Friday, April 17, 2015

A Logical Combination

A Leap of Logic 2
In our first post on logic puzzles we looked at some very simple ideas of logic, we learned about inference and deduction and some of the ways they might be applied. We looked common pitfalls in logical thinking and of course we learned how to avoid them. In this post we will begin to explore the different kinds of logic puzzle that can be found, and start to apply the things we have learned.

If This is Logic Then That is a Solution

A Leap of Logic 1
Recently, Logic Puzzles have been in the news and depending on your point of view, it may have been for all the right, or all the wrong reasons. In this new series of blog posts we begin to explore the fascinating world of logic puzzles, why they both are, and aren't maths puzzles and of course why that statement is completely illogical.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Counting Chestnuts

Old Chestnuts 2
In the second of our series of posts looking at the old chestnuts of puzzling, we learn a valuable lesson about number puzzles and enjoy a couple of classic puzzles that are just crying out 'mathematics', and whispering 'lies'. So break out the calculators and grab a pencil and paper as we jump headfirst into the snowdrift that is number puzzles.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

The Old Chestnuts
There are some puzzles we just don't normally touch on Wandering Puzzler, mainly because most puzzle fans have seen them before. However, like in any field of study there are things that can be learned from the classics. Join us this Christmas as we take a look a puzzles past and see what we can learn.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thinking Further Outside The Box

Driving You Dotty
Part Two

In the last lateral thinking post we started to look at how to think outside the box and tackled a puzzle in different ways to get increasingly elegant solutions. Today we explore three more solutions that require further stretches of the imagination.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Thinking Outside The Box

Driving You Dotty
Part One
Recently I went on a departmental training and bonding trip to Northamptonshire. On the first night I performed in a scheduling based micro-musical with songs based on the works of Abba. The evening was filled with singing and dancing, getting to know our colleagues from London who we rarely get the chance to meet.

What has this got to do with lateral thinking, well think a little outside the box and I will show you.

Saturday, June 07, 2014

Types of Puzzle

Puzzle Classification
Part 1
 Well back in 2012 we took a look at what defined a puzzle, we decided after some experimentation that it was all in the method. A question commands an answer from memory or from a given method. A puzzle asks you to find the method yourself.

Today we begin the epic task of sorting all of the hundreds of type of puzzles into categories.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Christmas Investigations: The Crystal Maze Explaination

Christmas Investigations
Part Six
In the third and final of our Christmas investigations I left you pondering the problem of prisoners. In particular how to decide when it is better to release your locked in comrades in the game show The Crystal Maze.

How do you decide whether to release one of your locked-in teammates?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

The Christmas Investigations - Adventure Game: Part Two

Christmas Investigations
Part Five
In our Christmas Investigation into The Adventure Game we visited Arg and tried to learn a little something about their culture, their ways of thinking and, most importantly, their currency. The task I set was a simple one:

How can you pay for your ticket home with the exact change.

Friday, March 14, 2014

The Christmas Investigations - Turnabout: Part Two

Christmas Investigations
Part Four
In the first of our Christmas Investigations we examined the strategic word game, Turnabout and tried to get to grips with its complex scoring method. We tried out The Sphere Game and The Star Game and in this post we'll aim to answer the first Christmas Investigation:

What is the maximum score on a Turnabout grid, and how can it achieved?

Friday, January 03, 2014

The Christmas Investigations - Crystal Maze

Christmas Investigations
Part Three
In the third of our Christmas Investigations we take a look at one of of the most popular game shows in the UK. Based on the French game show Fort Boyard; The Crystal Maze is a show everyone remembers fondly, the question is:

How do you decide when it is in your teams favour to buy someone out?

Friday, December 27, 2013

The Christmas Investigations - The Adventure Game

Christmas Investigations
Part Two
In our second Christmas Investigation we travel to Arg, the planet featured in the classic BBC game show - The Adventure Game. We'll tackle some multi stage lateral thinking puzzles before we get down to the serious business of money and tackle a mathematical problem with a difference.

Can you decipher the hidden values of the Argond currency?

Monday, December 23, 2013

The Christmas Investigations - Turnabout

Christmas Investigations
Part One
Delve into a world of word puzzles and strategic thinking in the first of my Christmas Investigations. We look at the different word games featured in Turnabout before exploring the strategic play of the sphere game.

What is the maximum score on a Turnabout grid, and how can it achieved?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Never A Crossed Word

Cryptic Crosswords
Part Sixteen

We have reached the end, well, almost the end, of our tour through the world of cryptic crosswords. Before we hang up our pencils for a while, we just have the small matter of three clues to fill in.

Friday, November 15, 2013

Just Plain Cryptic

Cryptic Crosswords
Part Fifteen
So we have been looking at cryptic crosswords for some considerable time without actually solving any cryptic crossword clues. I see the furrowed brow and look of confusion you are pointing in my direction; but I stand by that statement.

The final type of clue we will be looking at in this crossword is the pure cryptic. The most cryptic of all cryptic crossword clues.