Friday, August 30, 2019

The Stacked Block Problem


Solution:  There are different ways to organize your thinking -- by row or by column.  There are 4 rows with a sum of 1 + 3 + 6 + 10 = 20.  Or 10 columns with a sum of 1 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 3 +  3 + 4 = 20.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

More Guess My Word Puzzles


Solution below:









Solution to  Guess My Word Puzzles


  1. We can use the clues “JUNKS = 0” AND “STINK = 0” to eliminate those letters in the other words.  


H U N K Y = 2

W H I S K  = 2

C E N T S  = 2


The letters that are left spell CHEWY.  


H U N K Y = 2

W H I S K  = 2

C E N T S  = 2


  1. This puzzle is harder.  One thing we can do is to compare words that are similar but have different point values.


For example, if GRAIN = 3 and GRANT = 4, then replacing the letter I with a T adds a point to the word.  (The two words share their other letters – GRAN.). Therefore, we know the mystery word must have a T (and must not have an I.)


Solution:  GRUNT


  1. A good place to start is to notice that PAYER has one more point than LAYER.  Therefore there must be a P in the mystery word and must not be an L.


Notice also that by comparing BEAMS to SMART, we can see that R and T must be in the word and B and E must not.


Solution:  PARTY