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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A Riddled Praise: An Acrostic Coincidence

In 1894, Christopher L. Ward of Wilmington, Delaware wrote the following riddle for two young ladies: When you seek a harder question To unriddle, your suggestion, I am sure, itself suggests its answer plain. It has puzzled many sages Of many lands and ages. But no doubt you will not tackle it in vain. Ward […]

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A Letter Sequence Puzzle

Aside from letter E, is there another which letter could follow this sequence? Solution (Click to Show) F. Write it on top of the line to form the letter E. This question was asked by our third-grade English teacher. Three of us, including me, figured out the answer almost at the same time after half […]

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An Easier Match Puzzle

The above illustration depicts an invalid Roman numerals equation (the left side is 6 and the right side is 2) using seven matches. Find a way to correct this equation by only moving one match. You cannot shift the position of the other matches. Solution (Click to Show) As is equal to 1, the equation […]

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Pun of the Weak: Riddles

Q: How can a cheetah change its spots? A: By moving. Q: The beginning of eternity, the end of time and space, the beginning of every end, and the end of every place. A: 2.718281828… Q: The maker doesn’t need it, the buyer doesn’t want it, and the owner doesn’t know he has it. What […]

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The First Two Consecutive Primes with a Difference of 100

The difference between two consecutive primes is called prime gap. Prime gaps are always even except for the prime gap between 2 (the first prime and the only even prime) and 3 (the first odd prime), which is 1. At first, prime gaps are small. As the primes get bigger, larger prime gaps start to […]

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