Monthly Archives: April 2016

Puzzle #139: Gold Links

This is another famous puzzle in the Martin Gardner collection, and variations of this puzzle exist in different “sizes”. This particular one has been picked up from The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems, Puzzle 9.18. Replicating the puzzle as … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #137: The Burning Island

As I mentioned, this was an untypical problem, and I did not get as many responses 😦 The ones who responded correctly included Girish Tutakne, Suman Saraf and Neeraj Aggarwal+Anisha Goyal as a team over the lunch table! Solution is … Continue reading

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Puzzle #138: Traffic Flow in Floyd’s Knob

This is a very nice “maze” puzzle, borrowed from Martin Gardner’s book “The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems” Problem 10.14. The puzzle first appeared in 1962, in Martin Gardner’s Scientific American column. It was created by Robert Abbott, … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #136: Talkative Eve

This was not as difficult a puzzle as it appeared to be, though required some work! Was glad to see most of the regular puzzlers answer this, which included Karan, Abhinav Jain, Suman Saraf, Girish Tutakne and Ruchir Godura (welcome … Continue reading

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Puzzle #137: Burning Island

For a change, this one is not a mathematical puzzle, but a nice logic puzzle (and there is no play of words here). I took this one from mathsisfun.com A man is stranded on an island covered in forest. One … Continue reading

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Solution to Puzzle #135: Two Dice = Nine Cards

This was a beautiful puzzle and only a few people sent correct answers. Only Suman Saraf sent the correct answer – fantastic job, this was a tough one – hats off to you! Gurmeet.net, the place I took the solution from, … Continue reading

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Puzzle #136: Talkative Eve

Another beautiful puzzle from one of the Martin Gardner collections – this one is from “Mathematical Circus” in a chapter titled “Eccentric Chess and Other Problems”.  I am reproducing this verbatim from his collection. This cryptarithm (or alphametic, as some … Continue reading

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