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A puzzle built around graphs: sets of nodes joined together by paths.

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Phone pattern security

My phone is unlocked using a security pattern. This is a path drawn through a 3x3 grid of dots with the following rules: The path can start at any dot The path visits neighbouring dots: horizontally,...
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Intersecting shapes on a flat surface

What is the maximum number of enclosed regions that you can create by drawing two circles and two triangles on a flat surface? Try answering with mathematical arguments.
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Draw this planar graph

The playing board for this puzzle is a short list of digits; there is one rule governing possible moves: The 1 may swap with a digit one place to the right; the <...
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Gaby´s Puzzle (Primes Around a Circle)

To keep them busy during lockdown, Gaby asked her children to find a way to place the first sixteen primes (2 to 53) around a circle so that either the sum or difference (or both) of any two of them ...
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What's the graph relation? #4

What's the relation that joins the nodes? Previous What's the graph relation? #1 What's the graph relation? #2 What's the graph relation? #3
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What's the graph relation? #3

What's the relation that joins the nodes? Previous What's the graph relation? #1 What's the graph relation? #2
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Primes in a Line

Place the first 20 primes (2 to 71) in a line so that the sum or difference (or both) of any two primes that find themselves next to each other is always a perfect square. For which other values of N ...
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How many ways to draw the figure without lifting pencil? [duplicate]

The rules are very simple ... Star at A, end at A. From one point you can to go to the other point by only one line (no turning at cross roads). No going over any line more than once. find the ...
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What is the minimum count of steps required to complete this dominoes maze?

Here's a map: How to play Legend: (◾) = Start point ★ = Objective ⚑ = End point Mission: ...
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Sing me the song of days gone by, sing me the song that made me cry

Sing me the song of days gone by, sing me the song that made me cry. The remorse, regret, and pain I'm in, reflects the memories of what has been. Hint 1
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What's the graph relation? #2

What's the relation that joins the nodes? Open the image in a new tab if you'd like to see the diagram with better resolution. Previous What's the graph relation? #1 Hint 1
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What's the graph relation? #1

What is the relation that connects the nodes of this digraph?
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Name that node #2

What is the value of the unknown node? Previous Name that node #1 (Beginner's Level Puzzle)
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Name that node #1 (Beginner's Level Puzzle)

While Puzzling.SE has some extremely clever and difficult puzzles that are being solved by people whose intellect amazes me, I wanted to make some graph puzzles that were specifically meant for ...
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A complex matter of relations (What am I?)

There is many-a-kind of number, which sometimes makes me feel dumber. Let's say that we start from zero to four, and see if that leads us to learn some more. Some numbers you might see as a ...
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A simple matter of relations (What am I?)

Don't overthink it, just a little fun. Relations are part of graphs, of which I am one. What is my relation? Hint 1
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Which node(s) does 0 connect with in this simple graph?

If we add 0 as a node to the graph below, which node(s) will it connect to? Hint 0 Hint 1 Hint 2
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What's the number in the last node of this directed graph?

Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Background on puzzle (Spoiler Alert)
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I'm singing a song, can you follow along?

What song am I singing? I apologize for the resolution. If you open the image itself in a new tab you can magnify to get a better look at the words.
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Which node(s) does 16 connect with in this simple graph?

If we add 16 as a node to the graph below, which node(s) will it connect to? Hint 1 Hint 2 Hint 3 Hint 4 Hint 5
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What node does 11 point to?

If we included 11 in the diagram below, which node would it connect to? Hint 1
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Largest set of independent hexominoes

What is the largest set of hexominoes that can be found in which no two of them are such that one can be converted into the other by cutting out one of its component squares (thus obtaining a ...
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Find how many colors are needed to color all vertices

In this puzzle you need to identify the minimum number of colors needed to color vertices such that no two adjacent vertices ...
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Finding the most flexible of all 35 hexominoes

Of all 35 hexominoes, which is (or are) the most flexible of all, that is, the one (or ones) that can be converted into the most other hexominoes just by cutting out one of its component squares (thus ...
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Happy Birthday, Don!

My friend Johan de Ruiter has made a nice puzzle for Donald Knuth's Birthday. The numbers indicate how many connections that candle has. Can you solve it? Original link: https://www-cs-faculty....
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Four mathematicians and their ages

Four mathematicians, none yet a centenarian, meet for coffee. The graph-theorist among them noticed that the common divisor graph of their ages (that is, the graph whose vertices are their ages, two ...
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Playing Collatz with graphs

a) Given a set of positive integers, its common divisor graph (CD-graph) is the graph whose vertices are the integers, two of which are joined by an edge if (and only if) they have a common divisor ...
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Another Rook's Tour

Place numbers 1 to 100 in the cells of this 10 x 10 board in such a way that consecutive numbers, and also numbers 1 and 100, occupy neighboring cells (either vertically or horizontally). Prime ...
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A Demetri Puzzle

Apparently, yesterday was National Puzzle Day (in the US, I think). As part of the celebration, American comedian Demetri Martin posted a puzzle on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DemetriMartin/status/...
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A rook's tour of the chessboard

Place numbers 1 to 64 in the cells of this 8 x 8 board in such a way that consecutive numbers, and also numbers 1 and 64, occupy neighboring cells (either vertically or horizontally). Shaded cells ...
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Another series of fortunate (and sideways) transpositions

Using only a sequence of transpositions, see if you can take this: to this: while maintaining English words on each of the three horizontals. At each step, you may transpose any two neighboring ...
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A series of fortunate transpositions

Using only a sequence of transpositions, see if you can take this: to this: while maintaining English words on each of the three horizontals. At each step, you may transpose any two neighboring ...
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Given a 7x7 grid, what moves need to be made to get two agents on their respective opposite sides of the grid on the diagonal?

Say I had the following 7x7 grid and two agents on the grid facing one another as shown. The agents can follow the following commands: moveForward, turnRight, turnLeft. The agents have to follow the ...
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Heavens to Megatron!

See if you can fill in all the blank letter tiles in this graph using the clues sets below. Each set of clues yields a name or word. The name or word is guaranteed to follow some connected path ...
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Happy birthday Ramanujan!

On December 22 2019, Ramanujan would have been 132 years old. In his memory here are two puzzles around 132. In the six vertices of each of these graphs place six positive integers that add up to ...
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The grandest zoo in Appelhaken

In the magnificent country of Appelhaken there is a zoo. Not just any zoo, but a grand zoo, a magnificent zoo, called Appelhaken Grand Magnificent Magnificent Grand Grand Zoo. In this zoo there are ...
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The grandest bridge in Appelhaken [duplicate]

In the capital of the grand country of Appelhaken there is a plane garden containing four magnificent monuments. So magnificent are they that the country has a Law requiring that there must be a ...
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Problems on Graphs

I want to test if someone with no experience in Graph Theory can solve my Problems involving Graphs. If you do know some Graph Theory I'd appreciate if you let me know in your answer. They do not ...
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Painting edges of a 3x3 grid with 4 colours

Can you paint the edges of a 3x3 grid with 4 colours, such that: The colours of edges of every 1x1 square are different. The colours of edges adjacent to every vertex are different. Here is a ...
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Painting edges of a 2x2 grid with 4 colours

Can you paint the edges of a 2x2 grid with 4 colours, such that: The colours of edges of every 1x1 square are different. The colours of edges adjacent to every vertex are different. Good luck!
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Connect the wires without setting off the bomb

You just saw a planted time bomb! Just 5 minutes are remaining until it explodes and as you are in currently in a rural area (no bomb disposal squad) and you know how bombs usually work it is up to ...
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Winning the Lottery

Bob: I hear you won the lottery. Alice: So I did! Bob: What six numbers did you win it with? Alice: Can't remember. All I recall is that they were all different, and none greater than 28. Bob: ...
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National Graph Lottery

In UK's National Lottery players choose 6 different whole numbers in the range 1 to 59, and win a large prize if all six match with the day's draw. Each choice of six numbers by a player gives rise ...
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The arrow of time flies in reverse

Here is the puzzle: (Click on the image to see a larger image.) Overview: This is a word graph. The nodes are short words, the edges are long words. Whenever an edge (i.e., a long word) connects ...
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A Magic Flying Saucer

Place 19 different positive integers on the vertices of this graph so that the 13 products of three numbers in a straight line are all equal. Do so in such a way that the product is as small as ...
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Uncover Lenny Fingers' street hustle

Lenny Fingers is out on the street again, hustling people with his shell games. This time, he's using words. As you walk by, Lenny grabs you with an enthusiastic smile and shows you two words side-...
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Newton's cradles

I went to one of those discovery stores and picked up a few Newton's cradles, except these have hanging words instead of hanging spheres. Check it out: This one has a starter pendulum with two ...
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Stars of the Celestial Bagua

Check this out: Okay, it might be more impressive if I show you what is moving along the arrows: At every vertex in a long word. Flowing in to every vertex are two short words ("inputs"). ...
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Primes in a Diamond

Label the vertices of this graph with numbers 1 to 16 in such a way that the edges between any two vertices whose sum and absolute difference are both primes are precisely the edges of a hamiltonian ...
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Choo-choo! Word trains

All aboard the Word Train Express! Engineering a word train is simple: I'll give you the locomotive (the first word) and the caboose (the last word), and I'll specify the number of boxcars (...