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144  A Jigsaw Observation
143  Help with... Help - Part 4
142  Dog Does Calculus
141  Connecting 12 Dots with 5 Lines
139  A Couple of Language Equations
138  A Sheet Full of Numbers?
137  Making Your Own Word Searches
136  Paint By Numbers Rules & Tutorials
135  A Confusing Riddle
134  Erasing Digits till Zero
133  The 1-8 Number Grid: No Two Adjacent Numbers Touch Each Other
 144  A Jigsaw Observation Question: I have a question that I have been looking for an answer to for quite some time. Why do some people put jigsaw puzzles together from the edge to the middle and some do it from the middle to the edge? Personally, I can only do it from the edge to the middle, but my wife can only accomplish puzzles from the middle to the edge. Needless to say, we put puzzles together fairly well. Anyway, I would think that it has something to do with whichever side of your brain you use. ie: edge to middle is more logical (left brained) and middle to edge is more intuitive (right brained). That is just my speculation though and I was wondering if there is any information about this. Thank you, Matt C. Answer: This is definitely an interesting observation. We can not directly confirm it, but we also can not disprove it. We've decided to bring this idea to your attention, and we will appreciate any further thoughts on the issue. Posted: February 5, 2007
 143  Help with... Help - Part 4 From time to time we are receiving your messages with seemingly simple requests which turn out to be hard puzzle nuts even for us, though. In these cases our search was unsuccessful. Nobody can know everything! At the moment we have a pretty big collection of such perplexing questions featured in the first part of Help with... Help, Help with... Help - Part 2 and Help with... Help - Part 3. This is the 4th part of such messages that we've collected for the several past months. It easily can be that somebody of you knows some answer to any of the questions below, so any your tips or help will be greatly appreciated - simply Contact Us. Go to Help with... Help - Part 4 Modified: November 30, 2007   |   Posted: February 5, 2007
 142  Dog Does Calculus Question: I am interested in seeing a mathematical solution to the problem in Muse called Dog does calculus. Please give me a general explanation and a specific explanation, such as, with some given values like Tim throws the tennis ball so that it lands 45 feet away and 15 feet from shore, and Elvis can run at 8 feet/sec and swim at 3 feet/sec. Thank you. Jay J. Answer: Though we can not provide such clear answers on the problem, we think some informative explanations to it can be found on Ivars Peterson's MathTrek, specifically here. There are several more references to the problem at the bottom of the page. Posted: February 5, 2007
 141  Connecting 12 Dots with 5 Lines Question: i'm having trouble with a puzzle similar to the 9 dot puzzle it looks like this * * * * * * * * * * * * i have to connect all 12 of those dots with 5 lines with out lifting up my pencil AND starting in the same place....help me? i know this isn't really one of your puzzles...but maybe you could help me and add this to your list of puzzles? Meeki L. Answer: This message has inspired us to include the problem into our Puzzle Playground sector. You can find it here. Thank you! For more information on the Dots Puzzle Family, read Item #065. Posted: February 5, 2007
 140  A Riddle About Nothing Question: What is greater than God, More evil than the devil, The poor have it, The rich need it, And if you eat it, you'll die? Bob H. Answer: The most widely-used answer to this riddle is NOTHING. Posted: November 2, 2006
 139  A Couple of Language Equations Question: Could you help me with these Language Equations 8 N in an O 640 A in a SM Thanks Jessica S. Answer: Our suggested solutions to these Language Equations would be as follows. 8 N in an O => 8 Notes in an Octave 640 A in a SM => 640 Acres in a Square Mile. For more Language Equations, please take a look at Item #074. Posted: October 1, 2006
 138  A Sheet Full of Numbers? Question: Any suggestion to solve this one? Tx, Sjoerd Answer: Unfortunately, we can not come up with a definite answer to this puzzle right away. But maybe you, our fellow puzzle friends, could help us with this request? We will be very grateful for any your help in this. Posted: October 1, 2006