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011  Jigsaw Puzzles
010  Making Crossword Puzzles
009  Crosswords at Puzzles.COM
008  Summertime - Puzzletime
007  Dinosaur vs. Dragon
006  Man Walking Home - MC1
005  The H Puzzle
004  Having Trouble
003  Magic Proportions
002  The Six Pennies
001  Collating the Coins
 012  Pencil Illusion Question: Pencil Illusion... This was cool. I showed it to my family and they liked it a lot. By the way how can I do this with real pencils? An. Answer: Pencil Illusion is just a cool modern illusion you can play on the screen, and it can't be performed with real pencils.
011  Jigsaw Puzzles
For publications about jigsaw puzzles and their history contact Anne Williams, email: puzzles@bates.edu.

Question: I need help on a jigsaw puzzle. What's the best way to start one?
A.

Answer: We describe just an approximate way suitable for solving of most popular, "standard" rectangle jigsaw puzzles. With some corrections it may be easy extended for almost all kinds of jigsaw puzzles, however.

A "standard" classic jigsaw puzzle is a rectangle picture cut into some number of pieces - figure that has four straight edges with the straight corners between the respective neighboring edges. All this means there are a good portion of the pieces in the entire set which have one or two straight sides. Those of them that have only one straight side should form edges of the puzzle, and those that have two straight sides (with 90 degree corner between them) should belong to its corners. As far as rectangle has four straight corners, there should be exactly four pieces with the two straight sides. Find them in the set! There should not be any significant problems to do it. Of course, they won't tell you their respective positions, but now you know they will make the corners of you picture.

The number of the pieces with only one straight side depends on the puzzle's sizes and a total number of pieces. Separate all such pieces from the rest of the set. These pieces together with the four corner ones should form a rectangle frame. Apparently, every straight side of such a piece has to belong to the picture's edges. What means that only these pieces have access to the edges of the picture - all the remaining pieces will have their places within this frame. Thus your aim on this stage is to create this frame. Patterns and the outlines of the pieces you selected for the frame should help you in this task.

After the frame is completed, its inner outline and a part of the entire pattern that this frame contains, should help you to add several extra pieces to the picture aiming to form the next one-piece frame within a first frame, and so get a new, wider frame with a rectangle outline.

Repeating this process based on logic, patterns, outlines and intuition you finally will be successful with the entire puzzle.

Often while solving jigsaw puzzle you can discover pieces that definitely fit one with another, though you still don't know how and where they should fit into the whole picture. It's very useful to connect such pieces together and keep them separately as some kind of "bigger pieces". Once you find where such "bigger pieces" should go in the picture, you simply put them there.
Question: I just recently joined Puzzles.com and I was wondering if there was any jigsaw puzzles that could be put together for fun on this site. Thank you.
Michelle

Answer: Currently we have no classic kind of jigsaw puzzles at our site. But we have our plans to present some cool sites about jigsaw puzzles, and, perhaps, some jigsaw puzzles as well.
Question: you should have more puzzles like jigsaw puzzles!!! well gtg c-ya l8r!!!
Samantha

Answer: Our site is dedicated more to other types of puzzles than jigsaws. At the same time we provide some links to other jigsaw resources on the Web from our site. You can find a collection of such items at Puzzle Help Direct Links page - in the "Jigsaws" subsection.
Modified: March 16, 2006
 008  Summertime - Puzzletime Text: hey guys, I think your website is wonderful and it keeps me busy in the summer !!!!!!! Thanks lots!!!! George C. Answer: We at Puzzles.COM are extremely pleased to hear that you like our site so much! Thanks, George!
 007  Dinosaur vs. Dragon Question: My friend printed a dinosaur from your website. She cut and assemble the dino and when you move your head from side to side, the dino will seem to be moving. Can i have the exact URL? Thanks!  Jeslyn Answer: We suppose that your friend printed the Dragon Optical Illusion from this page.
 006  Man Walking Home - MC1 Question: A man leaves office daily at 7pm. A driver with car comes from his home to pick him from office and bring back home.  One day he gets free at 5:30 and instead of waiting for driver he starts walking towards home. In the way he meets the car and returns home on car. He reaches home 20 minutes earlier than usual. In how much time does the man reach home usually?? Jilsy Mini-Contest 1 is Finished We put Jilsy's challenge in our Puzzle Help section to see if somebody of our visitors will know the solution to it, and we even made it as our first mini-contest. Now we'd like propose this contest's results, and with this our first mini-contest is finished. Contest Results We got just two answers:  1. The person comes home at 9:30 pm.  2. The man reaches home at 7:00 because the car would have been on its way before seven to get him and it meets him half way. (This statement that the car meets the man half way isn't correct - please note that the description to the puzzle just says: "In the way he meets the car and returns home on car.") Anyway, as you may have noticed this is a very stubborn puzzle, and it really is!! Actually this task about the man-walking-home hasn't just one solution but many! We can't calculate exactly when the man reaches his home usually; it depends on how far from his home he's working. Theoretically it doesn't depend even on the car's speed. The only thing we may calculate exactly is that the man meets his driver at 6:50 pm. Why? That's because that day the man reached home 20 minutes earlier, thus the car was on its way 10 minutes lesser toward the office and 10 minutes lesser back home, and therefore picked up the man 10 minutes before 7pm. There is a number of different solutions with different variations of speeds (of the man and his car) and distances from the office to the man's home. Of course, we may find some more or less realistic solutions, but just when we take some exact value for the man speeds at least. And finally we would like to say that our winners for this very unusual puzzle with the ambiguous solution are the visitors who sent in both mentioned answers. Unfortunately, they didn't give their names, so we show just the left parts of their e-mail addresses: 1. Imhungryplzfeed. 2. vze2vg5x.
 005  The H Puzzle Question: Looked at the M puzzle and the T puzzle. Do you know where I can find an H puzzle?  Louise G. Answer: Please see here.
003  Magic Proportions
Question: I don't understand how to play "Magic Proportions".
Thu T.

Answer: In fact, the Magic Proportions puzzle is a kind of a magic square, but with a difference. In a standard magic square you have to get the same sums in every row, column and each of the two main diagonals. In the Magic Proportions puzzle you have to get different sums in rows and columns. And these sums for the first, second and third rows have to be in proportion 1:2:3. At the same time sums in the first, second and third columns have to be in the same proportion 1:2:3 too.

We provided this puzzle with a special Flash grid which allows to put ANY of the nine numbers from 0 through 8 in ANY cell of the grid. Just click any cell of the grid and you will see some number in it. Click at the cell until some number you want to place in this cell finally appears.

But you may use a simple 3x3 grid on the paper, and fill in its cells with nine different numbers 0 through 8, using every of them just once, and getting the 1:2:3 proportions for its rows and columns.
Question: Where can I find the solution to the Magic Proportions puzzle?
Rhonda M.

 002  The Six Pennies Question: I'm emailing you about The Six Pennies Puzzle. The solution you have on your web page is not the most efficient one. It only takes two moves, not three. The solution is as follows. Daniel B. Question: It can be done in just 2 moves all the requirements remaining the same.... Anamika A. Answer: Unfortunately, such a solution in two moves is wrong. Please note that the description to the puzzle says: "A move consists of sliding one coin to a new position, where the moved coin has to touch two other coins." In the solution with just two moves it's impossible to slide (!) coin 5 between coins 3 and 6 without moving at least one of them; the gap between coins 3 and 6 is too small for coin 5.
001  Collating the Coins
Question: Hi, i just thought i'd let you know that my friend taught me this puzzle and it can actually be solved in three moves, rather than four. rather than try to explain, i've attached a document with the solution as pictures.

by the way i love your puzzles! they give me hours of amusement, thanks.
Claire

Answer: Unfortunately your solution is wrong in its third move, because you move two coins of the same size. Please note that the description to the puzzle says: "A move consists of placing the tips of the first and second fingers on any two touching coins, always of the different sizes, then..."
Question: On your Collating The Coins puzzle, move number three would involve having to switch the left coin to the right and the right coin to the left - according to the diagram - which is against the rules. The puzzle can be solved in four moves, but not like that.
Andrew

Answer: Actually the 3rd move is correct there. The coins in the pair are not switched while moving - orange one remains left, while grey one remains right. The arrow showing the move points into the middle of the pair, not to its side. Moreover the mutual positions of other coins are kept. Thus, the move is correct.
Question: I believe you can solve this puzzle in three moves. Step 1: Move the third and fourth coins to the left of the first coin. Step 2: Move the second and third coins to the right of the fourth coin. Step 3: Move the last two coins to the second and third positions. Done.
C.M.T.

Answer: Unfortunately, your solution is wrong in its third move, because you move two coins of the same size. Please note that the description to the puzzle says: "A move consists of placing the tips of the first and second fingers on any two touching coins, always of the different sizes, then..."
Modified: June 22, 2006
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