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### Problematics | The puzzling truth about cats and dogs

Published on Jan 23, 2023 07:04 PM IST

## This week's fare is relatively simple, although the puzzles are not exactly sitters.

Published on Jan 17, 2023 03:43 PM IST

## 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

## 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

## Here's week 18 of Problematics.

Updated on Dec 26, 2022 03:13 PM IST

## Here's week 17 of Problematics.

Updated on Dec 20, 2022 02:40 PM IST

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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

## This week’s puzzles remain mildly challenging, like most of the previous ones.

Published on Oct 25, 2022 02:55 PM IST

## 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

## 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

## 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

## This puzzle involves eight big cats released into a national park.

Published on Sep 26, 2022 12:42 PM IST

## 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

## 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

## 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

## 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
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