Creative Accounting

A farmer sent three sons to college. On their return home, wishing to see how their college education had fitted them for business, he gave to his youngest son ten eggs, to the second son thirty eggs, and to the eldest son fifty eggs. He told them to take their eggs to the market to […]

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A Very Easy Number Sequence Puzzle (If You Figured It Out)

What is the next term in the following sequence? 7, 8, 5, 5, 3, 4, 4, ? Solution This type of puzzle is extremely easy once you found out the pattern involved. However, it can be frustrating to solve for some people. To know the next digit, you must first figure out the underlying pattern […]

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What’s Next: A Pattern Recognition Puzzle

Can you determine the next pattern in this pattern sequence? Solution In every row, the three images depict lines with 0, 1 and 2 intersections. That is, each row must contain an image with 0 intersection, an image with 1 intersection, and an image with 2 intersections. The number of intersections of the images for […]

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Strange Subtraction

I took 1 from 19 and I got 20. How was that possible? . . . . Solution (Click to Show) It’s in Roman numeral. So, taking away I (1) from XIX (19) leaves me with XX (20).

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The Mind-Boggling Chess for Three Players

If you ever begin to get bored at playing normal chess, you may appreciate a chessboard that can accomodate three players. This three-player chess is played on a circular chessboard to male it fair and square (oops!) for all the players. It’s available on Amazon for anyone who’s interested. Here the product’s description: Play chess […]

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From Poor to Rich: A Word Ladder Puzzle

It’s easy for a rich man to become poor, but not the other way around. Transposing POOR to RICH in a game of word ladder isn’t as simple as well as you need ten steps to accomplish that. Can you figure out the steps? (Hint: One of the words is a contraction.) (Note: In a […]

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Peculiar Symbols in the Looking Glass

One day, when Alice entered the looking, she noticed a sign depicting a peculiar group of symbols: “What are those symbols?” Alice mused. “They seem to be some sort of secret code or a foreign alphabet.” After some time, Alice realized the real meaning of the symbols. “It’s a sequence with a pattern!” Alice exclaimed. […]

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Dissection Puzzle: From “E” To Square

Can you cut the E into seven pieces with just four straight cuts and reassemble the pieces into a square? Solution When I wrote that you need to cut it into seven pieces, it’s actually a hint. Did you figure it out? The letter “E” figure above is constructed using the seven tangram pieces. So, if you were able to figure […]

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An Old Chain of Riddles and Its Apparent Uses

During third grade, my English teacher challenged us to answer some riddles. Here’s the first question: How do you put an elephant inside a refrigerator? There are three steps. I realized that this was part of a series of old riddles which are connected to each other. To not spoil my classmates’ fun, I refrained […]

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Another Match Equation Puzzle

Here’s another match equation puzzle. The illustration represents an incorrect Roman numerals equation (3 = 30). Move only two matches to make this equation valid. You cannot shift the position of the other matches. Solution (Click to Show) The solution involves Roman numerals and a multiplication sign. So, it can be read as: C = […]

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