My publication pulled a cryptogram puzzle from the generic content producer we are subscribed to for our holiday guide, however when editing the pages we realized no one knows how to solve this. [more inside]
We have a very active six week old kitten. What puzzles are age-appropriate for this kitten? I need more ways to redirect this cute kitten from tantalizing wires! [more inside]
Where can I find the Spelling Bee puzzle by Frank Longo online? [more inside]
Real life puzzle. My wife and I each have a digital alarm clock on our bedside tables. They were both accurate until we rearranged the room - now my wife's is always fast. We've switched the clock, extension cord, and outlet, but my wife's is still always fast. What's going on? Have we discovered a small rift in the time vortex? [more inside]
Can you suggest a jigsaw puzzle for the family that is about solving a mystery? Something fun and can keep the attention of kids over 12? [more inside]
Do you know of an iPhone crossword puzzle app with puzzles by the late lamented Merl Reagle?
Here is a photograph. We believe it is a musical puzzle because the circled letters (circled in gray naturally, and I've re-circled them in blue where they appear in found words) are all potentially notes, and elsewhere in the ARG the clue "The message hidden within the grid of letters is not comprised of words, but belongs to the spheres" has been given. Does anyone have any insight? Do you recognize the tune? [more inside]
26 spaces across. You start with AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA and follow with AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAB; AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABB; AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABBB; proceeding to ... BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB BBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBC, etc. until ... YZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ; finally ending with ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. How many lines would you have after you did this for the whole alphabet?
More than 10 years ago, I got a 6-block wood puzzle at a market in Portland,OR. It's NOT the standard Burr puzzle, even though it results in a similar shape, with a meatier core and less sticking out on each side. I used to be quick to solve it but alas, I no longer can figure it out. I think it's beautiful but also don't have use for 6 pieces if I can't solve the puzzle. Anyone know the puzzle? Can you help?
I've reached the proverbial straw moment where I'm realizing that, approaching any sort of numbers/critical thinking game or challenge that is meant to be fun, is instead filling me with absolute dread. I find myself becoming incredibly tense and anxious, and very often preemptively angry at myself for OF COURSE being too stupid to pick it up, which means that often I don't even try to pick it up, which then becomes an inescapable feedback loop. I need to change this, please tell me how! [more inside]
Fill the hole in my brain left by Two Dots. [more inside]
I have a clinic. Rather than magazines, I have mechanical/manipulative puzzles in the lobby. I was wondering if anyone could recommend any I was not familiar with. [more inside]
but I can't remember what PC game circa 1990 I used to do it on. [more inside]
I've been playing a computer game called Puzzle & Dragons where you "fight" monsters by moving jewels around on a grid to create rows of three or more. I want to know if there's any way to work out a good series of moves other than by brute force. Details below: [more inside]
I love rebuses! Is there a webpage or book that has tons of them? I've googled, but have come up short.
I remember playing a game ages (ten years?) ago on (now defunct) bonus.com, which involved manipulating different-coloured cars using switches and other things. I played it on a desktop computer, and it used flash or shockwave. One needed to get a certain amount of cars into specific places to pass the level. The game was played from a top-down perspective. There were many levels. I think, though I may be mistaken, that the game had a person's name in the title. Can you help me find it? [more inside]
I want to buy a few non-word-search puzzle games or books for a friend's grandmother, who is ESL and has age-related difficulties (needs large print, easy-level puzzles). I want to buy something and have it shipped, I don't want to print out puzzles, and nothing electronic format. [more inside]
So I really want to have a jigsaw puzzle made from a picture I have stored on my computer. Unfortunately my pictures are all low resolution. But how low is too low? [more inside]
While visiting a friend the other day, he showed me a very strange clay bowl. The bowl came with the house, which he rents. The owner does not know/recall the purpose of the bowl, nor have any guests been able to produce a convincing answer. More details and a drawing follow. [more inside]
I'm looking for well-designed puzzle and strategy games for my iPhone 5S. [more inside]
Help me ID/find this game: it may have been playable in-browser. If downloadable, it was free and probably worked on winxp. It might have only been at a demo/tech demo state, but it was a 3d first person puzzler where you aim and it would show you the trajectory of where a ball would bounce and you could then teleport to the end point of the trajectory? The idea was that you'd have to figure out which surface/angle to bounce off in order to get to a goal destination. May even have been posted to mefi. [more inside]
I am working on a puzzle that has to with linguistics. It has words in different languages and I have translated most of it. Some of the words didn't translate great with Google translate. I have gotten this out of the cache owner: "Yes, meaning can also have value. Perhaps not in English though. Or the words themselves." The value will be coordinates to ind the geocache. [more inside]
My sister is pregnant, and they're keeping the baby's name a secret. But I get one guess, and she'll tell me if I'm right. They came across the name in a magazine article, and they heard it in a sci fi movie, as well. Here's everything I know about the article and the movie... can you help me sleuth out the name? [more inside]
I'm looking for some good puzzle games, preferably for iOS and based on words rather than numbers or physical pieces. [more inside]
There are 2 people on my Facebook feed who will consistently mix up the letter "n" with the letter "u" such that "cousin" looks like "consin" and "don't" looks like "dout". I was wondering if anyone else has noticed people doing this, is this was a common thing in Northern Ireland (where both are from, but they were not raised together) or some weird idiosyncrasy? My pattern-seeking brain is seeking relief. [more inside]
I have a bike lock that uses letters instead of numbers for the combination. I locked up my bike a month ago and, of course, have forgotten the code word. I'd love metafilter's help to create a list of dictionary words that are possible from the letters on the lock so I can try them all until it opens. There are four wheels, each with 10 letters. [more inside]
Hello darlings. I'd like your help, specifically in the form of looking at a painting and telling me if you recognize any parts of it from the city you live in, especially if that city is Boston. There's a fair amount of background in terms of what to look for, so please do bear with me. It's all relevant, I promise. [more inside]
I'm looking for games available for the PlayStation 3 with (fully clothed, not overtly sexualized) female protagonists, or protagonists of unspecified gender. Ideally, the games would also be non-violent or minimally violent, and they would rely largely on puzzle-solving rather than time-sensitive and reflex-dependent jump-and-shoot strategies. [more inside]
I have a puzzle box...a little box with a puzzle you must solve in order to open it. The opening inside is a cylinder about 2.5" in diameter by 3" in length, so, big enough for a standard plastic gift card if you bend it a little. I want to give a gift that is more interesting than a gift card, so I need your ideas! [more inside]
Is there any place on the internet where I can buy Rubix's cube variants and similar, non-cube puzzles? In particular, I'm looking for the silver architectural-looking cube at bottom center, the grabby-hands cube in the top-right corner, and the flat twisty picture-puzzle (two different pictures are possible and the plastic pieces are wired together in a certain way) on the right side of this photo.
Are there the makings of a riddle in Isaiah 22:22? And can you help me come up with a tangible answer to it, just for kicks? [more inside]
I'm looking for some light, fairly simple iPhone puzzle-type games, for a 4th-generation iPod Touch running iOS 5.1. [more inside]
Help me find a devilishly difficult online puzzle that I had worked on ~4 years ago. Difficultly: I remember a few of the levels and not much about the name. It's not the "Impossible Quiz" flash game. [more inside]
Growing up my parents had a puzzle of an apartment building where every piece was basically the same shape. Four puzzle pieces made up the window to a room, in total there were probably 8 floors of 10 windows each. The challenge was putting the windows in the right order. So for example in one window someone would be throwing out a bucket of water, downstairs the person would remark that it's raining. In another a receptionist would say something like "you want #304, one floor up". [more inside]
My sister and I have an annual Christmas tradition of making an elaborate treasure hunt, puzzle or game for our family. Need some help brainstorming this year's edition. [more inside]
Best Hidden Object/Point and Click games out there? [more inside]
I recall really enjoying the book Maze by Christopher Manson when I was young. Are there any books that offer something similar in that they are slightly narrative but built with a critical thinking and/or puzzle goal in mind?
RebusFilter: on the left, the word "giving" printed four times in a column. On the right, the word "lover" printed four times in a column. What is the solution? [more inside]
Help me understand this. Math/logic puzzle follows... [more inside]
PuzzleFilter - Must. complete. this week's NYT variety puzzle [PDF]. Help. (Selected answers after the jump) [more inside]
I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift.
I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift. [more inside]
I'm looking for mystery puzzles for adults. [more inside]
I'm about 95% done with my first NYT-style themed crossword puzzle, currently laid out by hand on graph paper, and I want to start looking at making a digital version of it. What are some good tools or workflow for creating well laid out crossword grids on the computer? [more inside]
What first-person perspective puzzle game was set in a completely white environment that you revealed by shooting blobs of paint? [more inside]
I've been a long-time fan of the Myst series, but up until recently with Fez I didn't realize how much I missed atmospheric games based heavily on exploration and worldbuilding-type puzzles. Can anyone recommend more? [more inside]
I'm looking for a website I found years ago that combined prose and pictures to create a series of puzzles, but I do not remember what it was called. The notable thing about it was that it had 12 puzzles, and they are dispensed to you weekly, with a story and master puzzle arcing across all twelve, leaving you with a 3 month interactive experience. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
Please help me find the critical thinking textbook my grade-school class used in the early eighties. [more inside]
Plant identification filter! What is this plant that's growing in my garden? Do I want it? [more inside]