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168  The Fishermen Love Me...
167  Getting Two Squares from One
166  73 B. in the B
165  Puzzle Balls
164  Rebuses
163  Walls & Lines - More Variations
162  Soma Cube
161  Ideas on Walls & Lines
160  A Matchstick Puzzle: 9 squares to 3
159  Unicursal Patterns - More
158  Language Equations: Several More
157  Puzzles by BePuzzled
 168  The Fishermen Love Me... Question:  the Fishermen love me but doctors hate me Kids want to eat me. I am 13letter word Who I am? Pl reply Warm rgds, Rajiv Singbal Answer: This is quite a weird riddle. The answer to it widely accepted on the Web is also a little bit weird. It is Chathuringmes - a technical word for sort of worms. Take a look here. Another opinion is that this is one of the unsolvable riddles. Posted: April 5, 2008
 167  Getting Two Squares from One Question: if a boat was hit by a torpedo and left a 2' x 2' hole and the crew did not have enough metal to fix this. so the crew cut a 14' x 12' piece of metal and cut it to fix both holes. how was this done? please send me and answer as soon as possible. this is a question posed to me by a coworker. Stephen Answer: The Magic Square trick in our Puzzle Playground sector can be useful in helping to explain the secret. Posted: March 3, 2008
 166  73 B. in the Bs Question: Hi- I am stumped on the following language equation: 73 B. in the B. Help! Rhodes Answer: ??? If you think you have an answer to this language equation, please, drop us a line. Thank you! Posted: March 3, 2008
 165  Puzzle Balls Question: Hi, I don't know if you can help me, but I will try. I am looking for a puzzle that is not flat, but round. You can put the puzzle together and it makes a round ball. The puzzle is a image or scenery. Can you help? Thanks, Anita Answer: From the description we can conclude these are jigsaw Puzzle Balls. They are manufactured by Ravensburger. Some examples of Puzzle Balls can be found at AllJigsawPuzzles.co.uk, JigsawGallery.com or BestQualityToys.com. Posted: March 3, 2008
 164  Rebuses Question: I have a puzzle I can not solve. It is a word/mind puzzle. Ex: If you write the letters li over the letter s you get li on s which could mean lioness. Well this one is a square drawn on a paper with the letters ep(f) written in the middle. No one can figure it out. Any clue as to the meaning? And what are these kinds of puzzles called? Thanks so much, Laura Answer: Such puzzles are called rebuses. Unfortunately, we cannot answer the second rebus from this message, but links to some places where such a rebus can probably (?) be found are collected in Item #112. Posted: November 1, 2007
 163  Walls & Lines - More Variations Question: Hello I'm having a terrible time to answer the following puzzle. attached is the template to the puzzle. The goal is to pass each wall only once with a line. including the ones inside (marked by a line). I have tried all approaches but have failed as i always have one side that cannot be cut. Although there might be a trick. the person that gave it to me assured me there are no going through the corners nor any outside interference. Thank you Krystian Answer: This challenge is one more variation on the "classic" Walls & Lines challenge which is described in Item #032. Unfortunately, the puzzle cannot be solved in a straightforward way. After Martin Gardner it can be proved in the following way: <> At the same time there are some interesting ideas about how such puzzle can be solved in an out-of-the-box approach. Some of them are presented in Item #161. Posted: November 1, 2007
 162  Soma Cube Question: BACK IN OR AROUND 1969 PARKER BROTHERS HAD A PUZZLE CUBE CALLED SOMA. DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND A SOMA OR A REPLICA OF THIS PUZZLE? PREFERABLY PLASTIC. THIS CUBE CONSISTED OF SEVEN PIECES WHICH COULD MADE INTO A CUBE (3X3) OR DOZENS OF OTHER GEOMETRIC SHAPES. PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE ANY IDEA WHERE I CAN FIND THIS. THANK YOU! Answer: We've gathered some interesting information about the puzzle in a special Soma Cube page Also, Thorleif's SOMA Page, a comprehensive resource on Soma cube puzzle, contains a special "Where to buy SOMA's" section. Posted: July 31, 2007
161  Ideas on Walls & Lines
Comment: The well-known Walls & Lines puzzle is a rectangular figure consisting of five rooms. The object is to draw a continuous line through the rooms crossing over each wall only once (please, see Item #032). A straightforward proof clearly illustrates the puzzle is insoluble. But like with any other similar "impossible" puzzles there are always attempts to overcome the rules somehow and find a kind of out-of-the-box solution. From time to time we receive innovative points of view about this puzzle and how it can be solved in a non-standard way. Some of these ideas are presented below.

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Answer: If accepted, the approach shown above can be considered one of the most ingenious so far regarding the possible solutions to the puzzle.

Idea: Just an observation you or your visitors may appreciate.

there is a logic problem that goes like this: draw a square, divide in half horizontally, divide the top half in to two equal parts with a vertical line, then divide the bottom portion into 3 equal portions with 2 vertical lines.

the task is to draw a continues line through all lines without ever crossing your own line or crossing any line two times. The problem is presented on this sight. Now according to conventional logic this problem seems impossible because line always needs an entry and exit but there are an odd number of spaces and an odd number of segments in three of them.

The real difficulty here is that an assumption is made, creating an unwritten rule. This unwritten rule, this self imposed limitation forces the problem solver to focus on the problem, NOT THE SOLUTION. By recognizing the problem (NOT FOCUSING ON IT) - a long line cannot enter and leave each space enough times without making an illegal crossing- we can find the solution. The solution is this: use a very wide marker of brush and cross the entire box in one diagonal line. All stated conditions are met, the problem is circumvented and the solution is found. Clearly this is not the intended answer, but it is indisputable.