Simon has been fascinated by these possible-impossible puzzles (that he picked up from the MajorPrep channel) for a couple of days. He prepared many paper visuals so that Dad and I could try solving them. This morning he produced this beautiful piece of design:

# Tag Archives: math puzzles

# One more of Simon’s impossible puzzles

Simon made this puzzle for me to solve… Except that it’s impossible. The objective is to move 5 so that no other number would be “lonely” (no longer adjascent to another number along the x or the y axis) :

# Simon entertaining guests with math riddles

# A quiz full of fun tricks

Simon got these from the Scam School channel.

I first only got a strip paper with a sequence of green sticks written on it, separated by comas. Simon did tell me those were pieces of numbers, the way they appear on a calculator screen, and that I was supposed to comolete the sequence. I tried to give this one a shot. To stop the waiting that began to seem eternal he eventually gave me the answer: the green sticks were everything BUT the numbers! Below you see the competed version:

Here, too, one is supposed to continue the sequence of numbers written in a column. You see the pattern?

Here too, come up with the next character:

See the pattern now?

The next one is hilarious! Rearrange the letters below to write ONE WORD:

And in the last puzzle, the nine words used to have something in common, but now it’s just eight of them.

If you get stuck with any of these, leave a plea for help in the comments!

# Archemedes Puzzle

Simon showing the Archimedes puzzle he made himself to his Russian grandmom. Archimedes had created a colorless version of this puzzle, but Simon decided to add colors and use the Four Color Theorem (stating that any map is possible to color with four or fewer colors without two identical colors being adjacent) to help himself solve this murderously challenging puzzle.