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Puzzle 1

Complete this grid with the digits 1 to 6 to make the sum correct.
Perform each mathematical operation in the order shown, from left to right, e.g. 1 + 2 x 3 is treated as (1 + 2) x 3 = 9.
Note: there is no ÷ 1, and at no point is a decimal or fraction used.

[Ref: ZXLN] © Kevin Stone

Hint: The first number is 2.

Answer:

Puzzle 2

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

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

Hint: MIC + ROCOS + MIC = MICROCOSMIC

Answer: ENT + ERTAINM + ENT = ENTERTAINMENT
RED + ISCOVE + RED = REDISCOVERED
ING + ROW + ING = INGROWING
ANT + IOXID + ANT = ANTIOXIDANT
MIC + ROCOS + MIC = MICROCOSMIC

Puzzle 3

Can you complete these 5-letter words?

.S.G.
..R.F
.ZU..
E..X.
.P..C
..LN.
.W..M
...JO
Q...A
.V.K.
I..H.
.B.Y.
..DT.

[Ref: ZCIV] © Kevin Stone

Hint: One of words begins with the letter S.

Answer:
.S.G. >> USAGE
..R.F >> SERIF
.ZU.. >> AZURE
E..X. >> EPOXY
.P..C >> OPTIC
..LN. >> KILNS
.W..M >> SWARM
...JO >> BANJO
Q...A >> QUOTA
.V.K. >> EVOKE
I..H. >> ITCHY
.B.Y. >> OBEYS
..DT. >> WIDTH

Puzzle 4

Complete the grid such that every row and column contains the digits 1 to 6.
All squares that are connected contain the same digit.

[Ref: ZBQB] © Johan de Ruiter Visit www.puzzlepicnic.com for more Staircases Puzzles.

Hint: Start with the three connected squares that contain the third column on the bottom row.

Answer:

Puzzle 5

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

[Ref: ZCBS] © Kevin Stone

Hint: Start anywhere and see which squares are missing.

Answer: Start from the 2R on the sixth row down and second column across.

Puzzle 6

How many squares have been placed in the drawing below?

[Ref: ZKPU] © Kevin Stone

Hint: There are fewer than 20 squares.

Answer: 18 squares.

In the solution below you can see 6 squares in the middle, with another 12 squares around the outside.

Puzzle 7

What is represented by this BrainBat?

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

[Ref: ZZPV]

Answer: Crossed purposes or dual purposes.

Puzzle 8

Below are five book titles.
Each title has had the spaces replaced with extra letters, plus extra letters at the end.
The number of extra letters added equals the length of the previous word. Punctuation has then been added.
For example:
BOOK TITLE >> BOOK****TITLE***** >> BOO, KNIGHT. IT LEAPT UP!
Can you find the titles?

ROME OR OSLO? ANDREW, JULIE, TO VISIT.
WARM TOO FEW, THE SUBWORLD SNEEZES
AN I MALE? MYSELF, ARM, AND I?
GO NEXT, GO! WITHOUT OTHER I DWINDLE. GO!
WATER. SHIP, BOAT. STORM! DOWN SINK!
BRAVERY IN A NEW AGE, WORLD'S HOPE.

[Ref: ZZEC] © Kevin Stone

Hint: Try removing the spaces and punctuation.

Answer: ROME OR OSLO? ANDREW, JULIE, TO VISIT.
ROMEO ROSLO AND REW JULIET OVISIT
> ROMEO AND JULIET
WARM TOO FEW, THE SUBWORLD SNEEZES
WAR MTO OF EW THE SUB WORLDS NEEZES
> WAR OF THE WORLDS
AN I MALE? MYSELF, ARM, AND I?
ANIMAL EMYSEL FARM ANDI
> ANIMAL FARM
GO NEXT, GO! WITHOUT OTHER I DWINDLE. GO!
GONE XTGO WITH OUTO THE RID WIND LEGO
> GONE WITH THE WIND
WATER. SHIP, BOAT. STORM! DOWN SINK!
WATERSHIP BOATSTORM DOWN SINK
> WATERSHIP DOWN
BRAVERY IN A NEW AGE, WORLD'S HOPE.
BRAVE RYINA NEW AGE WORLD SHOPE
> BRAVE NEW WORLD

Puzzle 9

Can you find the sum of the second column?

[Ref: ZNWN] © Kevin Stone

Answer: 14.
You don't have to find the value of every symbol. The rows add up to 80, and this will be the sum of every symbol in the grid. 23 + 18 + 24 + 15 = 80.
Therefore the columns must also add to 80, making the missing column 14. 24 + 14 + 17 + 25 = 80.
@ = 7, & = 4, $ = 8, # = 3, £ = 5.

Puzzle 10

Place a horizontal or a vertical line into every blank square.
Each number tells you the total length of the lines connected to that square.

[Ref: ZFLF] © Johan de Ruiter Visit www.puzzlepicnic.com for more Wall Puzzles.

Hint: Start by looking at the 6 and 4 on the top row.

Answer: