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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I am adding a lot of new puzzles by Stephen Froggatt (a retired teacher). Here is the first batch.

Have fun, and let me know how you got on (and if you find anything amiss) ... !

Blockslide

Making Ends Meet

Alphabet Spaghetti

Open The Safe

Game For A Half

It Must Be Matchic

Toast

Path Plodding Puzzle

Thinking Chocolate

Gurmit The Hermit

Calendar Confusion

Circling The Square

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi MIF

I like those. The hermit puzzle is classical Fermi question.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MIF;

Circling the square problem I believe is correct. Would you consider mentioning that geogebra can create these shapes and make this problem easier to solve than by cutting.

In the solution you might try putting a picture of the answer which makes a convincing display.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Oh, btw, if matchsticks are of the same length then the solution to that puzzle is incorrect!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

In the Path Plodding Puzzle another route is

start, finish, F, C, G, start, C, B, A, D,F,E,A, finish.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Wonderful. Included your circles diagram, bobby, and mentioned GeoGebra, thanks. And included your Path Plodding Puzzle solution.

Also mentioned matches don't have to be same length, thanks anonimnystefy.

Will post more puzzles when I can.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MIF;

Thanks, those are very nice puzzles.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.**

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Another lot of wonderful puzzles:

Christmas Pudding

Magic Square 111

Horace and the Doughnut

Lemonink

Chain Reaction

Catastrophe

Baffling Bath Water

And Mint Sauce

Order! Order!

The Change Will Do You Good

Do Not Pay Any Less, Mrs Mess

Take Your Time

A Perfect Match

Hilda The Builder

Peas Galore

How Old is Granny

What Is The Answer

Sticker-bility

Time For T

Farmer Factor

The Booklet Puzzle

The End Of Year Party

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsIsFun;

For the "Sticker-bility" puzzle your help solution is correct and there is only one solution to it.

But if you did not give any help then there are 74 solutions to the puzzle below. In case someone mentions that.

Of course that result can be rigorously obtained, but who cares?

Combinatorics is Algebra and Algebra is Combinatorics.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi MathsIsFun,

Thanks for the puzzles. I'm still working through.

I've got to "It Must Be Matchic Puzzle"

Couldn't you have six equal matches in a tetrahedral format ?

"Hilda the Builder"

You could re-word this to ask for the least number of bricks. That way, just one answer.

But

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Thanks bobby and bob.

(Don't leave us in suspense bob, "But...")

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi MathsIsFun,

(Don't leave us in suspense bob, "But...")

???

Sorry, but what are you awaiting?

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi MIF

I like the second batch as well.

Hi Bob

Both solutions to the Matchic puzzle seem acceptable, but only with that wording and solution is it an original puzzle.

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