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Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 1

Each of the following sets of letters can be made into a real word by adding three letters to the beginning, and the same three letters in the same order to the end.

For example, ANGLEM can have ENT added at the start and the end to become ENT + ANGLEM + ENT = ENTANGLEMENT.

ERTAINM
ISCOVE
ROW
IOXID
ROCOS

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[Ref: ZTVA] © Elliott Line
This puzzle appeared in Mensa's EnigmaSig (203.08) and is used with permission.
 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 2

Using the BrainTracker grid below, how many words can you find? Each word must contain the central P and no letter can be used twice, however, the letters do not have to be connected. Proper nouns are not allowed, however, plurals are. Can you find the nine letter word?

Excellent: 25 words. Good: 18 words. Average: 13 words.

BrainTracker Image

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[Ref: ZSWU] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 3

What is represented by this BrainBat?

      P
      U
      R
P U R P O S E S
      O
      S
      E
      S

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[Ref: ZZPV] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: HardPuzzle 4

Your objective is to place some diagonal 'mirrors' into the grid.

If a ray of light is shone in to the grid from each of the letters, and allowed to bounce off the internal diagonal mirrors, each will exit the grid at the twin of the letter that it entered the grid. For example, a ray entering at either letter D will bounce off some mirrors and exit the grid at the other letter D.

Each row and each column will contain exactly two of the diagonal mirrors.

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[Ref: ZBTC] © Elliott Line
This puzzle appeared in Mensa's EnigmaSig (196.26) and is used with permission.
 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 5

Last weekend I travelled to my sister's house in Glasgow, around 250 miles away. I started on Saturday morning at 7am, traffic was heavy in places, and at times I was stationary. I arrived sometime after lunch.

On Sunday, it was time to make my way home, over exactly the same route. I left my sister's at exactly the same time, 7am, however, this time I came straight home without any travel delays, arriving home just before lunch.

How likely is it that I was at exactly the same point at exactly the same time on both days?

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[Ref: ZGAI] Copyrighted. 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 6

What is represented by this BrainBat?

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[Ref: ZYTG]  



Difficulty: MediumPuzzle 7

SheepBelow are six animals that have been split. Take a set of three letters from the left column, and a set of three letters from the right column and merge them together again, without changing the order of the letters in each half. Matching sets will not necessarily be on the same row.

For example WMB + OAT and OAT + WMB both equal WOMBAT as the order of the letters OAT, and WMB remain the same. For another example, RABBIT could become RBT + ABI.

CYO ARU
WLS DNE
EAR FEE
OKY OTE
RRT JAR
AGU BVE

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[Ref: ZIFY] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 8

What is represented by this BrainBat?

  C
CAVE

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[Ref: ZSDS] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: EasyPuzzle 9

The BrainBashers safe has a rather unusual control panel. In order to open the safe you have to press every single button once only, in the correct sequence, ending on the button marked E.

Each button clearly states which button to press next, for example, 2U means move up 2 buttons and 3R means move right 3 buttons.

Can you determine which button you must start with?

2R

2R

4D

2D

1R

2D

E

2R

1U

3R

2D

1U

4L

3L

1U

1R

4R

2D

1U

2D

2U

3U

5R

2D

3L

1U

3L

2U

2D

2U

2L

2L

1U

2D

1D

3U

2R

1D

2R

1U

2U

6L

6R

3U

2R

2L

1U

2L

2U

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[Ref: ZCBS] © Kevin Stone 



Difficulty: V.HardPuzzle 10

These words can all have a letter added and then be rearranged to make a new 5-letter word, e.g. noun union NOUN + I = UNION.

The 7 added letters are an anagram of a 7-letter word. What is the 7-letter word, and what are the new words?

MAIL
EXIT
GOSH
CITY
NEWT
DENY
MINI

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[Ref: ZQUH] © Kevin Stone 



 

 



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