## 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 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