Category Archives: Puzzles

Full Circle

Place 24 pigs in these sties so that, no matter how many times one circles the sties, he always find that the number in each sty is closer to 10 than the number in the previous one. Advertisements

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The First Odd Number In The Dictionary

Suppose that each number from 1 to 10,000,000,000 written in English and then alphabetically arranged (as in a dictionary) while ignoring spaces and hyphens. What would be the first odd number in the list?

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Curious Number Substrings

If you add all the substrings of 891, the sum is 198, which is the reverse of 891: 891 → 8 + 9 + 1 + 89 + 91 = 198 This is the only 3-digit number that has this … Continue reading

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Introducing Raymond Smullyan

One day, when a speaker was introducing logician and puzzlist Raymond Smullyan, he remarked that “Professor Smullyan is unique.” Smullyan, who was feeling playful that day, said, “I’m sorry to interrupt you Sir but I happen to be the only … Continue reading

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What’s Next?: An Unorthodox Number Sequence

0, 0, 0, 0, 4, 9, 5, 1, 1, 0, 55, 55, 1, 0, 1, 9, ? What is the next number in the sequence?

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A Riddle From Isaac Newton?

Horace Walpole (1717-1797) sent the following riddle to Lady Ossory, claiming that it was composed by physicist and mathematician Isaac Newton: Four people sat down at a table to play; They play’d all that night, and some part of next … Continue reading

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Another Poem With A Hidden Acrostic

In the September 29, 1888, edition of Weekly Wisconsin, the following strange enigma appeared, composed by an anonymous writer named “Maude”: Perhaps the solvers are inclined to hiss, Curling their nose up at a con* like this. Like some much … Continue reading

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