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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

Two-fold solution You're concerned that when the reader looks for the solution they will see other solutions. The easy answer would be just put one answer per page, but that would make the book ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

If the publisher allows, insert a solution page and a special page that is an overlay for the solution page. The overlay page covers the solution page and has holes cut out. It acts as a mask. The ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

You could include some kind of decoding device with the book. To test the answer, the person encodes their answer and then puts it in the decoding device. For example, the encoding device is a card ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

For another grid based approach the answer could be hidden in a small grid like this: If they have the right answer they should be able to find it in the grid:
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

Have a grid of letters where some of them have a colored background: To check the answer, check that each letter has a green background. By coloring in some extra squares, guessing the correct answer ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

I'll give you a frame challenge. Just because you don't like it that readers see the answer when checking them doesn't mean that the readers don't like it. If readers don't want to know there is a ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

Personally when designing puzzles for children I try to ensure that a correct solution can be verified just by looking at it. For some very simplified examples, a Tangram puzzle or a Rubik's cube is ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

One solution that the other answers didn't mention (and the OP didn't exclude) is to set up a simple website dedicated to your book and put the solutions there as some kind of password for navigating ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

You could give the answer from a series of spoilers, in several steps. Suppose you think an answer is Weather Vane. The clue says go to section XYZ. Then at XYZ it says "three words" so you ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

If all of the answers are one word or one short phrase, then the following might be an option. Sort all of the answers to all of the riddles in alphabetical order in the answer section in the back of ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

Here are some options (roughly in order of my personal preference): have a brilliant solution that must obviously be correct. Doing this consistently makes the solver expect it, and they will start ...
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How to confirm the reader has the right answer without showing the answer?

You could use a table like this: ...
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How to word question about multiple sets of coloured snooker balls

A different approach, use numbers instead of colors... I would give them a drawing like the one you showed but with bigger circles. Instructions: In each circle, place a number between 1 and 5. Each ...
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How to word question about multiple sets of coloured snooker balls

"Arrange 15 balls, 3 of each of 5 colours, in the …" would be easier to understand if the parenthetical phrase were explicitly parenthetical: Arrange 15 balls (3 of each of 5 colours), in ...
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How to word question about multiple sets of coloured snooker balls

You have 5 sets of three balls. Each set is a different colour....
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How to word question about multiple sets of coloured snooker balls

I know you weren't asking for an actual solution to this puzzle, but I couldn't resist:
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How to word question about multiple sets of coloured snooker balls

What's wrong with "We have 15 balls in 5 colors, with 3 balls for each color"?
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How to word question about multiple sets of coloured snooker balls

You could try rearranging the sentence, as in: "You have 5 different colours of balls, and 3 identical balls in each colour, making 15 total." It's a bit clunkier, but easier to understand ...
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How to word question about multiple sets of coloured snooker balls

I think 9th and 10th graders would understand "3 of each of 5 colours" perfectly well but if not then just choose 5 colors for them. "Arrange 15 balls, 3 red, 3 yellow, 3 green, 3 blue, ...
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Requesting Feedback on Check Sum for Word Linking Puzzle Stage

If the checksum method is described (and it needs to be, or else you can't check that you got the correct answer), that limits the search space too. With the checksum you proposed, 27 can only be made ...
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Requesting Feedback on Check Sum for Word Linking Puzzle Stage

The main problem is that there are too many degrees of freedom between the two given words; there's too much "play" in the three links between words, which makes the puzzle tedious to solve: ...
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