These puzzles are really fun, and they’re
really educational too. Play the paper and pencil version, or
invite your students to play our interactive online version. This
should also be a weekly regular for your students! Click the
section header to view this week’s Logic Puzzle of the Week, and
to play if you wish.
Jack and Cindy just got married! On their wedding day, they had four
bridesmaids and four ushers in the wedding party. Instead being
traditional and choosing a single color for their attire, the happy
couple chose five different colors. Each bridesmaid wore a different
color dress and each usher’s tuxedo had a cumber bun and bowtie that
matched one of the bridesmaids’ dresses...
For Tim’s birthday, his mother brought him and three friends to the
local arcade for an evening on fun and games. The boys spent the
evening competing with each other for the highest scores on their
favorite arcade games, all of them classic older games. Determine the
full name of each friend, each friend’s favorite arcade game, and the
game on which each friend achieved the highest score.
Four people were very busy in the kitchen this afternoon. Each decided
to make fresh cookies to go with dinner and so set right to work,
mixing up the cookies from scratch. Unfortunately, each ran out of a
major ingredient before the batch was finished and had to make an
emergency run to the grocery store...
Four friends took an interior decorating class together, all with
great plans to redo one room in their respective houses. By some twist
in fate, each not only picked a different room to redo, but a
different color and style scheme as well. Determine the name of each
friend, what room each planned to redo, and what would be the main
colors and theme of each redone room.
This is the season for the Triple Crown races – the highlight of the
year for everyone interested in horse racing, both fans and sportsmen
alike. The three races - the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness, and the
Belmont – have only been won by the same horse nine times in over 100
years of events. For this year’s race, there were four popular horses
signed up to run in the Kentucky Derby...
Sara loves baseball so for her birthday, her family gave her tickets
for this weekend’s major baseball league game. She went with a friend,
the weather was hot and sunny, but she had good seats with a great
view of the game. Both teams played very well with some exceptional
hits and plays. Determine the full names of four of the players, the
position each played, and each player’s best hit of the game...
Four friends participated in July’s day camp program this summer.
Their parents would drop them off at the lakefront each morning and
pick them up at suppertime each evening. The morning activity was a
water sport of their choice and then the afternoon activity was a
different non-water sport of their choice. As it happened, the friends
all chose different activities during the day, though they still saw
each other during lunch...
Sally is terribly confused. It’s her first day of high school and
she’s feeling very overwhelmed. Moving from class to class had seemed
easy yesterday during freshman orientation with kids on every corner
to help direct her. Now, the hallways were full of kids rushing
around, yelling to each other and distracting her with the exuberance.
With no willing students to help direct her, she’d gotten lost twice
already and it wasn’t even lunchtime yet. To top off her problems,
she’d dropped her notebook and now had to scramble to get everything
together again. She needs your help to get her class schedule straight
Since Jeremy and his friends now had more apples than they could
possibly eat, they needed to find ways to use them up. So each friend
hit the cookbooks and started busily baking (it's remarkable how many
yummy recipes there are for apples!). As it happens, each friend did
such a good job making one recipe, that it was forever after their
specialty. Fortunately for them, each one had a different specialty...
Four people from different companies stopped at Tony's for lunch
yesterday. They'd heard about this fabulous new sandwich shop and
opted to give it a try. While each worked for a different company, the
four had been friends for years and so stayed to eat lunch together at
Tony's shop, rather than returning to work to eat alone. Determine the
name of the company each friend worked for, the type of sandwich and
the bread each ordered, and what each friend had to drink...
Five neighbors, who happened to also be very good friends, were
chatting at the annual neighborhood barbecue on Saturday night and
discovered some startling news. By some strange coincidence, all five
of them were starting new jobs during the following week and each was
starting on a different day, in a different position, and in a
GridWorks are one of the newest logical puzzle concepts nowadays. Now
you can play them directly in our interactive version - four
challenges each month.
The goal of the puzzle is to place the nine colored tokens on the 3x3
grid in a pattern so that each token appears only once in the gird and
so that the final pattern matches the clues given in each GridWorks
Don needed to replace his old car. So he figured out his budget and
spent a month looking at new cars and used cars at different
dealerships. At the end of the month, he had narrowed his options down
to five possible cars. He was very surprised when he realized that his
final five choices were all from different manufacturers. Determine
the make and type of each car on his final list, the price of each
car, and the color of each car.
Gabriel’s Tavern. Gabriel had started it many years ago to give his
Friday night business a boost and it had grown to become a very
successful and respected event. Bands, comedians, singers, the event
drew talented people from all areas of entertainment, hoping to make a
name for themselves. Talent scouts from the city had even started
attending the event because of the quality of entertainers that
Gabriel’s open mike night attracted...
Steven is a big motorcycle enthusiast and travels all over the country
to attend motorcycle rallies. This past weekend, there was a large one
in Indiana that he and three friends attended. Since each of them was
coming from a different location in the United States, they made plans
to meet at the rally the day before it started, so they’d have a
little extra time to visit together. Steven was the first to arrive,
he checked into the hotel and settled down at the local diner, which
is where they all agreed to meet, to wait for the rest. He didn’t beat
any of them by much, and they had a great lunch together while
catching up on each other’s latest news...
Baseball season has begun! Already five teams are showing real promise
for having a great season this year. Both fans and analysts are
already speculating how well these teams will do. However, a couple of
the teams had a bumpy week - one team had some pitching problems and
lost more games than they won. Another team played the most games
during the week because they ended up playing a double-header (two
games in one day against the same team) to make up for an earlier game
that was rained out, but they did have the home team advantage for the
There’s a big jar in Mr. Elliot’s Sweet Ecstasy candy shop, in
downtown Millersville. The jar is filled to bursting with M&Ms in a
rainbow of colors. There’s a small sign before the jar which reads,
“Take a guess! The one closest to the number of M&Ms in the jar by
Saturday night wins the whole jarful!” His jar of M&Ms has been the
favorite subject of discussion all week in Mrs. Field’s class.
Finally, she suggested that the class take a scientific approach and
try to figure out how many M&Ms were in the jar by running a series of
Five couples from the Millersville Country Club have planned a
European vacation this summer. Each couple plans to tour a different
country and though each is visiting for a different length of time,
they’re all leaving on the same day. Determine the full name of each
couple, what European country they’re visiting, and how many days they
were on vacation...