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Hi, I'm a puzzle collector & designer. I have collected and designed puzzles for about 30 years, though not with great intensity. Other stuff: my blog about plants and nature my professional blog my website

Cryptarithm – trees


Cryptarithm – trees***/*****
Both summations below can be translated into a correct sum by replacing every letter with a digit. The same letter always stands for the same digit and the same digit has always been replaced by the same letter.

cryptarithm-trees-exercise

You can check both 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.

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Matchsticks – hexagon


Last month we looked at some hexagon matchstick puzzles, and this month features some more.

1) Move 4 matches**/*****
From the figure above, move 4 matchsticks so that you have 4 triangles on unequal size.

2) Move 4 matches***/*****
From the figure above, move 4 matchsticks so that you have 6 triangles again.

You can check your solutions here and 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.

Round about


1) Nr 1**/*****

1 Uttered short, shrill sound
2 occurring more typically than an alternative form
3 place for keeping explosives
4 found in the earthcrust
5 give and receive reciprocally
6 make anew
7 follow along behind
8 live forever
9 more than opponents
10 leave country

The letters around each numbered square are an anagram of the numbered clue.
The numbered squares should be filled with the first letter of each word of the solution
Together, the letters form a word.

This puzzle is a variation on the “Blokje om” puzzle, in Visie 2017 nr 16. Visie (vision) is a magazine published by de Evangelische Omroep (Evangelical Brodcast) in The Netherlands.

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.

Bongard problem 33


The Russian scientist M.M. Bongard published a book in 1967 that contains 100 problems. Each problem consists of 12 small boxes: six boxes on the left and six on the right. Each of the six boxes on the left conform to a certain rule. Each and every box on the right contradicts this rule. Your task, of course, is to figure out the rule.

Bongard problem 34**/*****


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You can find more Bongard problems here and at Harry Foundalis site, and in the category ‘Bongard problems’ in the right margin of this page.

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Fridays. 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.

Cities



(Illustration: Tiananmen square in Bejing, photo by Nowozin, license GFDL)
Cities****/*****
Have a look at the following cities:
Bejing
Cairo
Istanbul
New York
Sydney
Taunton, Massachusetts

Which of the following three cities also belongs in this group?
a) Amsterdam
b) Berlin
c) London

You can check both 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.

Truth-speakers, Liars and Switchers



The remote island of Zwrazr in the Logico archipelago is inhabited by three types of people: Truth-speakers, Liars, and Switchers. Truth-speakers always speak the truth, Liars always lie, and Switchers alternate their sentences between a true sentence and a lie.

As you arrive on the island, a group of three natives comes to greet you. According to tradition, the group consist of one representative of each group. Luckily for you, they introduce themselves:

  • The left one says: I am a truth speaker
  • The middle one says: I am a liar
  • The one on the right says: I am a switcher

So now you know who is who, don’t you?

You can check your solutions here

New puzzles are published at least twice a month on Fridays. 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 – hexagon


Matchsticks puzzles are over a century old, but seem to go through a revival with several apps featuring them.

1) Move 3 matches**/*****
From the figure above, move 3 matchsticks so that you have 4 same sized triangles.

2) Move 4 matches***/*****
From the figure above, move 4 matchsticks so that you have 4 same sized triangles.

You can check your solutions here and 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.

On the isle of Uauau



On the isle of Uauau the natives speak the truth on one day and lie on the next. On his or her “truth-day”, the man or woman will always speak the truth, and on their “lie-days” they will always lie. As a further complication, their truth days and lie-days are not synchronized, what is a truth day for one of them can be a lie day for his neighbor, father, brother or friend.

1) Today is a truth-day for me*/*****
You meet a native who says: “Today is my truth day”. Can you conclude if he has a truth-day or not?

You can check your solutions here

2) Yesterday*/*****
On Friday you meet a native who tells you: “Thursday is one of my lie-days”. Can you conclude if the native is speaking the truth or not?

You can check your solutions here

3) Different truth-days**/*****
You meet two natives. One of them tells you:
“My friend and I have different Truth-days. Today is my friend’s lie-day.”
Does at least one of them have a lie-day?

You can check your solutions here

4) Friday(1)***/*****
You meet two natives, let’s call them A and B as their real names are hard to pronounce. A says:
(1) My friend and I have the same truth-days.
(2) Last Friday my friend had a lie-day.
Does A speak the truth?

You can check your solutions here

5) Friday(2)***/*****
You meet two natives on a Friday. For a change, let’s call them A and B, as their names are hard to remember. A says:
Yesterday I would have said that Friday is B’s truth-day.
Does B have a truth-day today?

You can check your solutions here

What comes next?


what comes next?****/*****
1, 1, 2, 5, 12, 35, 108, …

You can check both 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.