Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Puzzle Time #1

Solve each of the following puzzles. Many are game related, including the final answer. The answers to some puzzles may be used in subsequent puzzles, so you will need to solve each puzzle in sequence to find the ultimate answer. If you are stuck on one, you may still be able to get the final answer, but you will have fewer clues. Good luck!

1. What am I talking about?

2. In Carcassonne: The City, what is the only tile feature that can possibly score 4 points DURING play?

3. Find the missing word:

4. I am thinking of a number. It is the product of two PRIME numbers. The sum of these three values is 55. What number am I thinking of?

5. The following is a simple sum with all the digits replaced by letters. Figure out what digit is represented by each letter so that the sum is correct. Each letter is the same digit in all places. There is only one answer (clue: I = 2). Then find the word represented by the three digits 037.


6. Find the missing word:


7. Find the missing word in the following table? In place of #2 and #5, use the answers from puzzles #2 and #5, respectively.


8. What is the next number in the following sequence?

981 181 173 363 355 545 537 727 719 909 901 101 93 ?

9. What word can you make with all of the following letters?


10. Find the hidden clue in the following story.

Mr. Weathers sat in his old leather chair smoking his pipe. On the table next to him was a piece of uneaten toast and a butter knife. He wasn't hungry. A noise startled him. He wrenched his head to look. There was nothing there. His mind was playing tricks on him. He stared at the bookshelf across the room through the smoke and the dim light of a single candle. Upon that shelf--next to the lead crystal glasses--was a wooden case. Inside that case was his prize revolver. Tomorrow at sunrise, he planned to shoot his ex-partner for ruining a very lucrative business deal, then stick him in ground forever...

11. What board game contains the answers to #1, #3, and #9?

12. In a game about the Seven Years War, in what symbolic rectangular region is Braunschweig located?

13. What is the ISO Country Code (Internet suffix) of the answer to #11?

FINAL: What game do you get from the answers to #6, #7, #10, #12, #13, #8 and #4?


At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Scurra said...

Hmmm. I've got 9 answers I like, two that seem doubtful (the E&T one especially) and two I can't get. Which isn't quite enough to get the final answer. I ought to go and do some work now really...

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penguinix on the Geek

My answer is 'Diplomacy'.

At 6:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is #5 correctly formulated? I have an answer, but it doesn't involve the number 7 (so there is no word 037). I could post the answer if you want.

I also have answers for #4 and (probably) #8, but they don't seem to have anything to do with a board game (because they're just numbers?).

At 6:18 PM, Blogger ekted said...

Problem 5 was generated with an online utility to make thsoe kinds of problems. The answer is unique.

You'll have to figure out the relationships yourself. You might be able to get the final answer without getting ALL the previous ones.

Feel free to discuss your answers publicly, at the risk of letting someone else figure out the final solution before you. :)

At 7:31 PM, Anonymous Stephen said...

The clue from #6 does not appear to used elsewhere and #5 is used twice. If this intentional?

At 7:54 PM, Anonymous Scurra said...

The answer to #5 is fine (iirc, it is RED.)
Here are the answers I am happy with:
1. Ranger
2. Market
3. ??? (in?)
4. 3 + 13
5. RED
6. Pearl
7. (Black?)
8. ???
9. Windmills
10. Rope
11. Australia
12. ???
13. .au

But I can't do the last bit at all.

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous ibemichael said...


At 9:01 PM, Blogger ekted said...

We have a winner!

At 9:03 PM, Anonymous ibemichael said...

YA! WOOHOO! I never win these things!
ibemichael on BGG as well

At 9:18 PM, Blogger Josh Adelson said...

Okay, obviously the answer to number 8 is "31", but I don't see why.

At 9:36 PM, Blogger ekted said...

Some of the trickier ones:

7. The color and tile name are symmetrical about the center of the table. Once you fill in #5 "red", the "opposite" blank is "temple".

8. The sequence is: reverse all the digits and subtract 8.

FINAL: The final answer "Goldland" has the following things in the game: pearl, temple, rope, spade. The answer AU is the atomic symbol for gold. The 2 numbers 31 and 39 form the BGG id (3139) of the game.

At 7:59 PM, Anonymous Scurra said...

OK, so I misposted #4, and you changed the final clue (from #5 to #6 after I was done working on it, so I didn't notice it had changed.)
What's the answer to #3?

Where I got stuck was thinking that .au was part of the name of the game, and Goldbrau was the only one I could think of. Hey ho.

At 8:02 PM, Blogger ekted said...

#3 is "airplane". I listed all the main words and modes of transportation in 10 Days in Africa except that one.


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