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Problematics | The puzzling truth about cats and dogs

Published on Jan 23, 2023 07:04 PM IST

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!

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Problematics | Think of a number, repeat and recycle

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

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
Published on Jan 02, 2023 01:24 PM IST

Problematics | The mathematics of planning a family

Here's week 18 of Problematics.

Here's week 18 of Problematics.
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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!

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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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.

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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:

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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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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:

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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.

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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:

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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.

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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:

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Welcome to Problematics! (Shutterstock)
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

We launch today with both kinds of puzzles, with more to follow in the weeks to come. (iStock Photo)
We launch today with both kinds of puzzles, with more to follow in the weeks to come. (iStock Photo)
Updated on Sep 05, 2022 12:26 PM IST
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