The Martian is a book by Andy Weir about how potatoes will become the first food crop on Mars. Alright, it’s about more than that, but anyone who has read Weir’s novel knows potatoes get plenty of mentions. Anyway, the point is: This week, in honor of Mark Watney’s space spuds, we’re featuring a puzzle about Martian…
Don’t answer this puzzle too quickly. Read the question closely, and consider your answer carefully (especially if you’ve seen this kind of puzzle before).
This brain teaser is a little different from the ones I usually feature on Sunday Puzzle. There’s no logic. No math. No tricky wording. Just an illustration and a hidden object. Some of you will spot it quickly. Others of you will not.
Here’s a fantastic exercise in thinking about thinking: The Upshot at the NYT is hosting an interactive puzzle that pits you against every other person who attempts the puzzle. It’s... a bit of a mind game.
Sometimes a seemingly meaningless puzzle makes just enough sense for you to solve it. This is one of those puzzles.
Sunday Puzzle is on holiday this weekend! In its place, try your hand at this week’s collection of puzzles from NPR’s Will Shortz. “Every answer this week is a six-letter word that contains two consecutive F’s. Use each anagram of the other four letters to find the full six-letter word.”
This week’s puzzle is not about gravity, though you’d be excused for suspecting as much. After all, when most people read “Isaac Newton” and “tree” in the same sentence, they think also of falling apples. But this week’s puzzle, which is widely attributed to Newton, is actually an exercise in orderly arboriculture.
In this week’s puzzle, two players face off in an unusual tabletop game. It’s one you can play yourself—and, if you know the strategy, win every time.
In this week’s Sunday Puzzle, we’re heading to the library. But not just any library.
Sunday Puzzle is on holiday this weekend. In its place, try your hand at this puzzle from The New York Times. NYT’s David Leonhardt calls it short, interactive game that “sheds light on government policy, corporate America and why no one likes to be wrong.” I like it because it’s meta. It’s a puzzle about…
Have you ever arrived at the wrong solution to a problem, but been so confident in your answer that it took you forever to see the error of your ways? This week, we’re featuring three straightforward puzzles that commonly elicit not just incorrect answers, but unwavering confidence from those who supply them.
You and a fellow traveler have been imprisoned by a mad king with an unaccountable penchant for logic puzzles (as mad kings do). Can the two of you solve his riddle and escape with your lives—more importantly, can you do it without communicating with one another?
This week’s puzzle is an optimization problem: Can you determine the fastest way to toast and butter three slices of bread? (It’s harder than it sounds.)
Can you determine what goes in place of the question mark?
Or rather, more accurately, it requires outside the “pen” thinking — pigpen thinking, to be exact.
We’re on the road this week, sans computer. In place of the Sunday Puzzle column, I thought I’d turn you on to Futility Closet, and some lateral thinking puzzles recently featured on its podcast.
This week’s puzzle puts you at the mercy of an unjust torturer. Explaining why he is unjust can help you make sense of a daunting mathematical proof that last year made headlines for being “bigger than Wikipedia.”
Before you is a rickety bridge, at your back a raging wildfire. With you are three people, some of them slower than others. Can you all cross to safety in time?
There’s an obvious answer to this classic puzzle, and there’s the correct answer. Which will you choose?
It’s time for another blindfold puzzle! As we’ve seen before, brain teasers like this one aren’t even proper puzzles when you can see what’s in front of you. But remove vision from the equation, and you’re left with a seriously devious riddle.