Problematics | A password to puzzles with Jamie Lee Curtis
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 01:44 PM IST
On December 19, 2022, I invited you to crack my password to the account where I store my puzzles. Since you did, I had to change my password for security reasons — and I used JAMIE LC for inspiration. Here are #Week30's puzzles.
Problematics | Rubik’s colours and Pythagorean triples
This week's puzzles include a mischievous child, a Rubik's cube, and the Pythagorean triangle. Good luck!
Published on Mar 15, 2023 10:12 AM IST
Problematics | In the name of Einstein, match the following
Creating a full-length Einstein puzzle, I found, can be an exhausting but ultimately rewarding exercise. Here you go.
Published on Mar 06, 2023 03:54 PM IST
Problematics | The price of mixing apples and oranges
It may be fine to compare apples with oranges, but you should be wary about mixing the two, except perhaps in a fruit salad. Here’s why.
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 08:45 AM IST
Problematics | Untold story about a hare and a tortoise
This week, one of the two puzzles may include some information you don’t really need. Good luck!
Published on Feb 20, 2023 01:09 PM IST
Problematics | A gift for packing things correctly
This week’s puzzles are somewhat less challenging, but interesting nevertheless. It is, incidentally, a landmark week of sorts: the 25th in an unbroken series of puzzling weeks.
Updated on Feb 14, 2023 08:05 AM IST
Problematics | Playing cards, words and a classroom game
Have you ever created something, like a poem or a word game, only to find that someone else has created something similar? This week's puzzles are one of those.
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 09:04 AM IST
Problematics | More tricks to play on impressionable friends
Welcome to week 23 of Problematics! Here are this week's puzzles, admittedly not my own.
Updated on Jan 30, 2023 04:57 PM IST
Problematics | The puzzling truth about cats and dogs
For any Monday’s puzzles, please send in your solutions by noon on Friday the same week. This will also be mentioned in the footnote every week. Let's get solving!
Published on Jan 23, 2023 07:04 PM IST
Problematics | Think of a number, repeat and recycle
This week's fare is relatively simple, although the puzzles are not exactly sitters.
Published on Jan 17, 2023 03:43 PM IST
Problematics | Watch your hands and how they move
Ignore the second hand and concern yourselves only with the hour and minute hands. Like last week’s Christmas tree puzzle, this one too comes from something I had presented to readers 30 years ago.
Published on Jan 10, 2023 03:34 PM IST
How long does it take to set up an Xmas tree?
I felt the puzzle would work better if I adapted it for readers who are three decades younger. I have changed the form of the original but retained the content.
Published on Jan 02, 2023 01:24 PM IST
Problematics | The mathematics of planning a family
Here's week 18 of Problematics.
Updated on Dec 26, 2022 03:13 PM IST
Problematics | A puzzler’s guide to matchmaking
Here's week 17 of Problematics.
Updated on Dec 20, 2022 02:40 PM IST
Problematics | Flight of fancy: Around the world in how many days?
When someone identifies an error in someone else’s puzzle, it is called “cooking” the puzzle. Here's a simplified adaptation for readers of Problematics!
Updated on Dec 12, 2022 05:24 PM IST
Problematics | Which game is smarter, poker or teen patti?
The Hollywood caper The Sting (1973) includes a memorable depiction of a poker game, in which a lot of cheating is going on. This too is about poker, and the rules of the game now may help you warm up for The Sting later.
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 09:07 AM IST
Problematics | How the crow flies between World Cup football fans
The football World Cup provides the ideal occasion to release a puzzle that I had so far been holding on to. It’s not about football, but involves fans of the game. And it’s not extremely difficult, but it’s fun when you figure out how to solve it.
Published on Nov 28, 2022 01:25 PM IST
Problematics | World Cup goals set on your table
The World Cup is an occasion we cannot ignore. I hope you enjoy solving the following football-related puzzles as much as I enjoyed creating them.
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 01:16 PM IST
Problematics | Play Wordle with these movie titles
Neither of this week’s puzzles is exceptionally tough, but one will require harder work than the other. That one is not mathematical, but a word puzzle that also requires some knowledge of Hollywood:
Published on Nov 15, 2022 12:24 PM IST
Problematics | The weight of a bulldog and friends
The following kind of puzzle is one involving two equations and three variables, whose values you need not determine while getting to the answers you are looking for.
Published on Nov 07, 2022 02:27 PM IST
Problematics | One step at a time on Metro escalator
It would be a stretch to describe what follows as an original puzzle, but I have tinkered with a couple of existing forms of puzzles and merged them into one using my own variables.
Updated on Oct 31, 2022 03:02 PM IST
Problematics | Poker cards with a dash of chemistry
This week’s puzzles remain mildly challenging, like most of the previous ones.
Published on Oct 25, 2022 02:55 PM IST
Problematics | From Wonderland, without Alice
Apart from his stories, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson aka Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, created a number of delightful puzzles, one of which I have loosely adapted for you.
Published on Oct 17, 2022 03:44 PM IST
Problematics | Once upon a time in the wheels
There is a gem of a puzzle hidden in old cinema shots of a moving stagecoach.
Published on Oct 10, 2022 12:34 PM IST
Problematics | Operation dessert mix
This week, there are only three elements and still no compulsion, but I give you A, B and C all the same. I picked these words out of three different dictionaries. Here are the puzzles:
Updated on Oct 03, 2022 01:45 PM IST
Problematics | Spot the cheetahs at the roundtable
This puzzle involves eight big cats released into a national park.
Published on Sep 26, 2022 12:42 PM IST
Problematics | Scores to settle on cricket pitch
This week on, everyone who solved one or both of last week’s puzzles gets acknowledged here, in the online version of Problematics, while the print version lists those who solved both. Here are this week's puzzles:
Updated on Sep 19, 2022 06:43 PM IST
Problematics | Births and dates with new puzzles
We are familiar with mathematical tricks in which you think of a number and I tell you what it is. In this variation, let’s use dates instead of numbers.
Updated on Sep 12, 2022 12:08 PM IST
Problematics | When nobody gets to work from home
Can’t wait for your next article in Problematics, Sunaina Shivrain tells me from Faridabad. Mondays will be less mundane, writes Nupur Joshi from Faridabad. Thank you for your response, and let’s keep this going. This week’s puzzles coming up:
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 04:13 PM IST
Problematics I Let the puzzles, games begin
Every week, we bring you one or more mildly challenging puzzles, which means they are neither too easy nor too hard
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 12:26 PM IST