2-exercise

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Logigram – the meeting


In the small village of Traspass-upon-sea, actually some 50 miles from the nearest sea, the four shopkeepers, mr. Baker, mr. Butcher, mr Grocer and mr. Smith held their yearly meeting on the promotion of Tourism.
Of these four men, only mr Butcher’s trade corresponded with his name.
At the meeting, the grocer was the secretary.
James presided the meeting.
Jesse Smith is not the baker.
The treasurer, mr. Grocer, is not called John.
Neither John nor Jack is butcher.
Who was vice president of the meeting? Who is the smith of the village?

You can get a hint

TooT


In this post I’d like to introduce TooTs, a mix between crossword puzzles and numbers. The grid looks just like a crossword puzzle, but instead of words the grid has to be filled with numbers. Vertical numbers must be read top-down. Thus if the digits 3, 9 and 5 are listed from the top down, the number would be 395.

Every clue consists of three numbers. Two of them have to be added together to get the number to be filled into the grid.
Example: the clue is 7, 8 and 13. Then the solution is either 7+8=15, 7+13=20 or 8+13=21. The name TooT is shorthand for Two out of Three.

Here is a 5×5 exercise:
Toot 5x5 2015-04-24 exercise

Horizontal
1) 16, 17, 18
3) 20, 26, 36
4) 142, 139, 145
8) 6819, 20002, 30134
11) 18, 20, 22
12) 11, 24, 36
Vertical
2) 17, 19, 23
3) 18, 36, 47
5) 400, 406, 418
6) 18, 106, 256
7) 15, 25, 190
9) 1, 51, 61
10) 11, 12, 13

A 7×7 exercise:
Toot 7x7 2015-04-24 exercise

Horizontal
1) 16891 18930
6) 382, 23, 67
8) 25, 8, 17
10) 32, 14, 17
11) 2913476, 173823, 1876543
12) 61, 23, 38
13) 45, 11, 34
14) 865, 249, 444
16) 13947, 1171, 5419
Vertical
2) 53, 26, 27
3) 8843269, 332160, 345612
4) 22, 3, 5
5) 12263, 5321, 6942
7) 62652, 23487, 39165
9) 591, 109, 482
10) 374, 25, 98
14) 83, 16, 26
15) 54, 17, 27

You can check your solution here and here

A 9×9 puzzle:
Toots 9x9 2015-05-15 nr 1

Horizontal
1. 108, 132, 146
4. 2, 166, 660
6. 2497, 9892, 12837
9. 0, 7, 24
11. 212, 669, 774
12. 4, 19, 30
13. 18, 27, 27
15. 14, 33, 40
16. 242, 977, 2236
17. 596, 903, 2770
18. 25, 31, 52
20. 4, 11, 22
21. 7, 9, 35
22. 126, 343, 422
24. 3, 10, 13
26. 2918, 74181, 82214
28. 292, 320, 398
29. 66, 191, 228
Vertical
1. 38, 96, 224
2. 4, 41, 77
3. 239, 1644, 4146
4. 19, 29, 35
5. 3, 7, 227
7. 20, 36, 38
8. 1, 14, 17
10. 12591, 13966, 31881
12. 706, 10961, 36955
14. 186, 210, 367
15. 102, 153, 279
19. 2287, 3330, 3945
21. 112, 239, 304
22. 19, 26, 45
23. 6, 23, 87
25. 74, 299, 315
26. 33, 49, 52
27. 12, 12, 12

You can check your solution here and here

In a subsequent post, probably next month, I hope to publish some variations.

Cryptarithm


Replace every letter by a digit to get correct additions.

Cookies 1**/*****
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Cookies 2****/*****
cryptarithm-2016-11-26-cookies-exercise-2

You can check your solutions here and here

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What’s next?


What comes next?****/*****

1,000, 1,000,000,000, 20, 100, 1, 4, 8, 3, ?

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This puzzle is a free translation of an AIVD (Dutch sister of NSA) puzzle in 2012.