Monthly Archives: May 2017

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.


You can check all your solutions here

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

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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

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

Matchsticks – triangles (2)


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

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

You can check your solutions here.

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Friday. Solutions are published after one or more weeks. You are welcome to remark on the difficulty level of the puzzles, discuss alternate solutions, and so on. Puzzles are rated on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.

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