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Questions tagged [no-computers]

A puzzle designed to be solved without using calculators, online decoders or computer programming.

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Which two houses didn't get any mail that week?

Postman delivers the mail in the small village. This village has exactly ten houses, numbered from 1 to 10. In a certain week, he did not deliver any mail at two houses in the village but at ...
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Jabberwocky Question

What's a good word to describe 'Jabberwocky,' by Lewis Carroll? As a reminder, here's the first stanza: 'Twass brillig, and the sluithy toves Did gyrre and gimble in the wabe; All mimsy werre ...
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center of the noise [closed]

In the center of the noise, the accused tries to hide. But the demons are already around, they take control.”? SOURCE
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Aiming for the 24

6 1 3 4 = ?? Using four basic math signs (+, -, *, /) and brackets, for instance: 6 * (1 + 3) - 4 = 20 6 * 1 * 3 + 4 = 22 6 + 13 + 4 = 23 (6 + 1)* 3 + 4 = 25 61 - 34 = 27 Try ...
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How can 15 become 3?

This is not a mathematical puzzle. How can 14 become 7? 10 becomes 1, but can also become 2. 13 becomes 8, and 8 becomes 10. 6 stays as 6 under this thinking. Hint 1: Since answer was found, OP ...
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A word exercise : Same consonants and five vowels [duplicate]

Can you think of 5 different 5-letter words which use the same 4 consonants and each word includes one separate vowel? You must use all 5 vowels. In all 5 words, the 4 consonants and one vowel must ...
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I like to stuff things in my gut

What am I? I like to embrace pretty much everything in life, And I am obsessed with a popular essential oil. I chew on gum pretty much all day, And don’t drink a lot of water. I ...
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A special square

Is there a four-digit square number which has at least one digit in common with every other four-digit square?
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Tiling rectangles with a Heptomino plus 2x2 square

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 ...
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A mazegic square

So you like mathematical diversions? Here's something new for you then ...
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Tiling rectangles with Heptomino plus rectangle #7

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 ...
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Ziggy - Make a square from 8 polyomino pieces

A few years ago I created a small packing puzzle that I'd like to share here today. The puzzle is based on the fact that $1+2+3+4+5+6+7+8 = 6^2$. It consists of 8 zig-zag polyomino pieces, ranging in ...
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Bumblin' Stumblin' Rumblin' Jumblin'!

This is an entry into the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #36 Jumble® was one of my favorite puzzles growing up. They were quick and fun and relatively easy; they took just long enough to keep me ...
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Five different things and five different clues and five different-----

Please finish the title of this puzzle! Five different things, quite common All come in different size, shape and colour Each word has 3 different consonants Five words share and ...
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Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #3

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 ...
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Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #2

Inspired by Polyomino T hexomino and rectangle packing into rectangle See also series Tiling rectangles with F pentomino plus rectangles and Tiling rectangles with Hexomino plus rectangle #1 ...
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Riley Riddles in Reverse, third helping

Once more! For science! Here's yet another batch of "inverted" Riley riddles. The idea is still exactly the same as before: You get three words. You must find one solution word that you can ...
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Riley Riddles in Reverse, batch 2

"post some more sometime :)" -- user @Dragonrage in the comments of Riley Riddles in Reverse Here's another batch of "inverted" Riley riddles. These still work exactly like the ones before: You ...
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Riley Riddles in Reverse

In the all-famous Riley riddles, you have to guess one word from clues about its prefix, infix and suffix. Here, instead, You get three words. You must find one solution word that you can attach.....
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Barrel - Part 5

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. This is a continuation of Barrel - Part 1, Barrel - Part 2, Barrel - Part 3, and Barrel - Part 4, but this ...
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A challenging Magic Square

Find a 3x3 Magic Square where each row, column and both diagonals result in positive number 9 You are allowed any of the 4 math operations : add, subtract, multiply or divide. NO OTHER OPERATIONS ...
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Candy Button Paper

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. Title based on this xkcd. Your biggest dream has come true: you have an infinite supply of your favorite five-flavor candy button ...
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Tiling a rectangle with an odd number of Y pentomoes

Follow-on from Tiling a rectangle with just the Y pentomino Two questions: Find the smallest rectangle that can be tiled with an odd number of Y pentominoes, or prove it impossible Find the smallest ...
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Tiling a rectangle with just the Y pentomino

Inspired by this question series, which was inspired by this question. They give rise to beautiful pictures (at least in the eye of the beholder mathematician) and some nice generalizable solutions. ...
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Color Logic problem 3

Find the rule specified in the image below. Make sure the rule fully satisfies. Part two and one
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Here's another Color Logic problem

Find the rule specified in the image below. Note that the rule applies to each row independently so every "true" row is "true" by itself If you are confused about these, here's an easy one: Did you ...
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Color Logic - Find the rule

Find the rule specified in the image below. Taken from Caterpillar Logic, now the app is gone.
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A very evil cipher

A very evil tyrant locks you in a very evil cellar in a very evil castle. Every day he brings you a bit of soup and a bit of bread with a message he says, "It's the code but you have to decipher it ...
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Strategy for 2x3 Sliding Puzzle

Here's an instance of a $2$x$3$ sliding puzzle: The $2$x$3$ sliding puzzle is just a smaller version of the well-known 15 puzzle. Many guides exist on solving the 15 puzzle, and there are strategies ...
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How many dates are ambiguous across the Atlantic?

The Day/Month/Year date system commonly used in Britain (and much of Europe?) and the Month/Day/Year system commonly used in the US can lead to confusion when, for example, we write 9/3/2018 for the ...
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A magical operation #2

Quick reminder of what is a magical operation A magical operation on a particular number (not ending by 0) is the addition of this number with his symetrical number. For example the magical operation ...
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Let's go back in time!

Okay, so below are a handful of ciphers. They're pretty easy to identify, ranging from simple substitution to complicated binary. Some may have the keyword given others you have to solve. Now you're ...
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A magical operation

A magical operation on a particular number (not ending by 0) is the addition of this number with his symetrical number. For example the magical operation for 2018 would be 2018 + 8102 = 10120. Let ...
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Find the missing numbers in the magic square

The following is a magic square: each row, column and diagonal add to 34, all of the numbers 1 to 16 appear exactly once. Find the missing numbers.
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Make numbers 0 - 11 using the digits 2, 0, 1, 8; BUT

... seriously, this is definitely NOT that "kind of puzzle"! ;) So let me create this puzzle to freshen you up! It is inspired by a meta question: Yet another 2018 puzzle. Put the digits 2, 0, 1, ...
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Challenging 15 rectangle tiling problem

This will test you, a computer will definitely help. Just one set of $1:2$ aspect ratio rectangles this time, but $15$ of them. Short side only is listed. The challenge is to arrange them into a ...
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How many 5+ letter words can you find?

NYT does a word hive in every Sunday edition, and I quite enjoy it, so I decided to make my own, using the same rules. Check it out: If you're unfamiliar, here are the rules. You may only use the ...
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Slightly bigger 1:2 hand tiling, getting a little harder

Pretty sure an expert hand tiler would be able to find this. Please post a spoiler only if you hand tile it... Tile a $60\times60$ square with $1:2$ rectangles of sizes ...
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Trickier hand tiling

This should be a little trickier. Using $20$ rectangles of aspect ratio $1:2$, make two squares. Use sizes 2,3,7,12,16 in both squares. And split this list among ...
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Two similar hand tiling puzzles

Make a square from each of these lists of aspect ratio $1:2$ rectangles 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17 ...
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Dissect a square into 1:2 non-congruent integer-sided rectangles

(Similar to the recent 3:1 and my 3:2 rectangle question) Tile a square completely with rectangles which have aspect ratio 1:2, integral side lengths and all different sizes. In other words selected ...
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The Ultimate Typo

Here are four sentences that I made up. But I accidentally shuffled the characters in every column! Can you figure out what the original sentences were? ...
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So many names in this place

The spelled name of this one word place is kind of interesting It has within its name: Three first names One last name One name of a country One name of a Province/State/Territory One ...
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Hand tiling puzzle 2

Here's another set of polyominoes (sizes 4,5,6,7,8,9,10) that you can print and cut out. As before, the two smallest (same pieces as previous version) make a 3x3. The rest of the pieces are different. ...
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Hand tiling puzzle

Here's a set of polyominoes (sizes 4,5,6,7,8,9,10) that you can print and cut out. You can use the two smallest to make a 3x3. Nice easy one to get you started. Add a piece to make a 3x5. Add another ...
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Optimal Money-Saving on the NYC Metro

You are on vacation in New York City. You didn't bring your car, and it's currently around $-50^\circ C$, so it's probably a good idea to take the NYC metro subway to move around. You need a metro ...
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How many dimensions?

You have $n+1$ points in $n$-dimensional Euclidean space, such that the mutual distance between each pair of points is the same. Now imagine an $n$-dimensional generalization of a sphere, such that ...
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What is the probability that all the bullets will be destroyed?

A gun shots bullets with different speed each second. The bullets form a straight line. The bullets keep their speed (not getting slower or faster). But if 2 of the bullets collide, 2 of them are ...
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A word pronounced like letters

Can you give me a word that when pronounced, sounds exactly like pronouncing some of the letters of the alphabet. For example The word TEEPEE sounds exactly like the letters T and P so TP, just as ...
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Simple Homeworlds puzzle

On this site, we have numerous chess puzzles. however, we do not seem to have any Homeworlds puzzles, the game of space kings (yes this can be tagged outer space thank you very much.) Hence, here is ...