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**badLogic****Member**- Registered: 2012-08-28
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I came across this type of puzzle a while ago. I have done a good bit of searching the web trying to find similar puzzles but no success. So if anyone could help me out with the name of the puzzle (if it even has one) that would be terrific. Excuse my bad paint img. Thanks

image link=i48.tinypic.com/29puerb.png

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**pRo9aMeR****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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EDITED...sorry!

*Last edited by pRo9aMeR (2012-09-02 20:45:58)*

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi pRo9aMeR;

What is up? What do you not think is cool about this? Please be specific.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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For me the link didn't work on its own. But with http:// it did and it was a harmless graphic.

I didn't understand the puzzle at all, but that's another story.

Bob

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi Bob;

I was there too. Seemed harmless enough.

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Explain the puzzle, please

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Hi Agnishom

When the string of letters "enters" one of the boxes, it does something something to it. You need to figure out what each box does and find out what the string of letters in the lower right hand side corner will look like.

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**pRo9aMeR****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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My apologies...I've seen some unwanted things posted with this similar url so I was a bit hesitant. Sorry for jumping to conclusions badLogic!

EDIT spelling!

*Last edited by pRo9aMeR (2012-09-02 22:35:14)*

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi pRo9aMeR;

No problem, the warning is appreciated. Better safe than sorry.

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**pRo9aMeR****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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I've been staring at this puzzle for about a week now...I have no idea how to get the answer.

I'd say this type of puzzle is called "confusing"

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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I think Stefy's post 7 is the right way to do this. But, you'd need lots more evidence to be sure of a '100% correct' answer.

Meanwhile, we are still stuck over a name for the type of puzzle ......

Bob

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**pRo9aMeR****Member**- Registered: 2012-07-28
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I understand that something happens to the string of letters in the boxes, but I have no idea what happens to them.

If I just make up a name for it, I'd name it "cross-parrallel function puzzle"...at least that's the first thing that came to my mind.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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As for the name, I would suggest looking on the "Puzzle" page on Wikipedia, which has a clasified list of types of puzzles on its right.

*Last edited by anonimnystefy (2012-09-11 02:00:54)*

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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As each rule-box affects more than one group, I think that if we can find rules that succeed then they're probably the ones set by the author.

Here's a graphic of the puzzle with valid rules and their application.

*Last edited by phrontister (2012-09-11 20:10:46)*

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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The OP's post appears on a couple of other forums and the conclusion seems to be that this type of puzzle may be called 'diagrammatic reasoning'. From what I saw about them on the net they're mainly used in job aptitude testing.

They vary greatly in design, but here's an image of one that is along similar lines to the OP's. I haven't tried to solve it yet, but it looks interesting!

*Last edited by phrontister (2012-09-13 10:53:54)*

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Ok...I think I solved my puzzle.

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