Category Archives: Puzzles

Puzzle #198: The Neural Network Puzzle

Thanks to my INSEAD friend Sergio Werner for pointing me to a new source of puzzles and science articles – http://www.quantamagazine.org. I am reproducing a puzzle posted there by Pradeep Mutalik. Neural networks and deep learning are the buzzwords of … Continue reading

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Puzzle #197: 10 Friends

This is a very common puzzle, many variants of which one would have. I still like it as the answer is very elegant, and teaches children a methodology. This one is from Mathematical Circles (Russian Experience) by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey … Continue reading

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Puzzle #196: Bugs on a Board

Yet another very fine puzzle from A Moscow Math Circle: Week by Week Problems by Sergey Dorichenko. Each square of a 9 x 9 board has a bug sitting on it. On a signal, each bug crawls onto one of … Continue reading

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Puzzle #195: 1989!

This is a beautiful puzzle from Mathematical Circles (Russian Experience) by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin and Ilia Itenberg. There numbers 1, 2, 3, ….. , 1989 are written on a blackboard. It is permitted to erase any two of them … Continue reading

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Puzzle #194: Adjacent Cells On a Chessboard

This is another beauty of a puzzle from A Moscow Math Circle: Week by Week Problems by Sergey Dorichenko. The numbers from 1 to 64 have been placed in each square on a chessboard such that each number appears exactly … Continue reading

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Puzzle #193: Smallville Telephones

This is a relatively simple puzzle from Mathematical Circles by Dmitri Fomin, Sergey Genkin and Ilia Itenberg. Please do share this with your children, they should enjoy this. In Smallville, there are 15 telephones. Can they be connected by wires … Continue reading

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Puzzle #192: Too Many 6’s

This is another beautiful puzzle from A Moscow Math Circle, Week by Week Problem Sets by Sergey Dorichenko. The puzzle will require some manipulation of numbers, but is very solvable and you will be happy that you did it once … Continue reading

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