I found this worksheet going though some old notes. Unfortunately, it seems the answer key got lost. Can anyone help?
This was quite a workout. Shouts-out to @Stiv and @DanielMathias for their contributions in the comment section.
- Word search:
Guessing at the rules, there's an orthogonal path between the arrows spelling out "You found the color BONE"
"bulb" minus "bees" = ul
"two ramen" minus "women" = tra
soldier guy with no uneaten crayons in sight = marine
Combining everything: ULTRAMARINE
- Nonogram (pictocross puzzler):
The unshaded parts seem to spell out "No 1", possibly
NUMBERONE. In the comments, @Stiv managed to read between the shaded areas, and found "So it is proclaimed the color is TURQUOISE, a hue of blue you surely knew"
(Sorry about the lack of progress pictures, I decided to add an intermediate step whenever I had to pause and work out some non-trivial nonogram logic. Turns out it wasn't necessary.)
This one's super tricky, since the solution to the alphametic is non-unique. But after a long while staring at the weird pattern of the puzzle, it turns out is doesn't matter! Let's solve the regular puzzle first:
From the last digit, D = 1 or 6
From the third digit, since W cannot equal D, W = D-1 and there must be a carry
From the second digit, since P cannot equal D, P = D+1 and there must not be a carry, so D+W<10, and therefore D = 1, W = 0, P = 2
A = 3, U = 5 or vice versa
E = 9, R = 7 or vice versa
giving these plausible additions:
31191 + 52071 = 83262
31171 + 52091 = 83262
51191 + 32071 = 83262
51171 + 32091 = 83262
But now we do what the alphametic words say, and
"Add upwards", meaning we turn the grid upside down, and do the addition that way around. This changes the direction the carried ones go, and also gives a meaning for the superfluous addition symbols in the picture. Apart from the letter assignment, it doesn't matter which equation we pick, (the sum must remain equal), so we get 17025+19113 = 36138. Assigning the letters back to the numbers while sticking to the substitution scheme above leaves only one possible (albeit topically quite painful) colour:KUDZU = 83163 = 26238 = ----- ----- rotate ----- - ADDED + 51191 + 180 17023 + | These rows + UPWRD -> + 32071 deg + 19115 > are always the ----- ----- ----- | valid addition. = 83262 = 83262 = 36138 -
BUT WAIT! (This is an interruption from the future. You can also call it an edit, if you don't like time travel.)
The final step (far below) suggests the answer is not KUDZU, but BEIGE instead.
But where on Earth are we going to find such a word? Surely we cannot suddenly just reassign some numbers? Luckily, we won't have to. Remember the addition result above?
- Connect-y dots:
Doesn't look all that delicious to me.. Judging from the extra clues at the bottom middle of the page, we should find something with 9 letters. So maybe
RASPBERRY? (Looks more like an ARTICHOKE -@Stiv)
Putting it all together
Filling these in at the bottom, and checking the marked letters, we find the answer to the question at the top:
Why solve puzzles?
For the BLUE BRIGHT COOL of it.
EDIT: ..which, it turns out, isn't some obscure idiom after all. So.. maybe it's a wordplay riddle of some kind? Going through bright, cool shades of blue, the best I got is
"For the PROCESS of it".
And yeah, my answer from puzzle 5 doesn't fit this. The intended solution to puzzle 5 is most likely
This solution has now been sent backwards in time and retconned into the answer of step 5.
And here's the final pain-by-numbers, fully living up to its name:
BUT WAIT! There's more!
@cap noticed something very interesting:
Starting with the title, and ending with the pain-by-numbers (which might actually give an 8, if we colour by the hidden numbers scheme as the picture seems to suggest), we get the number sequence
Interpreting this gives you
..the honour of finding the "true ending" to this puzzle. I didn't manage. The only unfilled part on the page is the "My name" line, so it stands to reason that the author has hidden their name in this somehow. The best I could do was "Esi Gizeli", which doesn't ring a bell even with a google search.
EDIT: After finally catching an entire hour of shuteye, I think I got it. It's about the boxed numbers, but there's no remapping or hidden messages. Instead,