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An orderly transition of power [duplicate]

Since it's the 20th of January, perhaps we can demonstrate an orderly transition from TRUMP to BIDEN? There are eight steps to get there and all words are found in the World Scrabble dictionary. One ...
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Three to Seven in five or less

Can you change the word Three to the word Seven in five steps or less with the following rules: You must exactly replace two letters; one vowel and one consonant of the word in each step with a ...
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With a little effort, one can prevail

What is common between the following words and names? (Inspired by this except that I actually know the answer to this one) Defeat Kleenex? Guanaco Nerdiest Sardar Ian McKellen Dingo Gun Diablo ...
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Expanding on a classic

From the simple caesar to the seemingly uncrackable elliptic curve, there are countless ways to obscure - and even hide - a sensitive message. Cryptography is quite interesting in this way. I find the ...
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First digit of 2021^2021 [duplicate]

Can you find the first digit of $2021^{2021}$ without a computer? Good luck!
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A special number

Here is a nice puzzle from my friend. Can you find a number that is a product of two consecutive primes and when multiplied by its own reversal produces a palindrome? The answer may surprise you. No ...
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A Circle of numbers

Just saw a Circle of numbers on my Whats App message (source not listed) which is as following Arrange numbers 1 to 32 in a circle such that any two adjacent (neighboring) numbers add up to a perfect ...
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Rack 'Em Up! 🎱

In a game of English eight-ball pool, a set of 15 balls are arranged or 'racked' in the shape of an equilateral triangle. In order for the balls to be racked fairly, they must be arranged like so: <...
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First digit of 3^2020

Inspired by The last digit for 3^(2019) Can you find the first digit of 32020 without a computer?
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Find the fastest stalemate for Black!

In the below position, how many moves will it take for Black to be stalemated? Black moves first, and both sides are working together. Black's pawns are moving down. Have fun solving! Zdravko Maslar, ...
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Down The Board-Selfmate In 10 Moves

Here's a miniature selfmate puzzle that I composed today. I just got an idea and I managed to successfully create it. I got the basic idea down to just 9 pieces, none of which are promoted. It's White ...
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An Artistic Bunch

Luke, Clive, Anton and Paul are four talented creative artists, one a dancer, one a painter, one a singer, and one a writer. (Though not necessarily respectively.) Luke and Anton were in the audience ...
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I have a bad feeling about this country name

What is the longest country name that can be fully anagramed into one word from the Merriam-Webster dictionary? Please use this site for the list of countries. Minimum length 8 letters. If a country ...
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Solitaire Chess

A friend of mine got me Solitaire Chess for Christmas years ago. I set up the board below. Is it possible to solve it? If so, what is the solution? (No programs allowed- Use only your brain.) Rules: ...
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Pentomino tiling on wrap-around 5x5 grids

It is known that P pentominoes cannot tile a 5x5 square board. Q1: If the east and west edges of the 5x5 square board are "wrapping around" (if you move a piece through one of the edges, the ...
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Crossing out every second number

Write down all integers from 1 to 1000. Cross out the first number and every second number after that. So you will cross out 1, 3, 5 and so on. Now repeat the process exactly - cross out the first ...
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n rows and 18 columns

I haven't posted for a long long time, so here is an interesting combinatorics problem! There is a table with đť‘› rows and 18 columns. Each of its cells contains a 0 or a 1. The table satisfies the ...
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Stochastic Taxicab Path

A city's roadworks is laid out as a perfectly rectangular tiling. A commuter within this city has to travel to work a distance of 17 blocks east and 7 blocks north each day, and tries to take the same ...
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A fraction puzzle

This is a puzzle with both the computer-puzzle tag and the no-computers tag. We have the following list of five fractions: $$11/5, 30/77, 1/11, 21/2, 5/7.$$ Starting with an integer $x$, we perform ...
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Does this alphametic have only one solution?

I could only get one answer for the following alphametic. Can you confirm? ETAS / (E * T * A * S) = SEAT - SATE All 4 lettes are separate digits from 1 to 9. ETAS, SEAT and SATE are 4 digit numbers ...
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Yet another mixed sum

An instance of this puzzle is here: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/nov/16/can-you-solve-it-the-srcmalbed-nmebur-plzuze a) It has been swhon taht to raed a txet the oedrr in wihch the ...
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The tip of a colorful triangle

Original source: Problem 1 of British Informatics Olympiad 2017, Round 1 You're given a bunch of red (R), green (G), and blue (B) balls. I arrange some balls on a line. Then I ask you to complete the ...
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Want to go from MANILA to UGANDA

How do you get from the word MANILA to UGANDA in the shortest time? You can change up to 3 letters at a time to form a new 6 letter word which MUST be either a country name or a capital of a country. ...
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A Body Part inside another Body Part

In one of his silly question moods, Grandpa says: "Can you name a body part that is entirely inside (within) another body part but some distance away?" Taking the clue from his last question ...
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Chess Construction Challenge #3-The Inverse Babson

Another day, another task! Today's challenge is to construct four positions, with White to move and win, such that: In each position, White's move is to promote to a particular piece, for a position ...
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Honeybee Hangover

A drunken honeybee lands on a completely random hexagon of a large triangular section (depicted below) of its hive, and then every second afterwards, takes a step to a completely random adjacent ...
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Particular Diophantine equation [closed]

There are four natural numbers $a$, $b$, $c$ and $d$ such that $a<b<c<d$. They satisfy the following equation: $a^2$+$b^2$+$c^2$+$d^2$= $abcd$ What is the smallest possible value of $d$? This ...
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7x7 Knight's tour: Minimal proof for universality on black squares

We already know that 7x7 board cannot have a closed Knight's tour, and it cannot start or end at a white square if R1C1 is black. But our knowledge about 7x7 Knight's tour is still limited. So here is ...
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Solve the Lyne puzzle

This puzzle comes from the game Lyne. The rules: Start and end at the shape with a white dot in the middle Only connect same colours together Lines cannot cross each other All points must be ...
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The art of computer programming

EDIT: I know we are not supposed to edit in new requirements after first posting but as far as I understand it this requirement is implicit in all questions here: Explain your answer! At least a ...
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The largest lettered word which you can make and continue make words from it by deleting $1$ letter from it everytime [duplicate]

Ok, here is a simple puzzle to think :- Find the largest lettered word such that deleting one letter at a time can give you a meaningful word in each step . Note that only deletions are allowed, in ...
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TRUMP to BIDEN : This transition won't be easy

Can you change the word TRUMP to the name BIDEN in 10 steps or less by changing one letter at a time? Each change must result in a valid word from MW dictionary. No proper nouns, abbreviations or ...
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Backwards pawns

Part One: Reach the above position from the starting position Part Two: Find the fastest way to get to this position. Answering part one will get you an upvote, answering part two gets the checkmark!
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Sudokus everywhere 2

Every 9x9 box is a valid sudoku, making 4 sudokus in all. Hopefully this one is a little more challenging than the previous one. I tried keeping the clues symmetric, but didn't quite manage. Enjoy!
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Sudoku like you've never seen it before

I've spent this week trying to create a difficult logic puzzle which is a combination of two Sudoku varaints, 'Samuari Sudokus' and 'Pseudokus', and this combo is unlike anything you can find online. ...
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Sudokus everywhere!

Every 9x9 box is a valid sudoku, making 9 sudokus in all. I'm not sure how hard it is as I started solving it with just a few clues, then added more whenever I got stuck. Enjoy!
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4x4 grid equations version 2

I decided to make another one of these, because they are fun and this one is rather different. Can you place all numbers from 1 to 16 into cells, such that the following 8 equations hold? Note that ...
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Move 2 or 3 spaces in this 5 by 5 grid

You have a 5 by 5 Board as shown. You start from the S (Center) position. You can: 1 Move TWO or THREE spaces only 2 You can move Vertically or Horizontally or Diagonally but only in a straight ...
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4x4 grid equations

Can you place all numbers from 1 to 16 into cells, such that the following 8 equations hold? Note that the operator "/" only works for non-remainder division, i.e. you can have "8 / 4&...
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An odd looking Sudoku

Somewhat in the spirit of Stiv's This new puzzle type needs a name, can you solve this odd looking Sudoku and give it a name?
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77-digit number divisible by 7 with seven 7s

The smallest number divisible by 7 with seven 7s is trivially 7777777. Then, what is the greatest 77-digit number divisible by 7 which contains seven 7s?
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What is the shortest English–language sentence which contains 25 unique letters? [closed]

There is a lot of literature on the subject of short English pangrams, that is, sentences that contain every letter. But I am curious what the shortest, or at least some of the shortest, sentences are ...
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How to divide their loot? The thieves' dilemma

Three thieves rob a jewelry store at gunpoint and end up with the following loot. 10 necklaces 8 bangles 6 rings It so happened that the jewelry was antique and valuable. They asked the scared ...
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Will forcing chains break this sudoku puzzle?

I am trying to pick up advanced sudoku techniques by practicing with “difficult” puzzles as suggested by my sudoku app. In this puzzle, I am stuck in the position as shown below. I think I can make ...
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Coffee theorem puzzle [duplicate]

I am back yet with another puzzle, my last one was made this morning, and this one is a copied one from an app/website called Brilliant. So, this is especially for those who do not have Brilliant ...
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Change Four to Nine in fewest steps

Change the word FOUR to the word NINE by changing only one letter at a time. The change must result in a 4 letter word from the MW dictionary and cannot be an abbreviation,acronym, anagram or a ...
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Sudoku in the third dimension (3D Sudoku)

People seemed to enjoy my last Sudoku variant puzzle - Samurai Pseudoku, so I spent this week making another! This one is going to require using logic you've never used before... The last one was a ...
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Balancing a yardstick

There is a known trick to this, so “no computers” may be used to look up the answer. Alice gives Bob a wooden yardstick with a small weight secured to one end and says, “See if you can find the ...
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Multiplying to reverse digits

Today I noticed that $294$ is a multiple of $49$, which is the last two digits of $294$ reversed. How many other numbers have this property? That is, how many three-digit numbers have a factor which ...
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A greedy cryptarithm

Find all solutions to $$\begin{array}& & & &E&A&T\\& & &A&T&E\\+&E&A&T&E&N\\\hline&Y&U&M&M&Y\end{array}$$ Where ...

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